Contractors historically provided O&M information in either paper or pdf formats, meaning information provided was of little use in terms of being able to ‘use’ data provided to plan and manage actual operations and maintenance tasks.
Information would have to be read, then typed into a facilities management platform, refered to as a Comupter Aided Facilities Mangement (CAFM) system, usually resulting in high costs in terms of both license purchasing and user training.
CAFM systems are not only expensive, manually adding assets into them is also incredibly time consuming as buildings usually have over 10,000 assets as a minimum!
With the introduction of BIM, you may be lucky enough to receive digital information about your assets in the form of Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) data. This removes the need to input asset information manually as data inputted into ‘COBie sheets’ (usually a populated Excel spreadsheet) can simply be imported into CAFM sytems, depending on your legacy CAFM system, some do require an additional 3rd-party software tool.
In either case, should you update your asset data through task management, your original O&M source of information is now out of date and requires seperatley updating and synchronizing. In the case of paper and pdf this is of course practically impossible and in respect of BIM, this requires additioanl expense by way of BIM model viewing and editing tools, knowledge and training.
With Operance, you simply find the asset you require and add a task against it. That’s it, simple! No extraction, no expensive annual CAFM or BIM costs, no seperate updating, training, nothing.