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Aurecon presents digital vision to Australian Parliamentary Committee

Parliament House, Australia

Parliament House, Australia

18 August 2015 - Responding to growing interest from both Federal and State Governments across Australia, Aurecon have shaped their digital expertise to offer a Digital Advisory service.

The service exists to work with clients to provide sustainable digital solutions that improve value and performance, and enhance business outcomes.

Australia has the potential to lead one of the defining developments of the 21st century, which will enable the country to capture not only all of the inherent value in our built infrastructure assets but also the data required to create a digital and smart city economy to transform the lives of all.

As part of its commitment to drive new strategic, government digital solutions, Aurecon submitted a paper to the House of Representatives Inquiry of Smart Information, Communications and Technology (ICT).

Through the Inquiry, the role of smart ICT in the design and planning of infrastructure is being investigated by the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications.

Following Aurecon’s submission to the inquiry, it was asked by the Standing Committee to attend a scheduled public hearing at Parliament House Canberra on Friday 14 August to answer questions on the submission.

The submission continues Aurecon’s engagement with both Federal and State Governments around adopting a digital approach to enable the delivery of a Digital Built Australia.

As a leading advisor on digital solutions that support infrastructure assets, Aurecon accepts that the scale of the reform task needed to improve the procurement of major infrastructure capital projects is challenging.

Summary of Aurecon’s response to Terms of Reference

Principal recommendation

The Australian Federal Government, in conjunction with both the States and Territories, should establish a Digital Infrastructure Task Group over a multi-year programme to enable government as a client to derive significant improvements in cost, value and carbon performance through the use of open sharable asset information.

Secondary Recommendations

Leadership
This proposal recommends that the Australian Government takes a leadership role to position Australia as a digital construction leader within the Asia Pacific region. The recently issued Intergenerational Report highlighted that to enhance productivity, government will need to continue to focus on reforms that can improve the competitiveness of our businesses and markets, and which will also include taking advantage of opportunities presented by changing technologies and new markets, both at home and abroad.

Aurecon has been taking a leading industry role in elevating the standing of BIM and the benefits on offer. This includes recently coordinating a 2014 study tour visit to Australia by the Chair of the UK BIM Task Group, Mr Mark Bew, to meet with key government and industry representatives.

Strategy 
We also recommend that a Digital Strategy be raised by the Australian Government with State and Territory Government counterparts at the next available chief executive/COAG reform, with the view to establishing a working group to further understand the drivers and benefits for having a coordinated Digital strategy across government.

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