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Summary

LIFECON addresses the rapidly increasing need of maintenance, repair and modernisation of eldering European civil infrastructures, such as bridges, harbours, tunnels, power plants and off-shore structures, as well as building stock.

The objective of LIFECON project was to develop and validate an open and generic European model of an integrated and predictive Life Cycle Maintenance and Management Planning System (Lifecon LMS) that

  • facilitates the change of the facility maintenance and management from a reactive approach into a predictive approach.

  • works on life cycle principle

  • includes following aspects of sustainable and conscious development: Human requirements (usability, safety, health and comfort), life cycle economy, life cycle ecology and cultural requirements.

The main novelties of the Lifecon LMS are:

1. Predictivity, which means that the functional and performance quality of the infrastructure facilities will be predicted for a planning and design period of the facility with integrated performance analysis, including:

  • predictive performance and service life modelling

  • modular product systematics

  • methods of system technology, reliability theory and mathematical modelling

  • residual service life prediction of structures

  • quantitative classification of degradation loads

2. Integration, which means that all requirement classes of sustainable and conscious development (human social, economic, ecological and cultural) are included in MR&R planning, design and execution processes

3. Openness, which means freedom to apply the generic Lifecon LMS into specific applications, using selected modules of the LMS for each application, and freedom to select between methods presented in LIFECON deliverables or outside of these. The openness is valid for both the LMS description and the IT application.

Lifecon LMS is a system approach, where generalised reliability principles, different facility management process phases, predictive durability calculation models, usability and obsolescence risk analysis as well as multi criteria decision making and optimisation methods are applied and aggregated into a system description. Examples of application into praxis are given in all the modules of Lifecon LMS. The main modules are:

  • Reliability based principles

  • System description

  • Predictive calculation models of lifetime performance of structures

  • Methods for lifetime management planning

With this configuration Lifecon LMS is aiming to fill the gap which currently exists between the objectives of sustainable building and the normative documents and practice.

The main target group of Lifecon LMS are infrastructure owners, who will gain an open model for management system, and methods which can be applied for individual requirements. The LIFECON systematics will also allow the suppliers and manufacturers to compare, select and develop their maintenance and repair methods and materials to fulfil the multiple requirements in varying conditions. This will improve the competitiveness of European SME's on this sector. For consultants the advanced IT applications of Lifecon LMS will provide new business possibilities in Europe and globally.


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