Jul 23 2014

The role of PAS1192-3 in optimising asset management

PAS1192-3 CoverPAS1192-3 came into effect on 31st March 2014.  What does it mean for an industry already having difficulty getting to grips with the application of BIM and soft landings?  Also, what is the difference between PAS1192-3 and PAS1192-2?

These are the questions this post seeks to address.

What is the importance of a PAS document?
A PAS (publicly available standard) is not a legal requirement – it is a document which sets out standardised best practice in a particular subject.  It is written in the format of a British Standard (BS), although it requires less consensus than a BS, European or international standard, and can therefore be generated in a shorter timescale.  All PAS standards are reviewed for acceptance by a BSI panel.  A PAS can go on to become a British Standard.


PAS1192-3 and its companion PAS1192-2
PAS1192-3 and PAS1192-2 are companion documents that are designed to be used together to help deliver significant cost savings and carbon emission reductions across a built asset’s lifecycle.

Whilst PAS1192-2 specifies the information management process to support the delivery of BIM level 2 in an asset’s capital/delivery phase, ultimately delivering a project information model, PAS1192-3 seeks to set out the need for information management requirements and an information model focused on an asset’s operation and maintenance.

History informs us that to maximise a built asset’s operational effectiveness, accurate and complete information is a must – irrespective of whether this relates to an existing asset or one planned / in development.

PAS1192-3 highlights a need to implement robust, repeatable, processes to capture the data required.  Once captured, data needs to be combined and quality checked to form a complete digital picture of the asset, referred to as an Asset Information Model (AIM).

As the asset changes or additional knowledge is captured about it, this information needs to be updated in the AIM to ensure it is always relevant.


Improved information = cost and carbon savings
Data integration across construction and throughout the operational phases of an asset’s life can help organisations deliver significant cost savings.  Maintaining the accuracy of an AIM requires long term commitment.  People need education to capture the right information.  Automated processes should be implemented to ensure accurate information is captured where and when it is created, and it needs validation to ensure the integrity of the AIM is maintained.   Whilst not everyone is convinced, the payback is forecast to be substantial, with the UK government targeting 20% annual cost savings from the public estate.

In addition, an AIM can help focus on improving an asset’s carbon footprint across all lifecycle phases. This knowledge is invaluable to design & construction teams as they can incorporate the latest carbon reduction methods such as use of natural light and natural ventilation to reduce carbon costs and source low-carbon materials from the right suppliers to deliver the project.

Consider the following potential benefits as a result of knowing your asset(s) inside and out:

  1. Smaller buildings, through knowing how to use them better.
  2. Whole life cost comparisons/benchmarks will inform better Return on Investment decisions.
  3. Owners will be able to ‘visualise’ their assets and quickly model operational changes.
  4. Engineers will be equipped with the right replacement parts on maintenance visits.
  5. Post occupancy evaluations will improve design decisions on new projects.

Many CONJECT users are BIM level 1 compliant, and our goal is to deliver a BIM level 2 solution in 2014.  You can download and read full details of the PAS1192-3 standard free.

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Key themes from Government soft landings conference
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BIM Demystified
Key issues that will influence the AEC industry in 2014




About the author

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper is Managing Director of Conject Ltd. He has spent over 25 years within the construction and engineering software markets, successfully running sales and marketing teams. He spent a number of years at SAP within their E&C practice, set up and managed a distribution channel in Asia Pacific for a division of Misys and ran a sales and marketing team within CSB COINS. In 2000 he gained an MBA from Henley Management College.

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