Integrating Lifecycle Thinking in Asset Management Through BIM: Opportunities for the Water Sector

  • Emiliya SuprunEmail author
  • Rodney A. StewartEmail author
  • Sherif Mostafa
  • Oz Sahin
  • Edoardo Bertone
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


The water industry worldwide has been gradually transitioning towards digital asset management practices. Australia is no exception. However, these practices are often complicated by a lack of consistent models for gathering and maintaining up-to-date asset information across the industry. There is a need for innovative digital platforms and asset management solutions for making decisions that suit the increasing needs of the water sector. Building Information Modelling (BIM) can potentially be the conduit to asset management databases as it goes well beyond 3D models developed for use in the design and construction phase. The overarching goal of this research was to address the water industry challenge of implementing BIM to integrate digital data for the facility lifecycle as well as to provide information and decision support to asset management, and operation and maintenance. A number of workshops with asset managers and maintenance operators were held on the basis of a case study of a bulk water supply company in Australia. Stakeholders discussed specific expectations for the visualisation of information to ensure that data is used, understood and managed over the whole lifecycle. The barriers to the implementation of digital techniques for the purpose of efficient asset management were also explored.


Asset information model Asset management BIM Lifecycle thinking Water industry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering and Built EnvironmentGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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