Ongoing Projects

Asset Information Management

Researcher: Fahad Rahimo
Project Duration: September 2017- February 2018
Project Partner: Arcadis

Problem definition and research goal:

The State of Qatar has experienced rapid economic growth over the last several years. This economic growth has resulted in increased demand for the State to construct and provide first-class infrastructure such as government buildings, transportation networks and utility services. The Public Works Authority also known as Ashghal is responsible for the planning, design, construction procurement, asset management, and delivery of infrastructure and public building works in the State of Qatar. Ashghal contributes to the economic and social development of the State of Qatar through implementing public projects in accordance with the approved plans of the State. In coordination with other agencies, Ashghal implements and programmes the execution of public projects consistent with the approved State objectives and allocated budget. The Ashghal’s major business units consists of their three core business Directorates supported by Corporate Services, Shared Services Affairs and Technical Support Affairs.

Ashghal faced challenges to update their asset data inventory through acquiring data on new commissioned assets. In addition, no condition surveys were conducted to provide data on the conditions of the assets. Ashghal recognized that asset data from their construction projects were not handed over timely and completely. During the design and construction phase lots of asset data is created, but when this asset data needs to be handed over Ashghal is missing a significant amount of asset data and therefore Ashghal needs to recapture all the missing asset data required to inform AM decisions.

The aim of this research is to understand what has limited Ashghal to acquire asset data that support AM decision-making. The following research questions should be answered:

  1. What does the current data handover process of Ashghal looks like when acquiring asset data required for data-driven AM-decisions?’
  2. How does the current data handover process of Ashghal limits the acquirement asset data required for data-driven AM decisions? 
  3. What should be adapted of the current data handover process of Ashghal to acquire asset data required for data-driven AM decisions?