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Information Management according to ISO 19650

ISO 19650 will transform how we establish and maintain the “golden thread” of the asset’s purpose, by aligning the interests of infrastructure owners, organisations which design, construct and commission, and those that operate and maintain the asset system. It can be seen as either an exciting opening or one that represents a barrier to competing for future contracts. We view it as both and consider that the new information management standard is another evolutionary step towards industry digitalisation, a transformation that organisations need to seize, in order to prosper going forward.

Companies that commit to the ISO 19650 series need to ensure that the primary tenets and procedures are fully embedded into their core operations and quality assurance processes. This starts at the executive leadership level, as it is integral to the organisation’s strategic intent and authorised investment (time and costs), to explicitly merge the ways of working and technology with the client’s needs and ISO 19650 requirements. As an independent consultancy and provider of digital engineering products, we can support infrastructure owner-operators, lead appointed parties and appointed parties, to achieve their aims, goals and objectives, during the project development and delivery phases of the asset life cycle.

Tender phase

We can support the production of the System Requirements Specification (SRS) and establishing the ISO 19650 Information particulars, including the delivery team’s:

  • Pre-appointment information management execution plan;
  • Assessment of each task team’s capability and capacity to deliver information in accordance with the employer’s information requirements and the delivery team's proposed information management execution plan;
  • Capability and capacity by aggregating the assessments undertaken by each task team to produce a summary of the delivery team's capability to manage and produce information and its capacity for timely delivery of the information;
  • Proposed mobilisation plan to be initiated and implemented during mobilisation;
  • Risk register containing the hazards associated with the timely delivery of information, in accordance with the employer’s information requirements, and the way the delivery team intends to manage these risks.

Implementation phase

We can help develop the delivery team’s information management execution plan in agreement with the supply chain, including:

  • Confirm the names of the individuals who will undertake the information management function;
  • Update the delivery team's high-level responsibility matrix, as required;
  • Confirm and document the delivery team's proposed information production methods and procedures;
  • Agree with the appointing party any additions or amendments to the project's information standard;
  • Develop the Subsystems Requirements Specifications (SSRS).
  • Confirm the schedule of software, hardware and IT infrastructure the delivery team will use.

Establish the delivery team's detailed responsibility matrix; and:

  • Refine the high-level responsibility matrix to establish the detailed responsibility matrix;
  • Share the detailed responsibility matrix for supply chain review and comment.

Additionally, if required, we can participate in the named key roles, including Information Manager and CDE consultant and provide support, as needed, to the client’s personnel.

General consultancy

Project Development

During the planning and investment phase for new railways or those being upgraded or repurposed, we can help owneroperators and other stakeholders, with independent value-added services and bespoke digital engineering solutions, to support the pivotal concept development activities, including:

  • Development of the asset system concept of operations; a decisive element of the engineering process that bridges the gap between the owner-operator needs, the strategic asset management plan and the design and build technical specifications;
  • Production of the Minimum Performance Standards & Technical Specifications;
  • Development of the System Requirements Specification (SRS), enabled by CDE technology;
  • Preparation of the economic and financial models;
  • Development of the information management strategy with the operations, asset management and project delivery management teams;
  • Production of the Information Management Protocol, for incorporation into the contracts for the lead appointed party and all appointed parties.
  • The above key outputs aid the compilation of tenable submissions, at project authorisation gateways to:

    • Secure planning approvals, including rights of way;
    • Seek and obtain project technical approvals;
    • Seek and obtain economic and financial approvals;
    • Obtain CAPEX and OPEX budgetary approvals;
    • Seek approval to issue lead appointed party tender documents.


ALIM Systems has been established to provide specialist practical advice and guidance on the development and implementation of information management processes, enabled by ‘fit for purpose’ CDE technology solutions, tailored for asset systems in a project planning, delivery, asset assurance and organisational context.

We can also offer support to enable companies to develop an information management strategy, that is right for the business and assess the capability needed to achieve ISO 19650 accreditation.