Many of our clients are in the healthcare sector, where many hospitals, often established many years ago, have been extended and renovated over many years. This means that there is a lack of accurate drawings, and those that are available can range from hard copies to pdfs to CADs and finally to REVIT. We will compile all the documentation we can find into a model and then conducted a gap analysis on the information and agreed priorities with the hospital, such as emergency safety systems, for physical inspections. The FM Ready model contains detailed information for the entire building, including dimensions, fire occupancy, the plumbing system, including all pipes, risers and valves, electrical installations, medical gas, the presence of hazardous substances such as asbestos, right down to the exact colour the walls are painted. Any replacements or interventions are logged, along with reports of any failures or maintenance activities and even photographs.
The benefits to our FM Ready clients are borne out by their experience of how, through our software and service, their daily operation efficiencies are increased, with significant savings of time and money. With all drawings, documentation and data gathered into a single source, less time is spent locating issues and more time efficiently managing and resolving them. For example, one hospital conducts an annual inspection of its fire alarms, which in the past involved trawling through different documents to locate the devices throughout the hospital. Now that all the data is available through FM Ready, the inspection, which used to take four to six weeks, can now be completed in less than half the time.
Another client cites the case of how, when a sprinkler pipe burst, FM Ready as-built drawing documentation enabled them to locate the shut off valve within minutes, minimising the amount of damage to the facility.