Asset Information Requirements (AIR) is defined within PAS 1192-3:
Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling (BIM) as “data and information requirements of the organisation in relation to the asset(s) it is responsible for “.
Your AIR provides the specifics of the data required for each asset. AIR are very similar to the BIM data template within EIRs, which detail every data attribute that is required for every entity. Your AIR should go one step further – they should also detail asset data that is not contained within a project model. To give an example, this could be information that you use within your space-management software that provides the student numbers for your current courses. Your AIR should provide specific information on all such data.
Establishing your AIR from scratch will not be easy and it’s a task that will never be complete. Your organisation’s data needs and uses will continually evolve as your data maturity increases and new technology becomes available. You will also encounter some information requirements that just don’t work, either because the data isn’t currently available, or because it doesn’t align fully with the intended use of the data.
For example, anticipated life information for assets is currently patchy. Some manufacturers will provide the information, while others do not or can not provide the data. If this information is required, you should continue to request it, but you need to understand the limitations and put measures in place to compensate for the gaps.