Australasian BIM Advisory Board

The new technologies and processes in Building Information Modelling (BIM) can lead to increased productivity and improved asset management across Australasia. As developments continue in the digital built environment, the BIM Advisory Board continues to provide a coordinated approach to development of BIM practices, standards and requirements through collaboration, education, innovation and simplification.


Leaders from government, industry and academia are partnering to provide leadership on the adoption of BIM and Project Team Integration (PTI). The Australasian BIM Advisory Board is linking industry leaders and expertise from government, industry and academia, and promoting best practice and consistent approaches to BIM practices, standards and requirements. The Inaugural Chair of the Board, Mr Michael Green said, “BIM adoption is on the rise and the Board believes that it will be business as usual in the foreseeable future”. “It’s estimated that Australia will spend around $207 billion on construction in 2016/17. By working together, government, industry and academia can maximise the value of BIM to deliver improved efficiencies and increased innovation in the management, design, construction and operational phases of a built asset.”

Australian BIM Strategic Framework

Vision: Improved productivity and asset outcomes

Strategy: To take a leadership and coordinating role in the consistent adoption of BIM and associated integration and collaborative processes

     Coordination & Collaboration
  •   Drive consistent approaches by governments and industries to BIM requirements including standards, protocols, systems, contracts, tools, guidance and training. 
  •   Integrate a whole of built environment approach to the development and adoption of the critical  solutions that support best practice in  BIM. 

Awareness & Education

  •   Provide advice on best practice and promote, advocate, champion and influence widespread adoption of best practice.
  •   Provide advice and guidance to governments and industries on the most pressing issues and priorities facing the adoption of BIM and digital built environment within Australasia.

Measures of Success

  •   Increase adoption of BIM across industry 
  •   An Australasian approach - not each jurisdiction different 
  •   Industry embracing these new technologies by numbers and extent of utilisation (points to levels of improvement and less rework)
  •   A BIM strategy implemented by all governments 
  •   Industry BIM maturity
For more details see the Victorian Government Press Release  

Our Successes in 2021

Vision: Improved productivity and asset outcomes

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The following projects have been initiated by the Board to support a consistent approach to the adoption of BIM across jurisdictional boundaries:

  1. Asset Information Requirements (AIR) Guide: provides guidance for clients, their agents and lead consultants on formulating and defining their asset information requirements for building and infrastructure projects they are planning. Download ABAB AIR Guide

  2. BIM Process Consistency Report: will assist the Australasian construction industry by creating a common framework and language for everyone involved in the construction process. It identifies and promotes which BIM elements should be consistent across Australasia to ensure the optimisation of BIM benefits and therefore eliminate waste in construction practices. Download BIM Process Consistency Report

  3. Digital Twins Position Paper: written to assist the ABAB Board formulate its objectives and agenda regarding Digital Twins. To this end it provides a brief overview of the subject including Digital Twins’ relationship to concepts such as BIM, Digital Engineering, Smart Cities and Intelligent/Smart Infrastructure. It examines frameworks for evaluating them and factors government and industry organisations should consider when planning, procuring or using them. Download Digital Twins position paper

  4. Australian BIM and DE Education Position Paper: outlines ABAB's position on the strategic approach required to establish a formal Digital Delivery Education Framework necessary for the upskilling of the Australian workforce. It builds on the work of ACIF's BIM Knowledge and Skills Framework. Download Australian BIM and DE Education Position Paper

  5. Submission to Inquiry into Procurement Practices for Government-Funded Infrastructure: This is the submission ABAB prepared for the inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities on 16 July 2021. Download the Submission on Procurement Practices

  6. ABAB Digital Roadmap Generator
    The ABAB Digital Roadmap Generator is an online tool that automates and streamlines the digital facility and asset management planning process and enables its users to generate a step-by-step implementation roadmap customised to their needs and resources.
    An ARC Linkage Grant is currently being sought to take the Roadmap Generator from proof-of-concept to minimum viable product (MVP) stage. To find out about the benefits of contributing to this exciting initiative, Download the Roadmap Generator information sheet

Further projects are planned, including a common set of principles for BIM strategies across Government, and clarifying BIM roles and responsibilities.

The outputs from these projects will help the construction industry navigate through new technologies and systems, to ensure that the benefits of BIM are realised in construction projects.

View a presentation on ABAB achievements between 2020-2022


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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, NATSPECbuildingSMART and Standards Australia. The Board has evolved from a previous APCC-ACIF collaboration established in 2015 on BIM Summit. This summit produced a number of resources, including a guide to the adoption of BIM. 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. Membership

The Advisory Board membership consists of those organisations who have a pivotal role to play in influencing and leading the adoption and changes required for the optimum delivery of construction projects through BIM. The Australasian BIM Advisory Board is a team of experts from government construction policy agencies, peak construction associations, and standard setting bodies who share their valuable knowledge, skill and experience to set and deliver on the Advisory Board’s strategic direction. Individuals are sponsored by their employer and participate on a pro-bono basis. Sponsoring employers should have strong construction industry and government relationships which is essential to driving the consistent adoption of BIM.

From time to time it may be necessary for subgroups, including involvement from other industry and key stakeholders, to be established to deliver on specific outcomes or outputs. Participation is voluntary and individuals are accepted based on relevant skills and expertise, and time and resource capacity to commit to driving the desired project outcome.


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