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Effective Data Collection

In the implementation of total asset management plans, complete data capture may take up to 5 years, depending on:

  • The level of overall details required
  • The quantity and usefullness of data already captured in the system
  • The labor resources allocated in the program.

While data capture on existing assets is required for condition assessment, risk management etc., it is not always possible to defer these other strategic activities until all data is collected.

The data capture should be implemented only to the level of detail required, to enable other processes to be carried out at the same time.

Because of the competing demand for resources which can be tied up in data collection, the data collection program needs to be prioritized according to the cost/benefits of collection.

Once this initial priority order is decided, the organization can then concentrate on the most important types of data to gather and the level of details required.


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