The concept of aspects is taken from ISO/IEC 81346-1 . Aspects allow us to view a Facility Asset from different perspectives and give a structuring mechanism for separating different types of information about a Facility Asset, and hence allows scalability across disciplines, work processes, and the value chain.
Definition: Aspect – An aspect is a particular way of viewing a Facility Asset. Different aspects have no overlap in information.
Aspects act like filters on a Facility Asset and highlight the information that is of relevance . The IMF language defines four elementary aspects defined in Table 4. Aspect Elements that represent different views on the same thing can be related across aspects. To ease understanding it is convenient to think about a Facility Asset as a set of Artifacts, meaning physical objects or software, with given special extensions, that have the capability to bring about certain activities, either individually or in interaction with each other.
Note: More aspects can be defined to support other ways of viewing a Facility Asset.