Solution – Q4: Where best can the effect be accomplished?
In the last two questions, we looked at what needed to be done and how, in this question we need to look at where these actions need to take place, so that we can develop a Course of Action (COA) for the Information Management team.
This COA needs to identify who will take responsibility for the authorship of each set off information, who will authorise it and who in the end will own the information.
This leads to the question of whose CDE will be used for the project? Preferably this owned by the client and hosted in the cloud. This helps alleviate issues of the entire supply chain connecting into a single source of truth, as well as heading off legal implications on the ownership and access of data. It will also cut down multiple CDE’s which can cause confusion and additional cost to the client and finally will not leave insecure copies of data on vulnerable supply chain IT systems.
However, this may not be an option, so the Information Management team must work with the IT department and work out the best course of action available to them, ensuring that the supply chain can sufficiently interact with the chosen system and the OPEX teams are capable of receiving the information from the system. This COA must be communicated to the project manager and the BIM Execution Plan updated.
Project Information Requirements
Throughout the project’s lifecycle, from initiation until handover into operations there will need to be key decisions taken by the client. The information that is specific to the project and making these decisions are created whilst assessing the project outcomes, the critical success factors, project management processes and asset management process. (see the section on Organisational Information Requirements) During the 7 Questions for Capable Clients methodology, these requirements are built up and combined with the DCE document as the process unfolds.
Project Information Model
The Project Information Model (PIM) is, at the beginning of its lifecycle, an extract from the Asset Information Model. Made up of existing information on the current portfolio that will be affected by this project. In some cases, it may have a live link back into the AIM but most commonly it stands alone as a series of databases, servers, data sources, links to project site and surrounding area sensors/ actuators that create the project’s Digital Twin.