Asset Life-cycle Model, Asset Information Model, and Why BIM Won’t Work


The U.S. tried to foster BIM with NBIMS,  also others in the world tried PAS this and PAS that, and ISO this and ISO that… the issue remains that standards can’t replace knowledge and competency.

At the end of there day BIM represents nothing new relative to the efficient life-cycle management of the built environment.  Sure, software firms, and folks that love 3D and make a living from it will tell you otherwise, but the simple truth is that BIM, as we now know it, can not and will not survive.

The fact that BIM is a failure is sad because the world desperately needs to get a grip on how to manage its limited economic and environment resources and built structures are significant in that process.   Furthermore, there are critical life-safety and security issues associated with our crumbling and mismanaged physical infrastructure.

The primary issue is that many facility management and AEC professionals confused 3D visualization with asset life-cycle management.  While 3D visualization is nice tool, is is just that, an individual component in the toolbox.  It’s not even the most important tool.   Large, multi-site, multi-national real property portfolios can be efficiently managed WITHOUT 3D visualization and BIM software as now available.

Thus the pressure by countries, such as the UK to use BIM is misdirected.

Any government regulation should be directly solely at Owners.  More specifically, asset life-cycle management practices and collaborative construction delivery methods (integrated project delivery – IPD, job order contracting – JOC)  should be mandated.  This includes a formalized set up key performance indicators (KPIs), robust lean best management practices, and ongoing education and training.

The methods to eliminate the rampant environment and economic waste endemic to the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations, and Owner sectors has been available for decades,  we simply don’t require Owners to do their jobs.

Owners must be required to develop technical and business competencies with respect to asset life-cycle modeling and total cost of ownership, and be able to LEAD collaborative teams of service providers.     Until this happens….   nothing will change, it is indeed as simple as that.

BIM asset life-cycle competencies

Asset Comptency Model

One thought on “Asset Life-cycle Model, Asset Information Model, and Why BIM Won’t Work

  1. 3D is a tool, when integrated into those management tools and augmented reality makes the management and BIG data useful. Without lateral integrationan dated from government down contractors who build turnkey don’t care about the majority of a buildings life cycle beyond minimum standards and regulations because monetary cost is valued over long term impact.

    All this data needs to be collected and evaluated and put back in the system to make things better. Without foresight people are too focused on short term monetary gains.

    Lonely BIM is unsustainable, just like the auto-drive car that crashed into the manually driven semi, but had the semi been part of a larger system the disaster could be avoided. Same for BIM, mandate and apply and cover fr every angle until it’s efficiency HAS to he utilized.

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