03 October 2019


The Advisory Board celebrates the endorsement of the Australian BIM Strategic Framework by the Board of Treasurers


The Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) held its third and final Forum for 2019 on 13 September in Brisbane.  Developed by ABAB, the Australian BIM Strategic Framework (the Framework) now backed by the Board of Treasurers, provides the necessary motivation for industry to take a consistent approach to BIM implementation. The Framework embodies the strategies articulated by ABAB and incorporated in its nationally important initiatives over the past few years.

The Framework includes sections on objectives, definitions, policy principles, fostering an integrated approach, and strategic action areas. “With the unprecedented levels of investment on infrastructure projects, a nationally consistent approach to BIM policy and implementation is essential to realise the potential benefits in the delivery and operation of infrastructure that BIM offers”, said Mr Curthoys, ABAB Chair. “For consultants and contractors it also means reducing the duplication of effort involved in having to apply different standards from project to project”.

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 Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads provided important insights in the application of BIM providing a practical lens on ABAB’s strategic focus.  The Board went on a tour of the Cross River Rail Experience Centre for a digital engagement experience and witness 3D technology in action.

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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