Project information is incredibly valuable throughout the project life cycle

Project information is incredibly valuable throughout the project life cycle

When starting a new project Contractors, Construction Managers and Clients are all worried about completing a project on time and within budget. Almost no one is thinking about what happens to all the information that is generated throughout the project. The operations and maintenance team should be but they are used to being handed large volumes of paper O&M manuals that provide little value on today’s technologically advanced plants. Often these manuals end up in a basement or storage facility to decay along with the bankers boxes of project documents. Considering the amount of money spent on building the plant and the amount of valuable information that is generated Construction Managers and Clients especially need to look at this gold mine of information differently. This information provides ways to reduce operating costs, improve how the next project is designed, and provides historical costs for budgeting for the next project. With project information being tracked electronically throughout design and construction this resource now becomes easily accessible. Instead of storing and shredding thousands of pounds of paper upon project completion this information can be transferred to O&M, Plant Engineers, and Designers at the click of a mouse. With powerful search technologies and the ability to link this data to BIM models and GIS applications these volumes of electronic information will continue to deliver substantial benefits and cost savings to the client. To reap the benefits of this electronic information the project team needs to identify how they are going to manage all this project information electronically from the start of the job. By implementing a project management application from concept through project completion you are building a repository of data that will pay for itself multiple times over during the life cycle of the project. Project teams need to look at the information life cycle just as they look at a plants life cycle cost and control it accordingly.