Is Australia one step closer towards a nationwide Building Information Modelling mandate? The answer appears to be yes, at least in relation to infrastructure projects.
Independent statutory body Infrastructure Australia released its new 15-year plan earlier today, and BIM is highlighted as a recommendation to “encourage strategic and integrated planning” and as a way of “pursuing best practice procurement and delivery”, that’s according to IA’s Chairman, Mark Birrell.
The Fifth Estate reports that Infrastructure Australia’s plan of action details four aspirations: productive cities, productive regions; efficient infrastructure markets; sustainable and equitable infrastructure; and better decisions and better delivery. Increasing productivity, sustainability and efficiency? Sounds like a job for BIM processes to manage.
Looking at the report itself, appropriate guidance and the creation of common standards are steps listed to get the ball rolling relating to BIM:
“Governments should make the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) mandatory for the design of large-scale complex infrastructure projects. In support of a mandatory rollout, the Australian Government should commission the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council, working with industry, to develop:
■ Appropriate guidance around the adoption and use of BIM; and
■ Common standards and protocols to be applied when using BIM.”
Examples that Infrastructure Australia have used to back up their advice are the BIM mandates of the United Kingdom, Spain and Singapore, although we can’t forget Germany, who are also solely mandating BIM for infrastructure works.
The report has also listed priority projects for the country, one of which already has saw a local government body mandate BIM on it – Sydney Metro Northwest.
Industry has reacted to this tantalising news, with the Property Council of Australia‘s Ken Morrison stating: “This report pulls no punches on the logjam of infrastructure projects that Australia needs.
“The report is a wake-up call to policymakers in federal, state and local governments that we need a pipeline of planned infrastructure projects and we need to better align planning and infrastructure.”
— Luke Johnston @ IGS (@LukeJohnston81) February 17, 2016
To read Infrastructure Australia’s report in full, click here.