28-30 Apr 2020
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

7 key steps to Project Team Integration and optimising BIM

Apr 13, 2015 Policy & Trends

Productivity in the construction industry is critical to Australia’s growth and the economy. The building and construction industry accounts for 7.8% of Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP), and employs 9.1% of the workforce. At the end of June 2012, the building and construction industry generated $305 billion in total income, incurred $275.4 billion in total expenditure, and employed 950,000 persons.

A study by the Allen Consulting Group found that accelerated adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) would increase GDP growth in Australia by 0.2 basis points in 2011, by 2025, it was estimated that GDP growth would be 5 basis points higher. And also that the benefit cost ratio of early adoption of BIM would be around 10 (assuming a $500 million adoption cost).

These statistics provide clear evidence of the benefits and productivity gains achievable through the adoption of BIM.

In Australia and New Zealand the awareness of Building Information Modelling is high and the drive for productivity is facilitating increased integration and collaboration of project teams. However the commitment to and use of BIM with Project Team Integration (PTI) is still relatively immature compared to other countries.

There is a compelling reason for industry to encourage and support increased adoption of PTI and BIM. A ‘whole of industry’ commitment can be a powerful facilitator of change. Ongoing collaboration between government and industry could support the progress of BIM and generate substantial construction efficiencies and facilitate quality whole of life outcomes.

The Strategic Forum for the Australasian Building and Construction Industry has identified seven key elements, underpinned by objectives and actions, that industry together with government could pursue to encourage and support increased adoption of PTI and BIM.

These are:

  1. People: Behaviour and Capability
  2. Procurement and contracting
  3. PTI/BIM protocols
  4. Asset management
  5. Information exchange and National Object Library
  6. Standards
  7. Technology

The Strategic Forum for the Australasian Building and Construction Industry has developed a range of resources for helping clients, project managers and other participants in the asset creation process to understand the benefits of collaboration.

Register now  for the Project Team Integration Workshop at DesignBUILD Expo, at 12.30pm on Thursday 30 April 2015.

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