THE POWER OF THE PROCESS
Besides People and Technology, effective Processes and Workflows are the essential element necessary for the success of any business. In the design, engineering and manufacturing industries today, the most sought after ideals are ‘BIM’ and ‘PLM’.
There has long been a desire to see the management of projects fully integrated end-to-end using information technology from initial concept through design to construction or manufacture, then everyday use, management, maintenance and eventual demolition or scrapping. With current enabling technologies, such project processes are now a reality.
Known as ‘Building Information Modelling’ (BIM) in the case of buildings, process plants, mines, utilities and infrastructure, and ‘Product Lifecycle Management’ (PLM) in the case of manufactured products, these processes form a reliable basis for coordination, collaboration and decision making throughout that item’s lifecycle, from conception to end of life.
Neither BIM nor PLM is ‘CAD’ or a software application (or even range of applications), but rather a methodology and processes – underpinned by appropriate technology – that benefit all stakeholders involved in the project regardless of discipline, including designers, engineers, builders and manufacturers, construction crews, owners, asset managers, maintenance teams and commercial operators.