SBEnrc - Project 3.28:National BIM Guidelines and case studies for infrastructure

Project name: Project 3.28: National BIM guidelines and case studies for infrastructure

Completion/expected completion date: 30 September 2014

Main participating organisations: Curtin University, Swinburne University of Technology, Qld Dept of Transport and Main Roads, John Holland, and Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

Project goals and objectives: The Project will:

  1. Develop National BIM Guidelines for Infrastructure based on experience and practical examples that promote consistency in the implementation of digital models for infrastructure projects. The Guidelines will support stakeholders in achieving interoperability throughout the lifecycle of the facility and will be based on internationally accepted standards.
  2. Highlight open and consistent processes allowing practitioners to work across industry in developing shared "virtual infrastructure" projects.
  3. Undertake at least six case studies where integrated digital models have been developed and use lessons to be gained from those case studies to assist in the development of the National Guidelines and uptake of BIM in infrastructure design, construction and asset management. The case studies including a selection of roads, bridges, tunnels, and railways will span facilities that are in design development and completion phase to capture learnings across the lifecycle.
  4. Collaborate with national and international groups including software vendors on the success and limitations of the available software with the intention of improving functionality and interoperability available.
  5. Test selected softwares' compatibility with the National Guidelines and inform industry and software vendors regarding their respective softwares' compatibility and availability in Australia.
  6. This project also aims to establish a taskforce with key stakeholders to manage a 2-year program for the delivery of the BIM Implementation Plan for Infrastructure across Australia.

Proposed deliverables:

  • Literature review of existing relevant guidelines for screening.
  • A framework of BIM guidelines with categories defined.
  • An execution plan of organising workshops and soliciting industry feedback.
  • Identify 6 BIM projects for case studies analysis across Queensland, WA, Victoria, and NSW (2-3 case studies per institution; Curtin, QUT and Swinburne)
  • BIM Guidelines Alpha version: regular workshops and industry consultations
  • Case studies implementation results
  • BIM Guidelines Beta version
  • Case studies implementation results
  • Final guidelines/report release and dissemination workshops

Expected audience: Government, owners, operators, end-users, engineers, contractors, owners and facility managers involved in a project’s lifecycle.

Approach, methodology: The development of the guidelines and the implementation plan for infrastructure will be initially based on the existing BIM guidelines from the building and infrastructure industry, but validated through a series of rigorous research methodologies. These research instruments include questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, multiple case studies, Charrette workshops, and benchmarking, with which the research team will work closely with industrial partners from across Australia with participants representing a broad cross section of the Australian infrastructure industry (including clients, consultants, contractors, educators and government representatives).

Project contact:
Name: Xiangyu Wang
Position: Professor, Curtin-Woodside Chair Professor for Oil, Gas & LNG Construction and Project Management
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Tel: +61 8 9266 9059