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Integrated solutions for total asset management through “RIVANS”

Hedley Smyth (Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London , London, UK)
Aaron M. Anvuur (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University , Loughborough, UK)
Illona Kusuma (Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London , London, UK)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 6 February 2017




Examine the extent of integration in delivering value from design and construction (DC) activities for total asset management (TAM) and operations post-completion. DC and operations and management (OM) are both addressed. The problem owners are those in roles and organisations responsible for integrating DC with OM. The purpose of this paper is to show the extent of integration between actors along the project lifecycle. Relationally integrated value networks (RIVANS) provide the conceptual lens for the analysis.


A mixed method approach was used. A questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews were employed.


There is a lack of engagement between DC and OM. The trend is moving counter to integration. BIM is not found to be a technical solution.

Research limitations/implications

The mixed method helps extend the RIVANS perspective. Further research to understand and support integration is needed, especially qualitative research to provide greater granular understanding.

Practical implications

The identified trend away from integration poses management challenges in delivery and for sustainability in use. Supply chains engage specialists, yet internal and inter-organisational collaboration require management attention to value creation. This includes the DC-OM interface. Both sides can benefit from increased engagement.

Social implications

Infrastructure and property provision will continue to fall short of user and environmental functionality without improved integration.


A contribution to the project and asset management interface is made, showing low integration, disengaged asset management. BIM is unable to plug the gaps. The RIVANS analytical lens provides a perspective for improvement.



Smyth, H., Anvuur, A.M. and Kusuma, I. (2017), "Integrated solutions for total asset management through “RIVANS”", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 5-18.



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