PLM: Challenges in project and infrastructure lifecycle management
Companies operating in construction, engineering and property management have to oversee major-scale projects. In many cases however, the processes, organisation and methods employed to bring see them through are often inadequate to handle the changes and innovations these sectors undergo. Corporate in-house services sometimes work with different non-integrated tools, sometimes only basic Excel files. Project management is fragmented and continuity of information cannot be assured, making it impossible to have a transversal and consolidated view of ongoing projects.
By structuring its offer around managing the lifecycles of projects and infrastructures, thinkproject France helps its clients cut down on project completion time and optimise operations and changes in industrial and public utilities infrastructures, whilst at the same time maintaining risk control.
PLM technology is a fuller approach, better adapted to engineering and construction than the document management tools generally employed, which cannot handle the complexity and changes of project data. This software is designed to manage the lifecycles of your infrastructures and projects in your operations and businesses.
Some examples of gains from using PLM (Product Lifecycle Management):
PLM ensures continuity of information through all the stages of an engineering project
PLM software makes it possible to manage, consolidate and capitalise on the data repository over the entire lifecycle of a project, for an all-encompassing and intersecting view of all projects:
- Feeding the database, iterations, convergence and validation in Design stages to have and As Designed configuration. Because information volume and precision increase rapidly during Design phases.
- A highly consult-oriented usage, with follow-up of modifications during the Build phase to have an As Built view. The quantity of data will augment rapidly, but not necessarily along with precision. Providers are often very diverse and numerous.
- Finally, use of the database all through the Maintenance phase, with As Maintained configurations. Information becomes more precise in order to optimise operation and changes in constructed assets. Each piece of equipment will have its reference and its characteristics, with the potential of associating its applicable nomenclature and configuration.
Since 75% of the cost of a building is incurred during the Maintenance phase, it is essential to have accurate and up-to-date data in the repertoire to be able to manage this phase, or to pass it on to the client.
The added value of PLM software for civil engineering and construction
PLM generates added value for the company in many ways compared to EDM and TDMS and document management tools. This software assists in improving profitability of projects as well as their operating flexibility imperatives by developing the company’s ability to evolve, adapt and innovate in its project management methods :
- Distinction between content (documents, videos, images, drawings etc.) and container (info record or object), which enables it to manage the lifecycles of all types of objects (through successive versions, enter into the validation circuit, and so forth)
- Oneness of information to maintain one version of the truth, which can be referenced several times over without duplication
- Organisation of document flows to distribute documents simply and automatically with pre-defined rules
- In-company and inter-company collaboration with confidentiality adapted to multi-company projects. Each provider company can access only that information which concerns it
- Documentation and BOM management to link data together and organise them in tree structures corresponding to business role views
- Integration with BIM (Building Information Modelling) to formalise and smooth data exchange via a digital BIM template with links to all project data