Project Name: Project 2.34: Driving Whole-of-life Efficiencies through BIM and Procurement
Completion: 30 September 2015
Main Participating Organisations: Aurecon, Curtin University, Government of Western Australia, Griffith University, John Holland, New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services, Queensland Transport and Main Roads
Background: In 2013, the Australian Department of Industry identified lifting productivity and economic growth as one of the most important challenges that Australia is facing. In 2014, the Australian Productivity Commissions highlighted that a more widespread adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) could enhance productivity across the industry and in turn have a positive impact on the cost structure of infrastructure projects.
Findings from SBEnrc Project 2.24 Integrated Project Environments (2013-14) pointed to the need for:
(i) more effective procurement models that allow the use of BIM as a tool for whole-of-life asset management (from concept to end-of-life); and
(ii) the integration of measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be used from the early procurement phases and carried through the entire life-cycle of public assets
Description: This project aims to identify and assess the added value of the creation of industry benchmarks for implementing BIM in whole-of-life asset management, with a focus on procurement methods and efficiency gains for building and infrastructure. Outputs from this project will provide a base for public sector clients to improve their approach to implementing BIM and monitoring their progress towards fully integrated whole-of-life asset management systems. This project will leverage on three exemplar projects through case studies to develop and test the assessment framework: New Generation Rollingstock (QLD), Perth Children’s Hospital (WA) and Sydney Opera House (NSW).
Proposed Deliverables: This project will:
(i) Identify and evaluate leading comparators to assess the value of BIM across the life-cycle of buildings and infrastructure.
(ii) Provide a framework to assess the actual benefits of implementing BIM in Australian asset delivery and management.
(iii) Advance knowledge base of benefits from transitioning from 2D asset management systems to 3D integrated systems.
Planned Activity: This research will leverage on previous successful SBEnrc research (P2.24 Integrated Project Environments and P1.8 Sustainable Infrastructure Procurement) as well as CRC for Construction Innovation projects such as Adopting BIM for Facilities Management and FM as a Business Enabler. The research team will undertake new research through:
(1) literature review and desktop research;
(2) 3 case studies across infrastructure and building construction:
(i) New Generation Rollingstock;
(ii) Perth Children’s Hospital; and
(iii) Sydney Opera House; and
(3) review national and international procurement guidelines for using BIM for whole-of-life asset management.