What Is the Facility Information Specification (FIS)?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has mostly replaced other tools as the preferred program for the construction field. Facility managers, reasonably, often want to leverage the BIM’s vital information to enhance building operations and general maintenance.

BIM is able to meet most facility managers’ information requirements. With better and more accurate data, prioritizing sustainability goals is easier than ever.

Yet sometimes facility managers don’t get complete data from BIMs. This is often due to their inability to articulate their asset data needs in a language the BIM can process accurately. And, because they lack the correct requirements, capital project managers and construction teams are left to guess the scope and scale of the information that the facility managers need.

That’s why, if they’re to be successful, facility managers need to learn how to define their necessities in the language of BIM.

This process is, luckily, quite straightforward:

  • Specify needs
  • Compile relevant data
  • Validate numbers
  • Deliver on goals
  • Apply lessons learned to facility operations

Crafting a Successful Facility Information Specification


The scope of a Facility Information Specification is comprised of two parts:

  • A list of the building elements (floors, rooms, etc.) you wish to track
  • The specific information to be collected for each building element or asset

Building Elements and Equipment Tracking

What types of building elements (doors, smoke vents, light fixtures) and equipment (HVAC systems, pumps, valves) should be tracked? Generally speaking, the types of assets that should be tracked by Facility Management software should be those most crucial to facility operations and safety. But, if a new facility varies considerably from an existing facility, a new list will need to be created.

Want to know more about Facility Information Specifications and how they can help improve your facilities processes? Call MaintenX today!