Spacewell is releasing a major Q4 2020 upgrade of its MCS Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS).

The MCS 20 release – featuring a unified user interface design and cohesive user experience across devices – allows for an easy transition to BIM-enabled FM, empowering organizations to optimize building management and maintenance. MCS 20 offers clear benefits for facilities managers but also for technicians, who can access BIM models in the field, visualize them in 3D (much faster than in any native IFC-based viewer) and see relevant assets as highlights on a semi-transparent building model, with all relevant information to execute work orders attached.

With MCS 20 asset registers for facility management no longer needing to be built manually, all spatial and asset data can be imported from BIM, and floors, rooms, and maintenance objects will be created automatically. This is not limited to a one-time operation; MCS 20 can import revised models, process the differences, and update the information accordingly. A BIM Explorer within MCS 20 lets users consult BIM models, with all of their objects and properties, in a graphical way. Users can update the properties of a BIM element and write the changes back to Bimplus. Thanks to an integration with MCS Web Work Orders, the tool also becomes incredibly useful for technicians working in buildings, providing them with clear asset location information and properties within the BIM model.

“As we have been told so often, BIM is intended to support the entire building life cycle: the design and construction phases, but also building operations and facility management. However, BIM-enabled FM has long remained in its infancy,” said Eric Van Bael, CEO at Spacewell. ”I’m thrilled that our new release now brings the benefits of BIM for FM within easy reach of building managers and field technicians. By embedding BIM data into an IWMS while also connecting with the IoT to collect data about building utilization, MCS 20 extends the value of BIM beyond design and construction and opens the way to create digital twins that help owners and project teams leverage intelligence throughout the building life cycle.”