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buildingSMART was very proud to be a part of the official launch of the new, national response resource that will see the adoption of a new Project Team Integration (PTI) and BIM framework across the Australian building and construction industry, a first for the nation.


Members of the BIM Framework Working Group. 
From Left to Right: Dan Jürgens, Sam Collard, Chris Canham, Teresa Scott, John Mitchell, Jane Montgomery-Hribar, Nicholas Burt

Launched by the Hon. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, at a breakfast in Canberra, the resource – A Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling – identifies the key elements, underpinned by objectives and actions, that will see a collaborative ‘whole of industry’ approach to both encourage and support an increased adoption of PTI and BIM.

As a key stakeholder on the Strategic Forum for the Australasian Building and Construction Industry (which was responsible for delivering this important guide), John Mitchell, Chairman buildingSMART represented buildingSMART as we worked extensively alongside;
– Teresa Scott and Jane Montgomery-Hribar, Australasian Procurement and Construction Council.
– Peter Barda, Australian Construction Industry Forum.
– Carolyn Marshall, Department of Finance, WA.
– Chris Kane, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, NZ.
– David Eynon, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association.
– Robin Schuck, Consult Australia,
– Nicholas Burt, Facility Management Association of Australia.
– Chris Canham, Constructions & Infrastructure, Lend Lease, representing the Australian Institute of Building,
– Sam Collard, BIM Academy, Northumbria University and representing Consult Australia, and,
– Dan Jurgens, National BIM Manager, Cox Architecture, representing the Australian Institute of Architects
Whom comprise the working group responsible for development of the Framework resource.

The Framework is being championed nationally in a joint government and industry partnership, with the idea to help the entire Australasian building industry to work more efficiently and effectively, end-to-end, by providing a standardised format and terminology brought about by recent technological advancements in BIM.

Speaking at the launch of behalf of the Strategic Forum, Chairman of ACIF, Robin Fardoulys, said;

“the Framework and other resources we have provided are intended to improve both the process and the result when building assets for the ultimate end user – the Australian people”.

“This document outlines proposed activities required to successfully implement BIM across government agencies and private sector clients, as well as construction industry service providers, including the facilitation of more integrated project teams from the outset. Its adoption embraces the new wave of technology available and being used on a number of large government builds, such as hospitals, and private sector projects. Embracing PTI and BIM on a project is the way the industry is heading,” Robin added.

It is hoped that the Framework, and the voice given to it on the national stage by the government-industry partnership, will motivate more advanced and innovative use of BIM. The greater take-up will see more effective and efficient collaboration between all disciplines in the building process, resulting in an overall smoother construction process, less interpretation errors, reduced waste, and an increase in end-user satisfaction.

This commitment to innovation in the construction process, proudly supported by buildingSMART, will ensure the Australian construction industry keeps pace with world industry standards, safeguarding sustainability into the future.


Further Reading

Download a this article for further distribution and printing PTI & BIM Framework Update

View the speech as delivered by the Hon. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry here

Download Neil Castles, Chair of the APCC Council of Chief Executives speaking notes here

View and download the resource: A Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration & Building Information Modelling