At the board’s third meeting for 2017 on 16 November in Melbourne, ABAB Chair Michael Green commented that “the ABAB has made substantial progress in its first year of operation, focusing on three priority initiatives and delivering on the ABAB’s leadership and coordinating role in respect to the consistent adoption of BIM.”
Firstly, work has begun in providing guidance for clients, their agents and lead consultants on formulating and defining their information requirements for building and infrastructure projects. Secondly, a separate activity is producing an Intellectual Property (IP) educational framework and principles for IP to support all parties to a contract. Thirdly a final body of work, expected to be released in the first quarter of 2018, is a BIM Process Consistency Handbook designed to share best practice in BIM processes and drive consistency across Australasia and New Zealand.
BIM now has a proven track record in contributing to significant savings of time and money while increasing project quality and productivity. Meanwhile 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. In the context of Smart Cities, BIM is the building block that can be used to realise Smart Cities goals.
The ABAB is also establishing a website (www.ABAB.net.au) to provide information on best practice approaches, standards, tools, theories, and technologies, and assists to develop industry skills in BIM.
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 NATSPEC, buildingSMART and Standards Australia. ■