03 July 2019


The Advisory Board focuses on delivering the value of Building Information Modelling in the lifecycle management of buildings and infrastructure assets


The Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) held its second Forum for 2019 on 21 June in Melbourne.  Mr Andrew Curthoys, Director, Engagement and Taskforce, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Queensland, was elected ABAB Chair for an initial term of up to three years.  The incoming chair thanked former chair Dr Michael Green for his leadership and chairmanship since the inception of ABAB. This was acknowledged with appreciation.

The Australian BIM Strategic Framework (Framework) provides the opportunity for harmonising an Australia-wide common strategic approach for the use and application of Building Information Modelling (BIM).  The Framework is of national importance to drive the consistent adoption of BIM through the design, construction, operation and maintenance of an asset.  “It provides a clear direction about BIM adoption.  Government policy and public procurement methods are powerful tools to support BIM adoption,” Mr Curthoys said.

The Forum endorsed the progress of two projects designed to provide national leadership:

  1. National metrics to measure, report on project outcomes, benchmark and to identify where BIM provides the most value for clients.
  2. To demonstrate the value of data management in asset management in 2020 and support asset owners to grow their information management maturity.

ABAB identified that with the increase in adoption of BIM in the design and construction phases on Government projects, its focus is shifting to maximising the benefits across the lifecycle of an asset within the broader built environment.

The Digital Built and Legal Environment (DBLE) presented on the physical attributes and legal environment of the natural and built environment across the whole property cycle.  ARUP provided case studies demonstrating how a built asset will create Smart Cities through BIM.

The BIM Advisory Board 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, promotes best practice and consistent approaches to BIM practices, standards and requirements.  ABAB guidance materials are available at: www.ABAB.net.au.



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