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.

New document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: what does it mean in the building sector?

Whole-life performance is increasingly talked about within the building sector. But what is it and why is it important?
A new document titled “Building Whole-Life Performance” has been developed by the Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network. It provides answers, examples and references for those who are interesting in knowing more about the topic.
Building Whole-Life Performance – innovateuk.

▶ BBC One – Breakfast, 27/01/2015, The amazing 3D printed heart

A two year old girl who was born with a serious heart defect has had a life saving operation thanks to a 3D printer.
Mina had a hole between two chambers of her heart, but doctors were able to use the printer to create a model to help surgeons plan the operation.
We were joined by Mina and her mum Natasha, along with Dr Tarique Hussain who printed off the model of her heart.
▶ BBC One – Breakfast, 27/01/2015, The amazing 3D printed heart.

King's College London – 3D copy of patient's heart

A 3D printed model of a patient’s heart has been used by surgeons to help plan how to fix the heart. Researchers at King’s College London have pioneered a ground-breaking technique whereby a 3D printer working from scans on the patient, creates a physical replica of a patient’s organ. Surgeons can then use the plastic replica to see, measure – and hold – the organ in all its detail, and tailor the surgery before they operate. This is particularly useful for operating on small children, whose organs are very small.
Two-year old Mina was one of the first patients in the UK to benefit from this new technique. From birth, her heart was so deformed by a large hole between the two chambers, it was thought it could not be repaired. However using an exact replica of the heart printed off in plastic, doctors treating her at Evelina London Children’s Hospital were able to see the exact size and position of the hole in the wall between two of her heart chambers, and to design a patch for it.
The technique was pioneered at King’s College London by Dr Gerald Greil, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Evelina Hospital who specialises in creating high resolution 3D images of the heart using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In Mina’s case, Greil and colleagues within the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at King’s used computer software to stitch together more than 120 images of the heart, creating a 3D image that could be viewed on a scan from any angle. Turning this image into a replica was the next step.
Professor Reza Razavi, Head of Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London said: ‘We have been using 3D models for research and teaching for a while but using it clinically is a first for us.’
King’s College London – 3D copy of patient’s heart.

Fascinating Look at 3D Printed Shelby Cobra Shown at Detroit Auto Show – Michael Andrew Photography Blog

Fascinating Look at 3D Printed Shelby Cobra Shown at Detroit Auto Show
“According to ORNL, the entire process for building the car took only six weeks from first to last, including 24 hours to print the Cobra’s parts, 8 hours to print the tooling components, and 4 hours to machine the bodywork by the Knoxville-based TruDesign, who gave the car a Class A automotive finish.”
Fascinating Look at 3D Printed Shelby Cobra Shown at Detroit Auto Show – Michael Andrew Photography Blog.

Building Whole-Life Performance – innovateuk

Resource Efficiency Funding Opportunities Webinar

This KTN webinar will look at a number of funding opportunities for the Resource Efficiency Community, also including the upcoming competition for funding “Building whole-life performance”.


12.00: Introduction to Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network
Steve Fletcher – Head of Sustainability and Resource Efficiency

12.10: Innovate UK Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste Competition
Catherine Joce – Circular Economy Lead

12.20: Innovate UK Circular Economy: Business Models Competition
Catherine Joce – Circular Economy Lead

12.30: Project REBUS SME call
Ben Peace – Sustainability Lead

12.35: Innovate UK Building whole-life performance Competition
Valeria Branciforti – Knowledge Transfer Manager Built Environment

12.45: Non-thematic funding opportunities
Derek Pedley – Environmental Services Lead

12.55: KTN support available
Catherine Joce – Circular Economy Lead

13.00: Q&A

13.15: Close

Building Whole-Life Performance – innovateuk.

Innovate UK: £6M Innovation Funding | BIM Task Group

Innovate UK has published two new business-led competitions to tackle two key challenges affecting the Built Environment; Supply Chain Collaboration and Whole-Life Performance. The competitions will be open to business led consortia. SME’s can attract up to 70% funding and large business can attract up to 50% subject to conditions.
Innovate UK: £6M Innovation Funding | BIM Task Group.

£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.
See the full article
£1m Innovate UK contract to help digitise Government construction projects – press release display page – innovateuk.