Skip navigation


Digital Engineering for Customised Compliance in Maintenance Regimes - was a collaborative project which developed the industry standard maintenance specification SFG20 service to allow an interface between individual BIMs and SFG20 maintenance tasks.

Digital asset maintenance systems provide a mechanism to schedule regular maintenance regimes on built assets. BIMs are intended to provide detailed information about assets as designed and built. Asset information such as manufacturer details, material, parts and warranty information all assist in the repair, replacement and maintenance of assets. Often gaining access to this information is a slow process that comes with the associated cost of tracking this data and attaching it to asset maintenance registers.

The project used the open source toolkit xBIM (created and developed by members of the BIM Academy) to develop the SFG20 platform to allow interoperability between BIM models and asset maintenance database SFG20.

The outcome of this enables the automatic data transfer between construction and operation and maintenance (O&M) phases. Data transfer from construction to O&M phases permits automatic generation of customised maintenance solutions from BIM models. Conversely, O&M data is used to inform whole-life design decisions, with collaboration between construction and FM teams benefitting stakeholders throughout the building cycle.

Project Partners: Welplan, Northumbria University, Faithful Gould, BAM FM Ltd and Bilfinger HSG Facilities Management Limited


Architecture & Built Environment Courses

With a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning Architecture & Built Environment courses, whatever you want to get out of university, let us show you why you want Northumbria University, Newcastle!


Architecture & Built Environment Staff

Our Architecture & Built Environment students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our Architecture & Built Environment courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

a group of people around each other

Undergraduate Open Day Events

Looking to study in with us in September? Our Undergraduate Open Day Events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about our wide range of courses and world-class facilities.

Latest News and Features

BA Interior Architecture graduate, Hattie Keel, was chosen as a winner of the National Trust Rising Stars partnership and now has one of her designs on display at Seaton Delaval Hall.
Northumbria alumni Matthew Jackson, Oliver Bartles-Smith and Nick Bramwell.
VR tool at COP26
Taka Suzuki wins a gold medal
Professor Mohamad Kassem has been awarded the 2021 Scherer Award for outstanding service to the computing community in the context of EC3.
More news
More events

Upcoming events

REVEAL 2022: Northumbria University's Degree Shows

Back to top