Integrated Information Project

Updated Oct 25, 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 (On Hold - funding needed)
  • 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

Note 1: A more complete LITE components list will be announced soon.

Note 2: This BIMe Initiative project aims to deliver a working Integrated Information Platform. Many of the foundational work for this project (Exploration Phase) have started in February 2016 and is ongoing to this date. To deliver the platform, the team is seeking the active participation of institutional (willing to undertake part of the development effort) and funding partners (capable of securing research or commercial funding) and the initiation of a project management team to deliver mockups, prototypes, and a seed online tool. To participate or provide funding support (repaid in early access, publicity, and joining the decision-making process), please Contact Us; thank you.

Note 3: 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.