The Impact of Organizational Silos on Asset Lifecycle Management
Data needed to better support asset lifecycle management comes from a variety of software solutions and devices. Different data sets are created by design and construction management systems, and a wide variety of field data is captured on everything from rovers to drones, LiDAR and laser, smart phones and construction cameras, etc. What, if any, workflow, integrations or best practices have you already developed to pass data from one system to another? Oftentimes, a current process could include an export from one system to another by using a.csv, Excel, or other file type that is emailed or shared through a file sharing application. How do you convince people that the way they do their job has a significant impact on the digital project delivery process and make data management a part of everyone's job? In full transparency, I stole that last line from Shawn Blaesing, Maintenance and GIS Coordinator for Iowa DOT. She said, "You have to make data management part of everyone's job."People have to be motivated to support this kind of effort. Their final tips for steps to success include: Get executive champion/key stakeholder buy-in Define policy, roles, and responsibilities across agency Define what data is to be managed as an enterprise asset Define data management practices Revisit/Iterate Steps 2-5 Implement enterprise tools Define key performance indicators, track progress, have accountability I know that Shawn intends to do a similar workshop and talk more about the Peer exchange element of these efforts at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting next January in DC.The bottom line here is that the demand for a more efficient process that connects data from silo to silo and project cycle to project cycle is imminent. The GIS team members will tell you that the one constant data point with any asset is location. We don't have to break the silos down but building bridges, tunnels, and other means of connecting data and people will very certainly improve your organizations deliverables and make everyone who participates a better team member.