Asset Management ‘next stage in the evolution of BIM’

Asset Management is the ‘next stage in the evolution of BIM’, that’s according to the Marketing Director of one of the world’s leading construction software firms.

In an article on Australian AEC news site Sourceable, Bentley Systems’ Industry Marketing Director for Rail Steve Cockerell said the London Crossrail project represents the most complex example of using BIM for the purpose of asset lifecycle information management (ALIM). ALIM is the term used to describe when BIM is used to enhance efficiency and management when a project is in some stage of active operation. In Lehmann’s terms, this means ALIM will foresee future costs in repairing parts of a build.


Crossrail, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, is a 118 kilometre line expansion of the London Underground, which in-turn will also require an additional 42 kilometres of tunnelling to link new routes with pre-existing ones.


The Crossrail Asset Information Management System has been set-up to aid this construction and the system will eventually record one million individual data records via intelligent data sheets. This collection of data is estimated to save the rail development a staggering fifty million pounds in maintenance and operations fees.


Visiting Australia, Cockerell said that Australian firms are becoming increasingly knowledge about ALIM: “For operators of commuter light rail, freight and mining assets in Australia, there’s real focus on keeping the asset in tip top condition, because every delay or problem costs them money. “ALIM can definitely help them achieve this via enhanced management of the data and information in such projects.”


Do you have any success stories relating to ALIM?