BIM is increasingly becoming mandated worldwide, e.g., Finland, Singapore, Sweden, UK, and USA have BIM requirements for government projects, many other countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America are also in various stages of BIM adoption.
The Australian Government has not mandated the use of BIM in Commonwealth funded infrastructure projects. However, the Australian Department of Defence has emerged at the forefront of efforts to incorporate BIM at the Federal procurement level, using BIM to enhance the development and operation of its vast portfolio of assets.
The Queensland Government has adopted the ‘Digital Enablement for Queensland Infrastructure – Principles’ for BIM implementation. The principles and associated workplan are required to establish a whole-of-government framework to meet the goal of implementing BIM on major government infrastructure projects by 2023. All major government construction projects with an estimated capital cost of $50 million or more, which commence a detailed business case from 1 July 2019, will be required to use BIM in accordance with the principles.
In New South Wales, Transport for NSW has launched the Digital Engineering (DE) Framework Program. This will create a unified, reliable, and reusable approach to DE that will empower more data-driven decisions and enable consistent management of documentation, digital survey, BIM, and schedule. Also, the NSW Government Construction Leadership Group, led by Infrastructure NSW, is developing the ‘NSW Government Action Plan: A Ten Point Commitment to the Construction Sector’ which will include BIM requirements for various procurement methods.
In Victoria, the State Government is currently rolling out the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) across all relevant government agencies. VDAS includes both DE and BIM. It supports government infrastructure projects, seamlessly integrating the many sources of information that create assets, including computer-aided designs, 3D visuals and project schedules, construction sequencing and 4D models, cost and operations, and maintenance performance. In 2016 the Victorian Government released a comprehensive Construction Technology Policy with the aim of supporting its construction sector to Australian leadership in the field.
The South Australian Government and Western Australian Government have started to use BIM in some high profile infrastructure projects, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital Project and Perth Children’s Hospital Project, respectively.
In Tasmania, the State Government has indicated it is receptive to discussions about a Construction Technology Policy. An extensive process of indusry consultation will inform future discussions. In the meantime, some larger commercial and civil projects are utilising BIM principles and software in their design and construction, providing valuable insght into the challenges and opportunities for Tasmanian projects.