Asset management workshop
The one-day workshop was attended by delegates from CH2M, Atkins, Strabag, Redbite, Mott MacDonald, Costain, Skanska, Laing O’Rourke, London Underground, Crossrail, Network Rail, Highways England, Devonshire Council, Hertfordshire Council, Anglian Water, and Rutgers University.
The first half of the workshop summarised the completed and on-going CSIC activities in asset management. Dr Jennifer Schooling kicked off the workshop by giving an introduction to CSIC and also outlined the key outputs of the Centre across its different themes and the impact it has made to industry.
Dr Ajith Parlikad presented the value-based asset management decision-making methodology, along with the case studies done with London Underground, Cambridgeshire and Surrey County Councils.
Dr Tariq Masood presented a framework for infrastructure futureproofing and a tool for assessing the extent to which infrastructure assets are futureproofed against long-term disruptions and changing requirements.
Dr Phil Catton summarised his findings about the level of awareness of BIM amongst asset managers at county councils across the UK, and outlined the BIM self-assessment tool under development.
Dr Masood also presented an information-futureproofing process and tool that helps infrastructure owners assess the risks arising from long-term deterioration of asset information. This was followed by presentations from Dr Manuel Davilla and Dr Viorica Patraucean, who presented ongoing efforts in integrating BIM with sensor data and AI-based techniques for generating BIM models for existing assets respectively.
The second half of the workshop focussed on identifying the priority activities in asset management for the second phase of CSIC. The session kicked off by a presentation from Prof Mohsen Jafari and Dr Andres Roda from Rutgers University, who outlined the challenges faced by infrastructure organisations in the US. Prior to the workshop, delegates were requested to send the top three asset management challenges faced by industry and potential solutions/tools that CSIC should focus on in order to address those challenges. The delegates were asked to vote on these potential CSIC projects and a break-out session was organised for an in-depth discussion on the top three projects.
The project topics that were chosen for further discussion were:
1. Making the business case: Evidence-based benefits of “smart” asset management solutions
2. Linking degradation models and condition monitoring data with asset performance and making asset management decisions
3. Visualisation of whole-life asset management with BIM For each of the above topics, the discussion groups detailed the challenges that should be addressed by the proposed project, the expected outcomes of the project and the potential benefits to industry.
The input from the workshop will help CSIC set its directions for future research.