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SBEnrc 2.82: Digitally-enabled Asset Life-cycle Management

Digital engineering in the built environment has been the subject of changing practice and research for years and life-cycle consideration of the usefulness of the digital models has attracted much attention. This project seeks to examine the industry best practices and international standards related to the value of DE and BIM and develop a practical approach that can efficiently guide industry people to keep their DE models alive after construction and handover. This will aid the wider adoption of digital engineering and modelling for maintaining and operating assets across the construction supply chain, improving the efficiency of managing community assets, improving the return on investment and ensuring sustainability, resilience and safety.

There are three specific objectives based on the aforementioned specific industry needs:

  • To demonstrate the value of BIM, especially for small-scale built projects. While there are many recent reports on BIM value, these reports should be critically analysed and the BIM value for some specific types of projects, including small scale projects, underground assets, and heritage assets should be highlighted.

  • A DE-enabled asset life-cycle management process and prototype to ensure that DE/BIM models can stay alive after construction and handover. The prototype should have the capacity to reflect real asset conditions to enable effective and quick operation and maintenance decisions.

  • To demonstrate the use of latest technologies, e.g. image processing, for collecting real-time asset condition and investigate the approach to translate the raw data collected from these latest technologies into useful asset data that can be integrated and reflected in the development.


Curtin University

Western Sydney University

Griffith University

Main Roads Western Australia


Queensland Government

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