Mar 2016
Gas Transmission
Asset Information Models (AIM) for Component/Pattern Recognition
NIA_NGGT0089
Complete
Mar 2016
Mar 2017
National Grid Gas Transmission
Martin Cahill, box.GT.innovation@nationalgrid.com
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Network Innovation Allowance
None
Gas Transmission Networks
£662,000.00
Following on from the BIM project, it was identified the 3D modelling created for the design of projects could incorporate automation, allowing for the accurate creation of up-to-date models of sites. Where BIM was used in design phase, this project incorporates non-BIM assets to model retrospectively. It is estimated this has the potential to be 25-50% more efficient than the current process for creating records for sites. A consistent interface is to be created, where asset records are captured, centrally updated, and interrogated by the asset owner/operator. Too often repeat site visits are required to capture individual data records; this proposal will reduce the abortive time to undertake this manual activity.
  • The generation of accurate operational records / documents that can capture and reference ‘key’ operational data
  • Geographically positioned assets and asset models
  • Establishment, interrogation and reporting of asset / operational information i.e. ‘data mining’ of the Asset Information Model
  • Aid the identification, understanding and management of the asset health issues and the delivery of any associated projects
  • Provide a consistent format and interface for the asset owner / operator
Success from the trial would be a demonstration of saving through the building of a retrospective 3D model of an existing site using component recognition.

Longer term, a key success criterion is to create a library of complex gas components which can be identified using enhanced shape recognition. This makes it possible to target a reduction in excess of 25% of the time taken to create a 3D model from a laser scan.