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Aurecon facilitates UK Government’s BIM expert trip to Australia

Mark Bew

Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a project enabler can benefit clients across a range of infrastructure, building and utility projects, where there is definition to meaningful, accurate and insightful data that adds value to all stakeholders across the entire project lifecycle.

Across all stages of the project lifecycle, there is demand for increased efficiency, higher performance and greater returns on investment. Because Aurecon understands these challenges, we consistently strive to further develop our expertise and apply BIM across project disciplines.

There’s more to BIM than clever 3D representations. As a digital representation of the complete functional and physical characteristics of a constructed asset, a Building Information Model can contain defined project information on design, construction, logistics, operation, maintenance budgets, schedules and much more.

Mark Bew, Chairman of the UK Government’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) Working Group is spending a week in Australia circa 12 - 19 September 2015. During his visit, Mark will be presenting a number of seminars and attending client visits where he will present an overview of the UK Government’s BIM programme for the construction sector.

The visit by Mark Bew is sponsored by Building Smart, with Aurecon supporting the trip by hosting events with three peak industry bodies: The Property Council of Australia, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and Consult Australia. In addition to these events, Mark will attend a number of high-level meetings with Federal and State Government members of parliament, public sector department heads and representatives from across Aurecon’s key client group.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)Why is BIM the way forward?

The UK Government has identified that BIM is the future when it comes to delivering projects and asset management solutions. Rather than a case of ‘nice to have’, BIM is a business as usual tool that will ultimately be required on every project. 

The Integrated Project Delivery Systems group at Aurecon has recognised the work that is being done in the UK, USA, Singapore and other parts of the world and has realised that BIM will become the established way of the construction industry.

Essentially, any successful BIM offering must be integrated, understood and holistic. BIM, is a way of working, it’s what you do information modelling and information management within a team environment. To create better understanding within our marketplace, we invited Mark Bew and the UK Government to present their experiences to government and industry stakeholders in Australia. 

To achieve this, we set up meetings with a number of key government officials to discuss where Australia and its design and construction industries should be heading. Aurecon’s initiative aligns to the recent Australian Government Productivity Commission report which recommended the adoption of BIM.

Perth ArenaWhat are BIM’s benefits?

According to the UK’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group’s website: “The BIM hypothesis is simple: that significant improvement in cost, value and carbon performance can be achieved through the use of open, sharable asset information.

In the UK, the task force is working to assist the supply chain to unlock more efficient and collaborative ways of work throughout the entire project and asset life-cycle end to end.

BIM is essentially value creating collaboration through the entire life-cycle of an asset, underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models and intelligent, structured data attached to them.

Within the UK, the BIM Task Group are supporting and helping deliver the objectives of the Government Construction Strategy and the requirement to strengthen the public sector’s capability in BIM implementation with the aim that all central government departments will be adopting, as a minimum, file based collaboration and library management or Level 2 BIM by 2016.

Mark BewWho is Mark Bew?

Mark is Chairman, HM Government BIM Working Group and has a track record of delivering successful process and technology driven business change programmes from within the engineering and construction industry. These include the development of Building Information Modelling processes and the integration of engineering and commercial systems.

He chaired the development of the UK Government BIM Strategy which was published in July 2011 as part of the Government. Mark is a chartered engineer with strong technical and commercial skills and a BSc in computer science.

He is currently researching the use of BIM to improve the social outcomes of the built environment for a PhD.

What is the role of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group?

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group is supporting and helping deliver the objectives of the Government Construction Strategy and the requirement to strengthen the public sector’s capability in BIM implementation with the aim that all central government departments will be adopting, as a minimum, collaborative Level 2 BIM by 2016.

The task group brings together expertise from industry, government, public sector, institutes and academia.”

Aurecon’s view of BIM adoption

Within Aurecon, we are firmly committed to embracing codes such as BS1192 and the ISO equivalent as the way forward for our BIM offering to the marketplace. Mark Bew’s visit is a first step in our commitment to drive early adoption of high-level BIM in Australia and to integrate this into how we do business with government and the construction sector as a whole.

• Visit the UK BIM Task Group’s FAQ page >

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