Integrated Information Project

Updated April 17, 2020


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Background: Understanding how to manage information flows across an asset lifecycle is becoming very complex. With more and more standards being generated to define what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and by whom, we’ve collectively managed to add more complexity than most practitioners are able to handle. Trying to understand the ‘minimum’ information management protocols needed to work efficiently is becoming - even for specialists - very hard. Researchers from industry and academia must now stop and think how to reduce complexity so we can help practitioners to improve their digital processes and keep them from drowning in digital waste. When discussing information management, there are many proven ways to reduce complexity. These include (a) using a simple common language; (b) starting with the end in mind (the purpose of what we’re trying to achieve); (c) using clear visuals to expose relations between concepts; and (d) subdividing a complex process into smaller complicated ones, and then subdividing these again into simple tasks. This is the essence of this Integrated Information project, and this is what the BIMei Community is aiming to achieve through its many resources and tools.

Aim: This project will develop an online solution for managing information throughout an asset’s lifecycle. The solution relies on generating a large number of components through complementary Microprojects.

Main Components: This project is composed of many components - below is a partial list:

  • The LITE framework - a top-level structure to organise all components
  • The Information Taxonomy (Completed)
  • The Information Gate model (Completed)
  • An Information Cycle Model (Completed - Update Pending)
  • An updated Asset Hierarchy for information organisation (Completed)
  • Sample Verification and Validation Routines (Started)
  • An extended inventory of Information Uses:
  • Model Use Template Guide (Completed)
  • Model Used Templates (In Progress)
  • Mapped Software Tools List (In Progress)
  • LITE guidance materials (In Progress)
  • Project Extension Strategy (under review)
    • Community Engagement Plan (not started - assistance needed)
    • Funding and Sponsorship Plan (not started - assistance needed)

Development Notes

Upon completion of key components, the project will deliver a working prototype. Some of the foundational work for this project (Exploration Phase) started in February 2016 and is expected to reach maturity mid 2020.

This project is experimenting with an internal project management method based on Agile/ Scrum/ Kanban approaches. If you have experience in applying Agile methods to manage information on construction projects, please Contact Us; thank you.