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This month’s Smart Infrastructure Blog is published to coincide with the release of the ‘Line of Sight: an Asset Management Methodology to Support Organisational Objectives’ paper by CSIC in partnership with Costain and the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub).

Written by the paper's lead author Dr James Heaton, Digital Consultant at Costain and currently on secondment to CSIC developing the Line of Sight methodology, applications and tool, the blog describes an innovative framework to help organisations create a ‘golden thread’ of information to give a line of sight directly connecting organisational objectives and asset requirements.

The Smart Infrastructure Blog gives a quickfire summary of what the Line of Sight Methodology is, how it works and why it is needed now.

A line of sight between OIR and AIR will create a ‘golden thread’ for data and information and enable better-informed decision-making. Dr James Heaton

“The success of an asset management organisation is in the realisation of the full potential ‘value’ of their assets. However, because these assets often number in the thousands, measuring and monitoring asset value is a complicated challenge,” says Dr Heaton.

“This challenge can result in a disconnect between the organisation itself and the assets they maintain and operate, with no direct line of sight between Organisational Information Requirements (OIR) and Asset Information Requirements (AIR). A line of sight between OIR and AIR will create a ‘golden thread’ for data and information and enable better-informed decision-making.”

The Line of Sight Methodology addresses the challenge of OIR generating AIR, by proposing a new set of information requirements at an asset’s functional output level called Functional Information Requirements (FIR).

The methodology has already been tested within industry. A number of additional industry trials are planned for this summer to generate feedback and provide expert input to participating organisations on the methodology’s application.

• Read the Smart Infrastructire Blog by Dr James Heaton here.

• Read the ‘Line of Sight: an Asset Management Methodology to Support Organisational Objectives’ paper here.

• If you would like to know more about the Line of Sight Methodology tools and guidance and be kept up to date on next steps please email James Heaton at jrh212@cam.ac.uk or csic-admin@eng.cam.ac.uk

 

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