How do codes of practice relating to asset management work using a BIM methodology? Let’s find out together (part 4)

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How much time and money are needed to create a data “archive”?

What amount of resources is needed to gather and insert information into this “archive”?

And what professional roles should be involved for this type of activity?

Obviously these aspects will have to be carefully evaluated by the organization, thus to focus on the correct type of data and information aiming at the optimization of their decision-making processes.

As indicated in the diagram below, PAS 1192-3 specifies the data flow that will converge in the Asset Information Model.

Relationship between elements of information management – PAS 1192-3

Relationship between elements of information management – PAS 1192-3


The upper part of the figure, concerning part 3 of PAS 1192 (asset management phase), originates from the Organizational Information Requirements (OIR).

At this stage, as mentioned in previous articles, the organization will have to identify its needs. Eg:

  • identify, assess and control the risks associated with the asset during its management
  • identify the warranty periods deadlines
  • evaluate the financial benefits of the planned improvement activities
  • determine the operational and financial impact of possible unavailability or failure of the model
  • undertake financial analysis of expected revenue and expenditure
  • compare the cost of the life cycle for alternative investments
  • determine the end of the assets economic life (for example, when the cost of the asset exceeds the associated income)
  • obtain / calculate the asset replacement values
  • undertake financial analysis of expected revenue and expenditure
  • develop an investment plan relating to the asset
  • calculate the financial and resource impact of deviation from the schedules that could lead to a change in the availability or performance of the asset (for example, what is the financial impact of deferring the maintenance of a specific generator of six months).

The Asset Information Requirement (AIR) alternatively points out the type of information needed to achieve such objectives, which should be available during the whole Asset Information Model  (AIM) flow.

The lower part of the diagram, concerning instead PAS 1192-2, shows the other important source of information for the AIM, the Project Information Model (PIM), or digital model of the construction, which is developed during the building planning and construction phases.

In conclusion, exchange of information and exchange of decision-making process rarely coincide during the use and maintenance phases of a building.

Realizing the possibility of storing “use and maintenance” information in such a way that they are always up-to-date and available to support the decisions of the management organizations is, therefore, a fundamental aspect for the management and improvement of the productivity of the organizations themselves.

In order to perform this function, PAS 1192-3 identifies the Asset Information Requirement – AIR.

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