Working in highly-regulated industry sectors where clients are subject to rigorous safety and security regimes makes detailed asset information management vitally important. Nowhere is this more evident than in our work in the UK nuclear decommissioning sector with Sellafield Ltd.
Our latest case study, just published to our website, describes the business challenges that Sellafield Ltd faced in delivering a new facility at its site in west Cumbria, and in adopting new building information modelling (BIM) processes.
Andy Holt, appointed building information manager on this project in 2014, and engineering delivery manager Rob Oliver set about creating a more structured approach to the plant’s immediate and future information management needs. Its archive comprised around 131,000 objects (documents, drawings or other files), of which around 50,000 were needed to create a ‘configuration baseline’ for the company’s work.
Sellafield Ltd welcomed Cabinet’s ease of adoption
Data from older systems was migrated into Opentree’s Cabinet document management software and, importantly, linked to other systems. Echoing Microsoft user interfaces, it was simple to use, highly configurable to meet Sellafield Ltd’s requirements, and could automate business processes while providing a complete and accurate audit and revision history for lifetime records. Holt said:
“Cabinet is so unassuming, it helped with user adoption of BIM processes. It helped us do what we needed to do; we were able to establish a metadata structure that helped us group information together, and provided simple keywords that helped users find information quickly. Our key users were already working closely with the data so they understood it and knew how it needed to be organised.”
Initially, access to Cabinet was enabled via cloud-hosted ‘virtual desktops’, but Sellafield Ltd wanted to manage information within its protected network. Holt developed a guidance note in mid-2017 to help the company migrate to a new implementation of Cabinet hosted internally in Sellafield Ltd’s data centre. And our hands-on Opentree CEO Andy Frank (right) worked closely with Holt and with Sellafield Ltd’s data centre staff to install and configure Cabinet on its servers for internal deployment.