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MEDIA RELEASE: The Advisory Board places Building Information Modelling as an integral part of Australia’s Smart Cities vision

29 March 2018

The Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) last week held its Meeting in Canberra, commencing with a meeting with the Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities. Discussion focused on embedding Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the Federal Government’s Smart Cities agenda and the use of BIM as key to the Federal Government successfully securing a financial return for taxpayers from its unprecedented level of infrastructure across Australia. BIM is one of the components of the data infrastructure necessary to build a smart city. As with all infrastructure, it needs to be planned, built and managed.

The Chair of ABAB Dr Michael Green, who is the Executive Director, Employment, Investment and Trade Policy, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, stated that “the prize for BIM adoption in construction is large. Reports forecast that the wider adoption of BIM will unlock 15–25% savings to the global infrastructure market by 2025. And it is this technology-led change that will deliver the highest impact to the construction sector that has previously had modest productivity gains.

ABAB members who have implemented BIM all agree that it delivers projects faster, smarter, and with less risk.
“$7.5 billion in savings could be realised from the current Federal Government’s $75 billion 10 year infrastructure investment program if the wider adoption of BIM delivered a conservative 10% savings. That’s enough to pay for Sydney’s second airport or to complete the duplication of the Pacific Highway”, said Dr Green.

Population pressures mean Smart Cities have never been more important. As Australia’s population is projected to grow to 30 million by 2030, building more, building better, and building for less is critical.
In addition, the digital revolution in construction helps governments better engage citizens and communities in the transformation of their cities.

ABAB members representing government, industry and academia recognise the potential of BIM to enable governments to build more, build better, and build for less. As major clients in the building and construction industry, when adopting BIM, governments have the potential to improve asset quality and expedite the pipeline of capital works.

Since its inception in 2016, ABAB has made substantial progress against its objective to lead and coordinate the consistent adoption of BIM.

By June 2018, ABAB will provide guidance for clients, their agents and lead consultants on formulating and defining their information requirements for building and infrastructure projects. In addition, ABAB will have produced an Intellectual Property (IP) educational piece supporting all parties to a contract. The final body of work, also expected to be released in June 2018, is a BIM Process Consistency Guideline designed to share best practice in BIM processes and drive consistency across Australia and New Zealand.

At this meeting of the ABAB, government representatives detailed the direction of their government in respect to BIM maturity and strategic direction. “Understanding governments’ intentions underpins the work of the ABAB to drive a consistent approach” said Dr Green. This discussion supports ABAB’s next activity to develop a set of principles for governments’ strategic adoption of BIM.

Governments and the construction industry can benefit from adopting a BIM strategy to improve exports, create more jobs, further stimulate the economy, harness savings to finance future infrastructure assets, and help create a sustainable built environment.

The time has come for all Australian Governments to seize the opportunities offered by BIM. ABAB advocates that all governments should:

  • Consider adoption of BIM [whole of life digital technologies] for major projects; and
  • Exploit the integrated information created during the design & construction phases by requiring handover of the asset data for operations and asset maintenance at construction completion.

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