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Asset Management Industry Partner feedback workshop

A CSIC Asset Management Industry Partner feedback workshop was held at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge on the 28th September 2015


The workshop brought together practitioners across different infrastructure sectors to discuss the emerging challenges in asset management, and to help the Centre set directions for future research. The one-day workshop was attended by delegates from CH2M, Atkins, Strabag, Redbite, Mott MacDonald, Costain, Skanska, Laing O’Rourke, London Underground, Crossrail, Network Rail, Highways England, Devonshire Council, Hertfordshire Council, Anglian Water, and Rutgers University.

The first half of the workshop summarised the completed and ongoing CSIC activities in asset management. Dr. Jennifer Schooling kicked off the workshop by giving an introduction to CSIC and also outlined the key outputs of the Centre across its different themes and the impact it has made to industry [click here for the slides]. Dr. Ajith Parlikad presented the value-based asset management decision-making methodology, along with the case studies done with London Underground, Cambridgeshire and Surrey County Councils [click here for the slides]. Dr Tariq Masood presented a framework for infrastructure futureproofing and a tool for assessing the extent to which infrastructure assets are futureproofed against long-term disruptions and changing requirements [click here for the slides]. Dr. Phil Catton summarised his findings about the level of awareness of BIM amongst asset managers at county councils across the UK, and outlined the BIM self-assessment tool under development [click here for the slides]. Dr Masood also presented an information-futureproofing process and tool that helps infrastructure owners assess the risks arising from long-term deterioration of asset information [click here for the slides]. This was followed by presentations from Dr Manuel Davilla and Dr Viorica Patraucean, who presented ongoing efforts in integrating BIM with sensor data [click here for slides] and AI-based techniques for generating BIM models for existing assets [click here for slides] respectively.

The second half of the workshop focussed on identifying the priority activities in asset management for the second phase of CSIC. The session kicked off by a presentation [click here for the slides] from Prof Mohsen Jafari and Dr Andres Roda from Rutgers University, who outlined the challenges faced by infrastructure organisations in the US. Prior to the workshop, delegates were requested to send the top three asset management challenges faced by industry and potential solutions/tools that CSIC should focus on in order to address those challenges. The delegates were asked to vote on these potential CSIC projects (click here for a summary table of the input gathered) and a break-out session was organised for an in-depth discussion on the top three projects.

The project topics that were chosen for further discussion were:

  1. Making the business case: Evidence-based benefits of “smart” asset management solutions
  2. Linking degradation models and condition monitoring data with asset performance and making asset management decisions
  3. Visualisation of whole-life asset management with BIM

For each of the above topics, the discussion groups detailed the challenges that should be addressed by the proposed project, the expected outcomes of the project and the potential benefits to industry. The input from the workshop will help CSIC set its directions for future research.

List of Presentations

To read the presentations in PDF format please click the links below

An introduction to CSIC

Value based asset management

Infrastructure Futureproofing

Asset Information Management

Information Futureproofing

BIM and sensor data

Generating BIM models for existing assets

State of Good Repair

Asset management