Maximo BIM visual representations of buildings and assets

It is generally known that IBM Maximo is the leading tool in asset, maintenance and facility management. Less known is that IBM  equipped Maximo with many new features in recent times. One of the best kept secrets is the inclusion of Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM provides support for integrating BIM data into Maximo and for full 3D display of BIM data in context with Maximo applications and processes. Best of it, it comes standard with any new Maximo version as of!

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IBM’s choice to make Building Information Modeling available in Maximo meets the increasing demands of its user. Foremost the users who are not just asset-oriented but have a distinct focus on managing their facilities and buildings with help of Maximo.

Building information modelling (BIM) is a 3D digital representation of a building and a set of process that use that representation for construction projects, such as buildings, roads, and bridges. Companies use this as a standard during the design and builds phases of construction and adopt it for building operations.

Maximo BIM utilises a subset of the commonly used Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) format. Data in COBie format imports into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Projects application in Maximo. Supported COBie tables that qualify for importing and exporting include Facility, Floor, Space, Component, Type, System, Zone and many more.

Use the BIM Projects application and you can collaborate and gather information throughout the design and building phase of a construction project, i.e. a building, a road or asset and import the data once the project is complete. As such, companies use it to depict the “as-built” state of a project.

After importing the data, you can view a 3D visualisation of the model in context with the imported data through the Maximo BIM Viewer, one of the applications in the extension. This visualisation will help in improving the efficiency of the maintenance work planning and execution process. You can export the as-maintained data to update the model for a renovation project.

The BIM extensions tightly integrate with commonly used Maximo applications, such as Work Order Tracking and Locations. The viewer thus allows the normal Maximo lookup mechanism to provide direct visual selection of assets from a building model.

BIM and Maximo

As stated, the IBM Maximo BIM extension comes out-of-the-box with all currently supported Maximo versions. BIM’s visualisation capabilities provide an excellent and easy entry to deliver your users the visual insights they crave for.

We at MACS are at your service to assist you in getting the BIM extensions ready to go. If you can visualise your IBM Maximo improvement, we can build it for you.


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