One of the most commonly cited benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is its capacity to deliver the information, captured during the design and construction processes, about a built asset to those responsible for its ongoing operation and maintenance (O&M).
However, several problems stand in the way of realising this benefit, including:

  • a lack of clear understanding by design consultants and construction/project managers of the information needs of asset managers and facility managers
  • an inability of clients to articulate their information requirements early enough in the project for these requirements to be well-defined contractually, or to allow for effective planning of their delivery
  • misconceptions about BIM and, in particular, how it should be used to deliver asset information
  • the huge volume of information generated during the design and construction phases, much of which is not relevant to the operation phase.

The purpose of this Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) Guide is to assist clients and their consultants to define their Asset Information Requirements (AIR) to take advantage of BIM’s capacity to capture and deliver asset data.

The primary audience of this Guide:

  • clients, their agents and lead consultants who have relatively limited experience in using BIM to deliver information for operational purposes
  • clients who do not have well-developed statements of organisational information requirements (OIR), asset management strategies, AIR, existing data standards, etc.

This Guide focuses more on decision-making about the information required, rather than on providing detailed coverage about the information itself.

It also focuses on defining the information deliverables required at the handover between the construction and operational phases of an asset, rather than on the requirements at each stage of a project. The intention is to focus attention on the outcomes of the AIR definition process.


ABAB AIR Guide [2.8 MB]     Download