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Developing an Interoperability Framework for Seamless Information Exchange between BIM models and Facilities Management Systems


1. Introduction

I am a second year PhD student in construction management field at the University of Portsmouth. This research is a part of my PhD degree requirements. I would like to invite you to take part in my research study. Joining the study is entirely up to you, before you decide I would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. This study is concerned with the current practices of the facilities information management (FM) and the possibility of using building information modelling (BIM) as a leverage to facilities management practice. We are seeking participants who should be involved in managing operation and maintenance works of facilities and participants who should be involved in utilizing BIM for operations and maintenance phase. Participation in the research would require you to take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time to fill the questionnaire. You have been invited to take part because you have identified yourself (or been identified by BIFM, LinkedIn and BIM for FM groups) as having experience in facilities management and/or BIM for FM. Taking part in this research is entirely voluntary. It is up to you to decide if you want to volunteer for the study. If you agree to take part, I will then ask you to click next page tab to answer the survey questions. As a volunteer you can stop any participation in this study at any time before it completes by closing your internet browser. This survey is designated as being anonymous. The anonymised data-file will be stored on the researcher’s computer for at least 10 years, will only be used for the purpose of this study, and will not be shared with anyone other than the researchers involved. Any report based on this study will not identify any participants. If you have any questions about the research or would like a summary of the findings, please contact the researcher at In the unlikely event of a complaint you may also contact the Supervisor Dr. Mark on If you have read and understood everything on this page, please read the following consent statements: I am aged 18 years or older. I voluntarily agree to take part in this study. I have read and understood the Information Sheet provided. I understand the nature, purpose, and likely duration of the study, and what I will be asked to do. I have been advised about any discomfort and possible ill-effects on my well-being which may result. I understand that all personal data relating to volunteers is held and processed in the strictest confidence. I agree that I will not seek to restrict the use of the results of the study on the understanding that my anonymity is preserved. I understand that I am free to withdraw from the study at any time without needing to justify my decision and without prejudice. I confirm that I have read and understood the above and freely consent to participating in this study. Thank you for taking time to read this information sheet and for considering volunteering for this research.
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