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Jun 05 2015

Infrastructure Lifecycle Management – What ILM Means For You

Infrastructure Lifecycle ManagementInfrastructure Lifecycle Management (ILM) is a term which describes an integrated approach to the entire lifecycle of a built asset from planning, through design and construction and into operations and finally sale or disposal.  Each stage requires consideration of the information needs of other lifecycle stages, requiring a commitment to the consistent collection of structured data.

This integrated approach both to individual assets and, more ambitiously to the built environment as a whole is the objective of the BIM and Government Soft Landings (GSL) initiatives.  Ultimately, effective ILM can lead to better project outcomes and a better built environment for the people who own and use it and ultimately the wider community and the environment.

Many within the AEC, infrastructure and property industries may question what practical benefit these seemingly lofty goals bring to their organisation.  At first glance it may seem that the benefits accrue to the asset owner and operator, with the weight of the work placed on the contractor and consultants.

ILM requires the consistent and systematic collection, management and update of information throughout an asset’s life.  At CONJECT, it is our mission to provide integrated software solutions that support processes and data at every stage of an asset’s life.  We are unique in being able to offer tangible benefits to stakeholders at every stage of a built asset’s lifecycle:

 

Consultants – Build it (digitally)

Involved from the inception of a built asset project design teams, project managers and other consultants have a major influence over the asset’s final suitability and quality as well as being responsible for a considerable proportion of the risk in projects.  Consultants can take a leading role to ‘set the stage’ for effective collaboration and data sharing, e.g. as set out in BIM based plan of works.  Using a Common Data Environment “CDE” to control information lifecycle will ensure a project is given the best possible start.

 

Contractors – Build it physically (with less change)  

Being involved early in the design process means reducing the amount of change between the process of digital construction and physical construction.

Also, involvement of the asset owners and operators, particularly with regards to their operational information requirements greatly improves the handover and commissioning process.  As well as reputational benefits, if the asset handed over by the contractor is as the client expects the risk of dispute and compensation is reduced.

A CDE will help organisations centralise their models, files and associated data, control change processes including a full audit trail, deliver defined datasets at the various stage gateways, required to meet the standards of Level 2 BIM and GSL.

 

Owners and Operators – Easy handover of as-built information

Being involved throughout the planning and construction process helps the asset owner ensure that at handover the asset they receive is the one they expect and need, and that they have the information required to operate and maintain it effectively.  However an integrated approach to ILM doesn’t end with the handover of an asset.  Throughout its operational life there will need to be close coordination between asset owners, facility managers and service providers to ensure the asset is maintained and utilised in a way that enables a maximum return on investment for the owner and optimal experience for the user.  The CONJECT CDE provides the option of using the structured as-built information to support other activities, for example asset disposal or facilities management.

 

CONJECT – The ILM Group

They key to ILM is effective communication and management of information within and between each phase of the asset lifecycle.

The CONJECT Group provides best-in-class collaborative software to support communication and to manage key processes and activities throughout the ILM lifecycle.  Hence the phrase ‘CONJECT – The ILM Group’.

To find out more about how CONJECT can support an integrated approach to ILM visit our website.

About the author

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason leads the UK and MEAP Marketing team, with far too many years in B2B marketing to mention. A CONJECT newbie, Michelle is eagerly climbing a steep learning curve.

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