The objective of the Information Modelling Framework is to enable a transition from the current documentation practice discussed in Section 1.1, to the use of Information Models, as a way of capturing and expressing information about Facility Assets.
To achieve the transition, IMF must:
- Support incremental implementation. Thus, handle both a new Information Model practice and the transition towards it, yet not require existing applications and tools to be replaced.
- Be scalable across disciplines, work processes, and the value chain. Thus, support any level of complexity and level of detail, depending on the need and where in the process the SMEs are.
- Be made such that the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) themselves are users of the framework. Thus, support and allow existing discipline design workflows.
- Utilize and promote development of shared libraries and build on existing standards.
Support open protocols for exchange of Facility Asset information and provide a format which enables automated verification and augmented engineering extensions.