Transforming BIM from Information to Knowledge Modeling for Facility Management

Jim Jones, Virginia Tech

Currently builiding information modeling (BIM) is focused on the processing of information for the design and construction of buildings. Less development has occurred related to extending BIM to building operations and facility management, while very little work has focused on extending BIM from an information-based to a knowledge-based tool. Through an approach of knowledge-capturing from facility management professionals and structuring such knowledge into decision support frameworks that can be merged with BIM, new domains and tools of facility management support become possible. This session presents the work at Virginia Tech that seeks to transform facility management through this knowledge-capturing procedure. The session is intended to solicit feedback to support defining the direction of this transformation.


Jim Jones is a professor of architecture, director of the Ph.D. Program in Design Research, and director of the Center for High Performance Learning Environments in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Dr. Jones holds a Master of Architecture and Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Jones has nearly thirty years of research and teaching experience related to environmentally responsive buildings and design decision-making. He has over 100 publications and conference presentations related to building design and performance assessment for energy efficiency and systems integration. He is a member of both the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers and the American Institute of Architects. He has conducted sponsored research for the DOE; the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy; the Honeywell Corporation; the Rehau Corporation; and the American Institute of Architects, to mention only a few. He holds two patents and two patent disclosures for architectural systems.