Facility Lifecycle 3D Model Standard (FL3DMS)

In April 2020 we kicked off the 3D model standard project, with ca 40 participants, which confirmed the need for standardized and improved 3D models. The strong participation was explained by the increasing importance of 3D models; they form the foundation for the digital twin and can enable many high value use-cases for the 3D model, such as advanced work planning during construction, or corrosion management; but on the condition that the 3D model and associated data is configured in a particular way. The team initially got to know each other and shared different 3D modelling practices across organisations. It also agreed the name of the standard, and chose the FL3DMS acronym for the project.

The words behind the acronym reflect the scope the participants want to address with the standard. It was identified that 3D modelling is used throughout the lifecycle of the facility – in its development, operation and even in decommissioning. Details and aspects of the model change during the lifecycle, depending on the use cases for either the Owner Operator and/or the Contractor. The Owner Operators made clear that that one of their key targets is the more effective use of 3D models during the operate phase of the facility, either as part of a Digital Twin or for modification projects.

The objective of the first phase of the project is to create a better mutual understanding of the use cases and to define the associated 3D model requirements. The project team aims to work in “sprints” of about 6 months to ensure ongoing delivery of useful content while serving as many use cases as practically possible; with a first Minimal Viable Product (MVP) delivery by end 2020. This requires a definition of the use cases including the resulting business case together with a definition of how the model needs to be handled to serve the use cases. For more information see also this link.