What is the Asset Information Model (AIM)?

The Asset Information Model or AIM is a term used to describe the collated set of information gathered from all sources that supports the ongoing management of an asset.

The AIM serves as a single source of validated and approved information that relates to a built asset and is used during the operational phase of a building. It is a term that may relate to a single asset, a system of combined assets, or an organisation’s entire portfolio of assets.

Where does the production of the AIM fit in a BIM workflow?
The PAS 1192 suite of documents provide defined processes, such as collaboration using shared models developed to common standards, as well as activities including model co-ordination, interface management, and information quality management.

The Project Information Model (PIM) is developed during the design and construction phase of a project in response to requirements set out in Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR). The PIM will typically consist of a federated building information model, a range of non-graphical data and documentation. Starting off as a design intent model, level of detail will increase and, eventually, become a virtual construction model containing all objects need to be manufactured, constructed or installed.

At project completion required information from the PIM is transferred to the AIM in accordance with the processes and data set out in the EIR. This process is set out in detail in PAS 1192:3.

What information is contained in the AIM?
The AIM comprises models, data, documents and other records related to or required for the operational phase of an asset.

It might include information outlining the original design intent, details of ownership, survey work undertaken, operational performance details as well as 3D models developed on the project.

Who uses the information in the AIM and what for?
The AIM is used by clients, end users and facility managers as a building enters the Operation and In Use phases of the project lifecycle.

Building owner/occupiers will use the data and information contained in the AIM to answer the Organisational Information Requirements (OIR) to support business operations.

Asset management suppliers will use the data contained in the AIM to manage their activities effectively.

The AIM should deliver a fully-populated asset data set that can, if required, be used by computer-aided facility management systems (CAFM). This software allows facility managers to plan, execute and monitor activities required to deliver proactive and reactive maintenance, explore space configuration and manage moves. Vendors like Bentley (Asset Wise), Business Collaborator (BC), Ecodomus (BIM Platform) and others produce software products that allow an asset information model to be established.

£1m Innovate UK contract to help digitise Government construction projects – press release display page – innovateuk

Innovate UK has awarded a £1m contract to RIBA Enterprises to develop a prototype digital tool that is set to transform the procurement of buildings and infrastructure at home and abroad.
Free to use, the tool will exploit the standards being made publicly available for Building Information Modelling (BIM).  Regarded as a ‘game-changer’, BIM involves the sharing of three-dimensional data and associated asset information by all responsible for the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.
RIBA Enterprises has been awarded the contract following an open competition launched in February 2014 and run in partnership with the Department for Business (BIS) and the joint industry-government BIM Task Group.
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£1m Innovate UK contract to help digitise Government construction projects – press release display page – innovateuk.

Construction Industry Council – CIC BIM2050 Group publishes Built Environment 2050 Report

CIC BIM2050 Group publishes Built Environment 2050
The BIM2050 group, which was formed by CIC in September 2012 and comprises 18 young construction professionals under the Chairmanship of David Philp, Head of BIM, HM Government UK BIM Task Group, has today published its much anticipated Built Environment 2050:  A Report on our Digital Future. The report is available here.
The report, a compilation of essays authored by BIM2050 work stream leads, is the result of the group’s research into what an interdisciplinary scope of work may look like as construction technology develops to BIM Level 3 and beyond, towards 2050. It provides an assessment of the current situation and makes proposals for future development. The focus of the report rests on three key areas – education and skills, technology and process and the culture of integration. It highlights the risks and challenges, and the opportunities and benefits that come with large scale innovation and game changing new technologies.
via Construction Industry Council – CIC BIM2050 Group publishes Built Environment 2050 Report.

B I M Building Information Modelling is this the new word on the street?

BIM is not a new concept any regards, I am currently reading BIM and construction management by Brad Hardin, and he quotes Mr. Charles Eastman (CRC Press, 1999) in his book “BIM is a digital representation of the building process to facilitate exchange and interoperability of information in digital format.” which I completely agree with it not about the 3D modelling and the design stages, it is about the whole process of exchanging and collaborating information.. Well if you get a chance to pick up a copy of this book so far so good… more information on the book can be found here..

Construction Manager – Towers Are the height of Fashion in London

Towers are the height of fashion in London
If it were possible to zoom 15 years into the future and take a tour of London, you might find your sense of geography getting a bit confused. Around Vauxhall you’d find a cluster 20 towers, forming a new high-rise suburb. In Stratford there’s a canyon banked by 100m cliff faces. Canary Wharf has spawned a new office quarter and residential towers, looking down on a cluster of seven high rises across the river at the Greenwich Peninsula. And London’s South Bank, from Blackfriars to Waterloo, has been punctuated with new towers that will forever change our views of central London.
This emerging skyline is starting to take shape today: developers are maximising the value of London’s scarce land by building tall, stacking new apartments for a buoyant housing market fuelled by the capital’s steady population growth.
The trend is explored at the “London’s Growing… Up!” exhibition at the Building Centre curated by New London Architecture, which also commissioned research by property company GL Hearn into just how many high-rises are proposed. The results were startling : no fewer than 236 towers above 20 storeys are in the planning process at the moment. Of these, 80% have a primarily residential use.
via Construction Manager – Agenda.

Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each WinSun 3D printed houses – Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each WinSun 3D printed houses – Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
Chinese engineers appear to have stolen a march in the race to build the world’s first 3D printed house.
The Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co has released images of a its new type of printed house, of which it made 10 in a day.
Unlike the 3D printed house taking shape in the north of Amsterdam by Dutch architect DUS, which is being built over the next three years from a printed set of rooms, the Chinese homes are assembled from a series of printed components. Each house will cost just $4800 (£2,800). An enormous 3D printer, 32 metres long, 10 metres wide and 6.6 metres high is used to make the components, website 3ders reported.
The “ink” used for the Shanghai 3D printed houses is based on high-grade cement and glass fibre. Like traditional 3D printers, the system deposits the material layer by layer, consistently building upward. 3ders says the houses are 200 sq m in size and are being built in Shanghai’s Qingpu district.

Construction Manager – Level 7 NVQ gets faast track to chartership

Anyone holding or studying for an Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management will no longer need to take a professional competence assessment in order to complete the CIOB’s Professional Review process and become chartered, the CIOB has announced.
Candidates will be able to present their NVQ 7 qualification certificate as evidence of meeting the Professional Review competence criteria along with a short application form detailing their CPD, training and commitment to the Institute’s code of conduct.
Shortening the vocational route to membership should help anyone put off by the cost of higher education, and reduce duplication and bureaucracy, said Ros Thorpe, head of education at the CIOB.
Construction Manager – News.

Standardization of digital building information models, BOS

The construction industry is a paradigm shift in which data from the planning and design phase is exchanged and stored in digital building information models (BIM), and this data can be reused for subsequent maintenance and operation of buildings. Bruken av BIM fordrer at det finnes manualer og standardiserte regelsett som sier noe om hvem som skal kunne legge inn og hente ut hvilke data i de ulike fasene av et byggeprosjekt. The use of BIM requires that there are manuals and standardized set of rules that says something about who can enter and retrieve the data in the various phases of a construction project. Read the full article