Last edited 19 Jun 2021

Computer aided facilities management CAFM


[edit] Introduction

Computer aided facilities management software assists facilities managers with planning, managing, reporting and tracking facilities operations. It is usually is a mixture of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and/or specific facilities management relational database software.

Facilities management software tools were first developed in the late 1980s and became popular in a variety of sectors including; healthcare, government, education, commercial organisations and industry. Many computer aided facilities management (CAFM) software solutions are now web-based and offer a wide variety of features including facilities orientated scheduling and analysis techniques.

Computer aided facilities management systems can:

[edit] Capabilities

Computer aided facilities management systems will include a variety of functions and features which can be tailored to the exact requirements of the organisation. This might include:

[edit] Integrated computer aided facilities management systems

Integrated CAFM systems have intelligent interfaces, along with advanced functionalities and links to analysis packages. Features common to most integrated CAFM systems include:

Increasingly, CAFM systems include or are linked to building information models (or asset information models). BIM can provide a fully-populated asset data set to feed into CAFM systems and modelling to enable planning modifications. This data need to be maintained throughout the building lifecycle.

The introduction of Project & Life Cycle Management Systems should ensure that existing CAFM systems do not become redundant but rather that facilities managers benefit from:

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