BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING IS ESSENTIAL FOR AUSTRALIA’S SMART CITIES VISION

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING IS ESSENTIAL FOR AUSTRALIA’S SMART CITIES VISION

The Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) recently met with Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities in Canberra ahead of its first Forum for 2018 to discuss how BIM can support the urban infrastructure and smart cities agenda.

“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[1]”, said Dr Michael Green, the Chair of ABAB, who is the Executive Director, Employment, Investment and Trade Policy, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

“$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 and budget pressures mean it’s never been more important to build more, better, for less, and with better stakeholder engagement.

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, across the asset life cycle, for major projects; and

Exploit the integrated information created during the design and construction phases by requiring, at construction completion, handover of the asset data for operations and asset maintenance.

BIM is a digital form of construction and asset operations. It brings together technology, process improvements and digital information to significantly improve client and project outcomes and asset operations.

The BIM Advisory Board was established by the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), together with the key standard-setting bodies, NATSPEC, buildingSMART and Standards Australia. The Board links industry leaders and expertise from government, industry and academia, and promoting best practice and consistent approaches to BIM practices, standards and requirements.

[1] EU BIM Handbook, 2018, p4  http://www.eubim.eu/handbook/ and it references BCG Digital Engineering and Construction 2016 and McKinsey, Construction Productivity, 2017

About the Australasian BIM Advisory Board

The BIM Advisory Board was established by the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), together with the key standard-setting  bodies,  NATSPEC,  buildingSMART  and  Standards  Australia.  The Board has evolved from a previous APCC–ACIF collaboration established in 2015 on a BIM Summit. This Summit produced a number of resources, including a guide to the adoption of BIM (see  www.apcc.gov.au and  www.acif.com.au).

Two recent Australian Government reports (SmartICT and Australian Infrastructure Report) recommended an integrated approach between government, industry and researchers for the development of BIM in Australia. As seen overseas, a coordinated approach delivers benefits. The UK Government identified that its BIM Level 2 Initiative was a significant contributor to the £840 million savings achieved on its public spend in 2013/14, and on its £1.2 billion savings in 2014/15.