Advisory Board to lead the direction of BIM in Australasia

23 January 2017

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Australasian Building Information Modelling Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board has been established by the APCC and ACIF, together with the key standard setting bodies NATSPEC, buildingSMART and Standards Australia. 

In a first for the Australasian building sector, government, industry and academia are partnering to provide national leadership to improve productivity and project outcomes through the adoption of Project Team Integration (PTI) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The Executive Director, APCC, Teresa Scott, said the first meeting of the Advisory Board was timely and essential to maximising the benefits of PTI and BIM.

“Essentially, we have identified the critical need for national leadership and coordination of developments occurring in the digital built environment. The Advisory Board will focus on education, innovation and simplifying BIM requirements. 

“The Advisory Board consists of key players who are leaders in their respective fields, including private sector BIM experts, educational institutions, government (federal agencies, state and local) and relevant industry bodies, both public and private.”

“With an estimated construction spend in Australia of $207 billion in 2016-17 it is critical that efficient and effective processes and tools are utilised.  Improved productivity driven by BIM is critical to Australia’s growth and the economy.”

Together with the APCC, Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) have produced a series of publications, establishing PTI and BIM fundamentals.

“For many years now, the alliance between ACIF and APCC has provided guidance surrounding the adoption of PTI and BIM.  However, we have now taken it to the next level by establishing the Advisory Board to ensure that future approaches are consistent and able to simplify our increasing dependence on digital technology,” said ACIF Chair Ian Pedersen.

“The combined membership of the Advisory Board is acutely aware of the need for optimal delivery of outcomes that eliminate waste, maximise end user benefits and increase the productivity of the Australasian economies.

“The members of the Advisory Board recognise that, without central principal coordination, there is a significant risk of wasted and duplicated effort, fragmented development of protocols and guidelines, and inconsistent approaches, all of which leads to inefficiency across Australasia,” said Mr Pedersen.

The Australasian BIM Advisory Board will continue to meet throughout 2017 to provide PTI and BIM advice and – through this leading-edge partnership – drive a coordinated approach.

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