Information Management is based on the management of information about an asset, from the initial design stages to its decommissioning, ensuring data tracking and data accessibility to the supply chain players involved in the data flow.
In line with the corporate processes aimed at the digitalisation of infrastructure assets, Italferr has started a process of standardisation of the logics behind the BIM methodology, continuously taking care of its integration through the drafting, updating and dissemination of the Guidelines, workflows, corporate procedures, BIM typologies, Information Specifications and rules to support, with Information Management tools, the flow of data among the players of the construction supply chain at every stage. In particular, the oversighting of the definition of an enterprise BIM standard has enabled the definition of the data structure of BIM models, targeting the input of information for work life cycle management and sustainability, as well as of workflows for proper data management in the data sharing environment, ACDat, ensuring interoperability between software adopted in the company and the correct profiling of users.
Some of the major activities developed include structuring of the library of BIM objects, component databases and railroad templates defined in compliance with company rules and standards. The objects of the BIM library were structured in order to be able to define the shared know-how base for infrastructure information model creation activities via a data model structured upstream for specific uses of information models and for each phase. Rail infrastructure is a complex and articulated system in itself, so it is easy to imagine the complexity and heterogeneity of its elements and materials.
The main aspect that emerges from the standardisation activity is the ability to query any data at any time, integrating the digitisation process with the Business Intelligence process. BIM's potential to store and manage information about each individual component offers the opportunity to support design decision-making by integrating information about the maintenance and environmental impacts of individual components of the information models already at these early stages, pursuing a life-cycle approach.