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Capital Facilities Information Handover Guide. Part 1.

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Fallon, K. K.; Palmer, M. E.

NISTIR 7259; 91 p. January 2006.


capital facility; industries; information utilization; planning; design applications; construction; maintenance


All developed nations invest a substantial portion of their gross domestic product in capital facilities - their planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and decommissioning. There is increasing pressure on the global capital facilities industry to perform more efficiently. Since the late 1990s, a number of studies have addressed this issue and provided analyses and recommendations. Three statements can summarize the challenges identified in these studies: 1. There is a lack of understanding on the part of industry participants of how to achieve integrated information and workflows through the application of information technology. 2. There are gaps in the availability of information technology tools and data standards to support integrated information and workflows throughout the facility life cycle. 3. Current industry structure and business practices, including procurement practices and regulatory, insurance and contractual requirements, present obstacles to integrated work and information flows. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) study, Cost Analysis of Inadequate Interoperability in the U.S. Capital Facilities Industry (referred to as NIST GCR 04-867), is of particular interest because it identifies and quantifies the efficiency losses in the U.S. capital facilities industry attributable to inadequate interoperability. Interoperability is defined as "the ability to manage and communicate electronic product and project data between collaborating firms and within individual companies' design, construction, maintenance, and business process systems" (NIST GCR 04-867, page ES-1). The researchers very conservatively estimated those losses to be $15.8 billion in 2002. This figure excludes the losses for residential facilities and transportation infrastructure.