The purpose of the Canberra meeting was to discuss the National BIM Initiative (NBI) and seek Federal government funding support to ensure its timely delivery. The delegation comprised (L to R):
- Peter Bowtell – Arup – representing Consultants
- Mark Tait – Investa – Committee Member buildingSMART, representing owners and clients
- Senator Kate Lundy
- Andrew Day – Thiess – representing Building/Construction and Infrastructure
- John Mitchell – President buildingSMART,
- Alison Geddes – Parramatta City Council – representing local government
Senator Lundy was very well versed in the potential benefits to be gained from wide uptake of collaborative BIM.
buildingSMART reinforced its key message of the benefits BIM can bring to the property sector (both public and private), including:
- productivity gains;
- construction waste reduction;
- sustainability gains;
- improved health and safety;
- and substantial financial savings
Senator Lundy spoke strongly in support of the benefits the NBI would deliver, and proposed that other portfolio Ministers (including Mike Kelly – Minister of Defence Materiel) should be sought out to gain further department buy-in.
The only negative aspect to the meeting was related to funding. Senator Lundy referred to the recent Industry and Innovation Statement released by Government that identifies significant levels of investment in Australian industry, but pointed out that it involves no “new money”. At this time, the Government is unable to commit financial resources to support the forecast $25M requirement.
buildingSMART’s key message: what The National Building Information Modelling Initiative could deliver
There can be no more appropriate time than now to support the NBI, as the rest of the world’s governments make their commitment to the adoption of digital technologies for the Built Environment.
This is a once in a generation opportunity:
- to provide leadership for the Australian Construction sector;
- to drive consistent and rapid adoption of a new way of working based on advanced digital model collaboration
- to redress the poor quality of traditional methods
- to realise a unique opportunity to increase productivity
- to provide an innovation stimulus to a depressed construction market, and
- to ensure Australia is aligned and competitive with the global economy.
buildingSMART will continue in its endeavours to gain government support and funding to ensure the NBI benefits are captured and results become tangible within the Australian property industry.