The new Framework for Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling has launched today (Tuesday) in Canberra, making a strong case for the integration of facilities management professionals in the early design stages in order to improve the sustainability, efficiency and lifecycle costings of assets and facilities.

The framework was developed by the Strategic Forum for the Australasian Building and Construction Industry, a body that comprises the Australian Construction Industry Forum and the government’s Australasian Procurement and Construction Council.

It identifies the key elements, underpinned by objectives and actions, that require a whole of industry approach to encourage and support increased adoption of both project team integration and BIM. It also outlines how PTI and BIM are complementary approaches that can increase productivity, minimise waste, improve safety and achieve better project outcomes.

One of the key points is that mapping the cost of project changes demonstrates that the early design phase is the least-cost window for adjusting plans. Through whole-team engagement including building operations and maintenance experts – using BIM as a platform for information-sharing and modelling of design variations – it is possible to make improvements to plans that have benefits throughout the asset lifecycle before the higher-cost detailed documentation and programming phase.

“BIM encourages innovative practices together with productivity, time and quality gains applicable at every stage of the project delivery process without inhibiting competition or transparency,“ chair of the APCC Council of Chief Executives Neil Castles said.

ACIF chairman Robin Fardoulys said the framework was one of a number of resources produced by the Strategic Forum that intends to “improve both the process and the result when building assets for the ultimate end user – the Australian people”.

“[The framework] outlines proposed activities required to successfully implement BIM across government agencies and private sector clients, as well as construction industry service providers, including the facilitation of more integrated project teams from the outset. Its adoption embraces the new wave of technology available and being used on a number of large government builds, such as hospitals and private sector projects. Embracing PTI and BIM on a project is the way the industry is heading,” Mr Fardoulys said.

  • Download a copy of the Strategic Framework here.