At its core, YouBIM® is a web-based Software, available both in the Cloud and On-Premises, which extends the value of BIM [Building Information Modeling] through to the Buildings Lifecycle by giving operators an integrated database and immediate access to location and asset information through an easy-to-navigate web-based 2D/3D-BIM interface.
YouBIM allows the user to track corrective maintenance and plan predictive maintenance, being able to visualize this in a calendar format. Checklists can be attached to the routines so the technician can understand the exact steps to perform the job correctly.
For small and mid-sized facilities, this is the best option to move from Excel-tracking into a cloud-based platform, that notifies the users of the work to be done through email and syncs his assigned Work Orders to his Google, Apple or Outlook Calendar.
Simplicity is the main focus in the user experience design, providing a powerful search engine, along with filtering and navigation options, that allows the user to quickly find what she is looking for, even without knowing the tag name of the equipment. This enables quick troubleshooting, and can save millions of dollars by letting the users know which valve to shut down before the carpet is all wet and ruined in a hospitality facility.
Furthermore, linking drawings, warranties and specifications from the equipment and main systems, the manager always has the information she needs at her fingertips, accessing the browser from his laptop or iPad device.
At construction handover, Owners receive a mix bag of CAD and BIM models including Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Fabrication CADMEP, Bentley AECOsim, ArchiCAD, Tekla, etc., or maybe a federated Navisworks coordination model. Having these models is very helpful versus only having traditional As Built Drawings, but Operators end up never using them because of their complexity.
Facility managers or technicians are typically not BIM experts and they should not need to be. BIM software tools are meant to be used by engineers and architects, for design and construction processes. YouBIM integrates these 3D models from different sources into an extremely easy-to-use 2D/3D interface, by exporting the data from the BIM models and uploading it to the cloud.
If you are interested in learning more about how to implement YouBIM and you have BIM capabilities in house, check out our YouBIM Certified Consultant Course.
For seamless workflows, YouBIM has flexible integration capabilities to connect with other software used in the facility such as CMMS/EAM software (i.e.: IBM Maximo, SAP EAM, TMA Systems, etc.), BMS & IoT, Document Management Systems, etc.
Without any need of custom implementation, YouBIM has a feature called external links, allowing for each asset to have a link that takes you out of YouBIM and into the right location within the destination software and vice versa. Some examples of this may be: Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox or any other software that can provide a URL.
On the other hand, for more custom integrations, YouBIM has an open API.
There are two out-of-the-box options to deploy YouBIM. The simpler one is on the cloud, having access from anywhere just with an internet connection. In this case, the client would pay for an annual license according to the size of the building, with the benefit of unlimited number of users.
However, if there are strict security requirements in place, which do not allow for cloud applications to be used, YouBIM can be deployed on-premises. In this case, we install YouBIM in the client’s servers and users can access when connected to the intranet. So in this instance, there is an upfront fee and then a maintenance fee paid per year. The fee is flat, meaning that it does not consider either size of the facility or number of users.
Regarding updates and when remodels or new projects are implemented in the plant, our team can apply those changes to the YouBIM environment, making sure it remains the source of truth and an accurate representation of reality.
In order to start using YouBIM, there needs to be an implementation process. This process consists on working with existing models (if there are, otherwise we built them for you) to get them FM-ready, data and requirements gathering for ensuring the implementation fulfill the client’s needs and is leveraged to its maximum, setting views, uploading information, QA, and so on.
This cost will depend on the amount of work to be done and, if the client has the capabilities, it can be done in house. The whole process and best practices explained in detail in our YouBIM Certified Consultant Course.
For more information about YouBIM being implemented at more buildings and facilities check our portfolio section.