Hot on the heels of various industry opinions giving their two cents on the state of Australian BIM adoption and potential Government influence, the powers that be have finally stepped up and announced a framework effective today.
Whilst not a nationwide mandate which would see Australia follow the lead of countries such as the United Kingdom, the announcement of a framework that AEC professionals can reference is certainly a positive move that will enable more people to think on the same BIM wavelength.
The guidelines, titled ‘Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling’, were launched in Canberra by the Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Bob Baldwin. This set of information will provide industry with advice on implementing Building Information Modelling processes within their businesses and also enable them to better understand how Project Team Integration (PTI) can increase efficiency.
“These new guidelines when applied will improve the quality and delivery of major infrastructure and construction projects,” stated Baldwin. “It is a great resource that will provide practical advice to people working in the building and construction industry and help them better understand the opportunities that BIM can deliver.
“By providing consistent procedures and protocols, the framework ensures BIM can be consistently applied on projects and its data shared among all project parties.”
However, whilst the Government support the implementation and evolution of new forms of technological process, they explained that a mandate is simply not an option as they do “not seek to tell industry how it should operate”. Baldwin elaborated: “It is industry, rather than government, that is best placed to make its own commercial decisions on enabling technology.
“In keeping with our deregulation agenda, the government does not seek to tell industry how it should operate, nor does it mandate specific technologies or processes. The government’s role is to create the right policy settings to make it easier for business and industry to operate and to succeed.”
Climate Control News reports that whilst Baldwin concluded that Government know the pressures their BIM professionals face to compete on a global scale, they are committed to help by creating “an environment for businesses to thrive”.
“We’ve repealed thousands of pieces of legislation and regulations this year, with total net savings for business of more than $2.1 billion,” added the Minister for Industry. “This is over and above our commitment to cut red tape by $1 billion per year to reduce the regulatory burden on industry and the community.
“And last month we made good on our pledge to deliver an Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. The reforms outlined in this agenda will help us create a lower cost, business-friendly environment, and produce a more skilled workforce.”
Taylor stated that “the federal and state governments need to provide leadership” when it comes to BIM, which is partially what they have done here, despite stating that “industry is best placed to make its own commercial decisions”.
Prehn’s hit the nail on the head with her perspective. She thought that Australia was “still a long way from a mandate”. So long away that only a change in Government could provide the mandate man are calling for.
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