Digitalising Asset Management: concomitant benefits and persistent challenges

Roberts, C.J. and Pärn, E.A. and Edwards, D.J. and Aigbavboa, C. (2018) Digitalising Asset Management: concomitant benefits and persistent challenges. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 36 (2). pp. 152-173. ISSN 2398-4708

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Purpose: Advancements in digital technologies have provided significant opportunities to improve the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owner-operated (AECO) sector’s performance through superior data management, streamlined processes and cooperative working practices. However, whilst academic literature widely espouses these benefits during the design and construction phases of development, research suggests that the operational phase of a building’s lifecycle has yet to fully realise performance improvements available through the application of digital modelling technology. This paper synthesises extant digital modelling, asset management and emergent digital asset management literature, to report upon the beneficial implications of digitalised asset management and identify obstacles hampering its adoption in industry.

Approach: A componential synthesis of future work reported upon in extant literature is organised into thematic categories that indicate potential research avenues and a trajectory for digital asset management research and practice.

Findings: Themes identified include: i) imprecise BIM definitions; ii) isolated software development; iii) data interoperability; iv) intellectual property (IP) and virtual property (VP) rights; and vi) skills and training requirements. Notably, increased environmental performance also arose as a theme requiring further research but received considerably less academic coverage than the other obstacles identified.

Originality/ value – The work presents a comprehensive review of digital technologies utilised within the AECO sector and as such provides utility to researchers, policy makers and practitioners to enhance their knowledge capabilities.

Item Type: Article
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Date: 26 January 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asset management, Building Information Modelling, AECO efficiencies, Digital built environment, Whole lifecycle development
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2019 11:27

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