Strategic Focus on Construction

ACIF and Australasian Procurement and Construction Council ​(APCC) have agreed to build on the relationship they have enjoyed for many years, with a new agenda on key high level issues affecting the industry.

This will begin with the establishment of an executive group to work between annual meetings of ACIF and APCC. It will identify the priority needs of the industry and government in improving productivity and, where appropriate, increased innovation, and the resources available for this to be done.

The executive group will establish working groups to deliver the following outcomes in aid of enhanced project team integration and adoption of BIM.

  • A procurement guide for project team integration. This will identify the barriers to innovation in procurement and wider adoption of optimal project team integration. It will formulate clear enabling tools, in the form of tools to aid in knocking down those barriers, and  simple guides for project team integration and adoption of BIM.
  • A clear statement of the role of BIM in the Australian context, explaining costs and benefits.
  • A strategy for a learning program for project team integration and BIM that considers formal learning at tertiary level, as well as on the job learning. It will consider the needs of constructors, designers, trade contractors, and suppliers.

As a first task, ACIF will prepare a conspectus of work being undertaken on project team integration and BIM, in Australia. An example is the ACIF and APCC document The Case for Project Team Integration, that is a useful starting point to develop a value proposition or business case to advance industry, government and community understanding of the benefits of BIM and of optimal project team integration.

Members of ACIF and APCC and other organisations working on technical and  commercial aspects of adoption of BIM and project team integration, will be invited to participate in regular (six- or twelve-monthly) summit meetings to review and share information on the projects they are undertaking. These will include BuildingSMART working groups, and the AMCA BIM-MEP initiative.

This meeting will act as a “Knowledge Hub” intended to promote better understanding of who is doing what and so far as possible share that work across the industry. It is not intended to crowd out or take over any work being done. It is intended to avoid duplication and facilitate collaboration.

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