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Downstream (Relationship)
The relationship between interconnected assets that are working together as part of a system or a group of systems.


Examples
Included below are some examples of a downstream relationship between assets within a system:
  • The sump pumps are downstream of the roof drains [both form part of the mechanical system].
  • The gutters are downstream of the roof [the former is part of the mechanical system and the latter is part of the enclosure system].
Downstream can also refer to the relationship of capital projects under a bundling strategy.
The bundling of two capital projects that have a symbiotic relationship. In this example, a repiping project results in damage to interior finishes, resulting in an opportunity for a redecorating project.
Fig. The bundling of two capital projects that have a symbiotic relationship. In this example, a repiping project results in damage to interior finishes, resulting in an opportunity for a redecorating project.


Human physiology as an analogy to illustrate the importance of system interaction.
Fig. Human physiology as an analogy


Compare with:

I. Care is trying to avert the cascading effect of one problem compounding another in his building
Fig. I. Care is trying to avert the cascading effect of one problem compounding another in his building.


Supply chains are a key upstream factor in organizational success and must therefore be carefully managed. Failure to do so will result in procurement delays, downtime and business interruption.
Fig. Supply chains are a key upstream factor in organizational success and must therefore be carefully managed. Failure to do so will result in procurement delays, downtime and business interruption.


I. Care is piecing together the different interconnected systems, assets and components of his building
Fig. I. Care is piecing together the different interconnected systems, assets and components of his building.


I. Care trying to integrate the linear assets, vertical assets and portable assets in his portfolio
Fig. I. Care trying to integrate the linear assets, vertical assets and portable assets in his portfolio.

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