As long as I’ve been dealing with software, mechanical and plant engineering is the field of architecture and building technology always one step ahead. Life cycle management is daily business in machine and plant engineering. The relative complexity of the products, their structure and the amount of people involved in the creation, the performance of the hardware and software and the subsequent production in large quantities has favored the introduction of a Life-Cycle-Management and accelerated.
In the field of architecture and civil engineering already a Life-Cycle-Management takes place. Due to the much greater complexity and diversity of all, we have not yet managed to adapt the digital tools so that we can call it analogous to the mechanical and plant life-cycle management. BIM is a crucial step on the way towards a life-cycle management. I wrote a post about the „forgotten dimension“ a few days ago. The discussions about BIM has ensured that the third dimension is still in use. Without the third dimension, there is no Life-Cycle-Management in the fields of architecture and civil engineering.
The entire construction industry is on the right track. We need new digital tools. However, the new tools must be able to take the existing digital assets with in the future. This will be a long process. We should not talk about the necessary investments prefer.
Life cycle management needs standards. The engineering sector has 2012 JT format for the exchange of three-dimensional data for ISO standard (ISO 14306: 2012) made. In the field of architecture and construction has been around since 2013, the IFC format as an ISO standard (ISO 16739: 2013 / ISO 15686: 2014). Now the software manufacturers are required to implement a life-cycle management in the field of architecture and construction.
The topic of the future Smart City will be an exciting challenge for all. We demand an intense interplay of architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, plant engineering and GIS. Common standards in the life-cycle management might be helpful.