Building (Preventative) Maintenance Scheduling


A process in which the functionality of the building structure (walls, floors, roof, etc) and equipment serving the building (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc) are maintained over the operational life of a facility. A successful maintenance program will improve building performance, reduce repairs, and reduce overall maintenance costs.

Potential Value:

  • Plan maintenance activities proactively and appropriately allocate maintenance staff
  • Track maintenance history
  • Reduce corrective maintenance and emergency maintenance repairs
  • Increase productivity of maintenance staff because the physical location of equipment/system is clearly understood
  • Evaluate different maintenance approaches based on cost
  • Allow facility managers to justify the need and cost of establishing a reliability centered maintenance program

Resources Required:

  • Design review software to view Record Model and components
  • Building Automation System (BAS) linked to Record Model
  • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) linked to Record Model
  • User-Friendly Dashboard Interface linked to Record Model to provide building performance information and/or other information to educate building users

Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to understand and manipulate CMMS and building control systems with Record Model
  • Ability to understand typical equipment operation and maintenance practices
  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D Model

Selected Resources:

  • Campbell, D.A. (2007). BIM - Web Applications for AEC, Web 3D Symposium.
  • Fallon, K. (2008). “Interoperability: Critical to Achieving BIM Benefits”. AIA Edges Website: Singh, H.; W.H. Dunn (2008).  Integrating Facilities Stovepipes for Total Asset Management (TAM). Journal of Building Information Modeling, Spring 2008. http://www.aia.ord/nwsltr_tap.cfm?pagename=tap_a_0704_interop
  • ASHRAE (2003). HVAC design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics. Atlanta, GA. (2004). Federal energy Management Program. O&M Best Practices: A Guide to Achieving Operational Efficiency, Release 2.0.  July 2004.
  • Piotrowski, J. (2001). Pro-Active Maintenance for Pumps. Archives, February 2001,