Data: The Forgotten one in Project Management, BIM Process and Asset Management

Seize the opportunity of the digital shift not only to support design and construction projects, but also to optimize asset management. Digital data should be centralized in a common environment for its useful life, it is therefore suggested to build it in alignment with all asset life cycle activities.

The ISO standards, in relation to the different stages of the BIM process, have a common link, which is to focus on the importance of digital data. The project management process, when well integrated within the BIM process, allows for a better understanding of the added value of digital data. It also brings new opportunities, such as the integration of asset management requirements earlier and in a collaborative way to the project.

Certain notions of project management and asset management are based on standards that work conjointly.  The concepts addressed by the processes or standards are used notably to determine best practices for creating and integrating structured data, with the goal of enabling its usage by the owner. The control of data’s life cycle becomes a key element for an owner, making it important to take it into account when developing project requirements.

In order to obtain control over all the data of a project, it is therefore important to set up an ecosystem allowing centralization, interoperability and accessibility to asset-specific data.


International standards complement each other and become a good strategic tool for:

  • The development of business processes
  • The optimization of organizational strategies
  • The creation of efficiency in information governance

When using 3D models, in order to have added value in business processes and in asset management, it is important that the models have structured, up to date and verified data. The data within 3D models has a greater potential than its common use limited to design and construction; it can become useful during the entire life cycle of the asset when it is based on all the requirements, including asset management.


Relationship between asset life cycle stage versus its duration of life and effort.

Stage of asset life cycle Duration of stage in full asset life cycle Percentage of effort (time spent) in full asset life cycle
Planning +/- 3 months 3%
Design +/- 6 months 5%
Production +/- 12 months 7%
Construction +/- 24 months 10%
Operate +/- 50 years 75%


"Data plays a predominant role in the concepts addressed in the majority of standards related to the BIM process and their application."

Geneviève Crête,
Partner / Senior BIM/VDC Project Manager
Information Governance / Project Management

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