Creating a Better Built Environment

Productivity Commission Infrastructure Inquiry

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buildingSMART Australasia wants to see better buildings and better processes for designing and constructing buildings, and we strongly advocate for the greater adoption of BIM in Australia and worldwide.

buildingSMART Australasia put forward a submission to the Productivity Commission Infrastructure Inquiry, 15 April 2014.

This was a great opportunity to inform the Commission, shape the discussion, and reiterate the findings of a number of reports about the significant benefits of BIM to Australia and the Australian Government.

Our four key messages for the Commission were:

  • BIM provides significant benefits for all players and importantly for Government, as outlined in numerous significant reports over recent years;
  • We do not agree that the ‘impediments to adoption’ outlined in the draft report can or will be overcome by the market without assistance;
  • Australia is being outflanked by other nations in terms of its adoption of BIM and we risk slipping in international competitiveness;
  • Other nations around the world provide a framework, guidance and lessons that Australia can learn from and adapt, e.g. the United Kingdom and the wider European Union.

buildingSMART Australasia seeks a change to the Commission’s recommendation regarding BIM in its final report to Government.

We believe that the Commission should explicitly recommend that the Australian Government actively work with industry to co-ordinate initiatives set out in the National BIM Initiative Report that will both:

  • accelerate the adoption of BIM in Australia for the planning, design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure; and
  • help Australian businesses increase their competitiveness in the growing global digital construction sector.

We advised the Commission that they must seriously consider the risks and opportunity costs of not facilitating the adoption of BIM in this way, in terms of

  • Cost savings to Government and Industry
  • Competitive advantage and commercial opportunities
  • Job creation
  • Maximising the use of the spending of public funds.

Government involvement is absolutely critical in facilitating the greater and speedier adoption of BIM, ensuring the development of appropriate and unified standards, and seeing the potential dramatic benefits to Australia realised.