ADAC stands for “Asset Design and As Constructed” however it is much more than a product. It has three main pillars that define and guide its operation;
ADAC was created by collaboration between local governments across south-east Queensland and other states more than a decade ago. Membership has expanded to include State Government Departments and water utilities.
The ADAC SRG mission is to develop a robust framework for the efficient and standardised capture, delivery and use of public works asset data.
The vision is that ADAC will become the industry standard for describing asset design and as constructed data across a range of public and private asset classes.
The ADAC membership includes full-time representatives from Local Government, State Government Corporations and Utilities from across Australasia.
Yes. The ADAC specification is endorsed by the IPWEA National Asset Management Strategy Committee (NAMS.AU) which provides national leadership and advocacy in the sustainable management of community infrastructure.
ADAC is referenced in the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM).
The ADAC specification covers a wide range of asset categories, including:
Work is currently underway to expand the schema to include additional communications infrastructure asset classes.
ADAC Schema Simplified Snapshot
ADAC XML provides a common language for describing Asset Design and As Constructed data and a common method of transporting this enables:
Validation of asset data and streamlining of asset acceptance processes
Improvement in asset management data quality
Opportunities to collaborate and benchmark with similar organisations
The ability to collaborate with fellow ADAC members to
The overall responsibility for ADAC rests with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).
The ADAC specification is maintained by the members of the ADAC National Strategic Reference Group (SRG) who are responsible for the strategic direction of ADAC. Technical feedback is provided to the SRG through the ADAC Technical Reference Group.
IPWEAQ is a not-for-profit professional member organisation that provides governance, quality assurance and advocacy support for ADAC.
The Strategic Reference Group (SRG) vision is to make ADAC the national standard for the description and transmission of asset design and 'as constructed' data.
The ADAC Technical Reference Group is continually developing and reviewing proposals to expand the ADAC asset classes.
It is also envisaged that ADAC may be expanded to accommodate asset classes for the Utilities sector (e.g. electricity, gas, telecommunications.)
The ADAC specification is freely available from our website (www.ipweaq.com/adac). You can download the specification and start using it right now if you choose, but we do suggest that it is more beneficial that an organisation follows our tried and proven roll out plan.
The ADAC annual membership subscription rates are built on a sliding scale according to regional population and further information is available on the IPWEAQ website.
No. There are a range of 3rd party software and technical support services that can help you automate the capture and recording of asset design and as constructed data, however if you have the available staff there is nothing you must buy to implement ADAC.
ADAC is developed and maintained by membership of state and industry specific professionals, not by any one private company.
ADAC has an extensive data model giving it great coverage of asset classes and categories.
The non-proprietary XML transfer format is incredibly flexible. This means you do not need to buy a particular software product to use it. You can implement it with almost any asset management / GIS software.
The ADAC design architecture supports regional variation (variances in enumeration and terminology) without the need for software changes.
ADAC focuses on standardised data structures rather than presentation. This allows you to retain symbology and styles at a local level but simplifies the effort and complexity required to provide the data.
ADAC is developed by members for members. The development of ADAC is driven by members' needs, not the need to generate a profit.
ADAC has the support of peak industry bodies. ADAC is a supported direction of the IPWEA National Asset Management Strategy Committee (NAMS.AU) for as constructed data.
ADAC provides a standard specification for describing asset design and as constructed data. This specification is embodied in the ADAC XML schema definition that provides the vehicle for transporting the data.
The ADAC XML schema definition can be used in conjunction with any feature manipulation tool to map data from electronic design and as constructed drawings directly to data fields within asset data registers and / or GIS systems. This feature allows automation of validation and load of data into asset / GIS systems.
Standardised asset data schemas facilitate statutory reporting requirements, allow comparisons of like data with other ADAC compliant data repositories and allow aggregated reporting of asset data for state and federal government assessment. Infrastructure assets and more will happen over the years to come as more utilities join ADAC.
The ADAC data specification is designed to allow for expansion of the range of asset categories and types. The transport file format has been designed in XML to promote inter-operation with almost any software and is an open standard.
ADAC is governed and developed by asset management practitioners under the governance of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).
Yes. ADAC is designed to suit small organisations as well as large ones. It can be implemented with simple asset registers or or state-of-the-art asset management / GIS systems.
ADAC data is portable because it conforms to an agreed data standard and has widespread third party product support.
It isn't necessary to do away with the traditional tools (CAD products) used to prepare an ADAC compliant plan. ADAC is more about the data the plan contains rather than how the data is presented on the plan.
A better way to produce the plan (design or as constructed) is to use software tools specifically designed for ADAC. CAD product vendors now offer ADAC tools as software 'add-ins' while others offer purpose built ADAC authoring tools that utilise CAD products as a drawing engine. These tools deliver the same outcomes in terms of the data recorded on the plan but accomplish the task with less effort, less errors and can produce data outputs as XML files.
Yes. Although ADAC is a specification not an application it is supported by a range of 3rd party software tools. A list of ADAC compliant software suppliers is available on our website, with ongoing discussions being held with additional vendors.
Prospective ADAC software vendors and support providers can apply to the Strategic Reference Group to become Technical ADAC Partners.
The ADAC Strategic Reference Group evaluates each application. Where software is involved, the ADAC Technical Reference Group will perform a product review and advise the vendor of any issues that would prevent their application receiving ADAC accreditation.
Given that the ADAC transport format is built upon the open XML standard, it is expected that any changes would be minimal.
The ADAC data specification and file transfer format are reviewed annually by the ADAC Technical Reference Group. Recommendations for modifications from ADAC members to the ADAC data specification are reviewed and approved by the ADAC Strategic Reference Group.
Choosing ADAC means only committing to a data specification for design and as constructed data. There is no mandatory commitment to software required or to a particular asset management system or GIS configuration. Asset providers can still provide ADAC compliant as constructed data in formats other than ADAC XML.
This allows for organisations to scale the pace and extent of an ADAC implementation to provide a smooth and managed transition from current operations to fully automated ADAC environment.
As an ADAC member you also have access to a number of support resources including the "Support Guidelines for Implementing ADAC" developed by the ADAC SRG, that includes resource material to develop a strong business case for adopting and implementing ADAC in your organisation.
For new members, an in house day will help you answer questions such as:
As an ADAC member you also have access to other members' knowledge and experience via the ADAC Community forum and invitation to group meetings where you can have your issues addressed.
No. The ADAC data specification and XML transport format can be mapped to almost any asset management system or GIS data schema. In many cases, there is significant correlation between the ADAC schema and most commercial Asset Management Systems.
Though not mandatory, there are benefits to be realised by aligning asset descriptions and properties with ADAC structures and values that will lower effort in the long-term. Leading asset management software vendors offer ADAC configurations 'out of the box' and many leading end to end business management consultancies are ADAC compatible and strongly support the data standardisation concept.
Information on additional ADAC resources is available at our website (www.ipweaq.com/adac) or by contacting IPWEAQ.
The ADAC data dictionary HTML Report and Mind Maps are freely available and are an excellent tool to engage with your internal stakeholders.
The HTML report allows the user to move back and forth through the schema and contains graphical views as well as the source code and can be viewed in a browser.
ADAC Scheme - Mind Map snapshot
Only members are able to access a range of ADAC support tools and content developed by other members including the "Generic ADAC business case "and " real time case studies".
As a member of the ADAC Consortium you have access to other members' tools for planning and implementation.
There are a number of accredited third party service providers available to assist with the planning and implementation of ADAC in your organisation.