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Capital and Life Cycle

Costs in BIM
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Capital and Life Cycle Costs in BIM:

Total Asset Cost

Cost planning is about ensuring a building

delivers value for a client

Since eighty percent of a buildings costs are

in its usage, without knowing the costs to run
a building, a client cannot make a truly
informed decision

Cost in Use
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Construction Cost

Capital and Life Cycle Costs in BIM:


BIM is useful at every stage of deciding capital and

life cycle costs

The 3D model aspect can inform crucial design


This allows us to determine our options regarding

pump types (submersible pumps vs surface pumps)

Full costs of each type, taking into account connection

requirements, such as mains discharge, cable ducts,
foul inlets etc.

In other words, BIM informs design decisions,

which in-turn facilitate specification choice for
different building and engineering components.

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Source: BSI, 2013

Capital and Life Cycle Costs in

BIM: Modelling/Decision Making

But BIM is more than just 3D models, there are

also data models

COBie translates building information models

into spreadsheet form

This link to the automatic take-off ensures

nothing is missed

Furthermore, the shared data environment

allows for efficient collaborative production of
these models

This is a basic type of Decision Modelling

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Reduced Risk,
Increased Cost

Increased Risk,
Reduced Cost

Capital and Life Cycle Costs in BIM:

Modelling/Decision Making

Collaborative working via BIM and the data provided to us via BIM help
us make more informed decisions about complex questions with many

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Operation Phase


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Source: Carbon Trust, 2011

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