Welcome to the fourth part in our Quick Guide series! Have you ever wondered, how owners and managers of infrastructure assets can benefit from BIM? This time we’ll cover how BIM tools can help in asset management.

What is BIM?

Building information model, or BIM, means a multidimensional model of a building or a structure, and has information attributes attached to it.

The true BIM also has other dimensions, like time and cost. Assets’ information models can be updated and used throughout the structures’ life cycle, thus giving you the access to the condition of all sites from the office.

The 3D tools are not only for planning and design, they can be in the very core of entire asset management and the life-cycle process. Because the construction phase is, in fact, the shortest period of a building’s lifecycle, BIM should be used in the whole lifetime to get the best out of it.

Infrastructures are supposed to last for decades or even centuries. Data management is something all asset owners benefit from investing in.

How and why asset managers use BIM

BIM isn’t just a tool that can be used in daily operations. Using BIM helps developing and improving asset management.

Those in charge need timely data to support decision making and maintenance planning. There are many whom this concerns and the data must be available to all: the managers themselves, designers, constructors, surveyors… For some, the visualization is the most valuable part of BIM, for others it might be the positioning data.

BIM is the solution to bringing asset specific data to all stakeholders, making it accessible, but first and foremost, utilizable.

BIM reduces the costs of asset management in the long run, because it is of great help in decision making. It is, in fact, a strategic advantage. The advantages of committing to information model in asset management include:

  • decisions can be made faster
  • more effective and accurate calculations
  • lower risks through e.g. damage prevention
  • easier to find and implement possibilities
  • higher quality and reliability of data
  • improved communication for all stakeholders


Information models in underwater asset management

It is known that adopting BIM brings long term value to asset integrity managers in e.g. marine and energy industries. In fact, there’s hardly any business that wouldn’t benefit from it.

Even a riverbed can be part of a BIM model: the 3D point cloud is connected to real location on site, and other attributes like condition and materials can be added to help e.g. plan inspections and repairs. Scheduling inspections will become easier.


Example of hydropower plant 3D data


In underwater assets this is especially handy, because it is time and money consuming to access most sites. 3D data pinpoints the exact as-is conditions and geographical data, as we said in the first part of this blog series. 

VRT’s solutions include effective and non-disturbing inspections, analysis and reporting in 3D. The reports and point clouds are delivered in our Gisgro online service. With even just one inspection you can get the base for advanced BIM asset management.


More in the Quick Guide series:

Part 1: Quick Guide to Utilizing 3D data in Underwater Asset Management 

Part 2: Quick Guide: Underwater Inspection Process 

Part 3: Quick Guide: BIM in Life-Cycle Management of Underwater Structures

Stay tuned for the next part of our Quick Guide series!


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