ISO 19650 is the prominent global standard for the implementation of BIM, focusing on the collaborative process integral to the entire life cycle of constructed assets. Developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this standard serves as a comprehensive framework for managing information from the conception of a project, through construction and operation to its eventual decommissioning. The development and publication of ISO 19650 highlights the commitment of international standards bodies to creating a consistent and efficient approach to BIM implementation on a global scale.  

ISO 19650 is a multi-part standard. Part 1 delineates fundamental concepts and principles, while Part 2 provides practical guidance for information management throughout the project life cycle. The scalability of ISO 19650 allows organizations to tailor its application to the specific needs and intricacies of their projects. As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 19650 reflects the collaborative efforts of standards bodies to enhance global construction industry practices. Throughout this process, transparency, collaboration, and consensus-building are key principles. ISO standards, including ISO 19650, are developed with input from experts and stakeholders worldwide to ensure that they reflect a global consensus on best practices.  

A country might choose to adopt ISO 19650 for several reasons, all of which contribute to the standard’s potential benefits in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of construction and infrastructure projects. Some of the reasons why a country might decide to adopt ISO 19650:

  • Global standardisation of processes
  • Support interoperability and collaboration
  • Consider a quality assured approach to information management
  • Competitive advantage and potential for cross boarder trade
  • Improved project delivery outcomes

In summary, the adoption of ISO 19650 by a country can bring about international alignment, improved collaboration, risk reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in the construction industry, ultimately contributing to more successful and sustainable infrastructure development. Countries will usually adopt ISO 19650 by publishing a national annex to the standard.–iso–19650-dot-1-colon-2019

Transport for New South Wales (NSW) leads the development of safe, integrated and efficient transport systems for the people of NSW. The citizens are the focus of everything that it does, including transport planning, strategy, policy, procurement and other non-service delivery functions across all modes of transport – roads, rail, ferries, light rail and point to point. Transport for NSW is committed to implementing best practice data and information management. BIM and Digital Engineering have been recognised by Transport for NSW as a key enabler to achieving this policy. By structuring data consistently, it can be readily used by all NSW stakeholders to make informed management decisions throughout a project’s lifecycle.

Transport for NSW is using its Digital Engineering Framework to connect emerging technologies with reliable structured data, while recognising that people and culture are key to success. The Framework is being developed to provide a consistent, holistic approach to Digital Engineering across the Transport’s cluster. This will enable a step change in productivity and provide long-term benefits to the industry.

The Framework focuses on five key areas to ensure a consistent approach to Digital Engineering, allowing projects to adopt this way of working simply and rapidly. These key areas are:

  • Digital Twin – the set of deliverables (models, documents and data) that represent the ‘digital asset’.
  • Procurement – a standard way of defining digital requirements for procurement.
  • Ways of Working – how Digital Engineering is implemented and used.
  • Technologies – the applications and tools that support new ways of working.
  • Skills and Resourcing – the resources and training to enhance skills so that Digital Engineering can be used effectively. 

The Framework provides the capability for Transport for NSW’s projects to enhance existing skills, process, technology and data standards.

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The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) is committed to leading the Australian property, design, construction and asset management industry in collaborative research and innovation. It is dedicated to disseminating practical research outcomes to industry, to improve business practice and enhance competitiveness. The purpose of these BIM Guidelines is to promote the application of BIM in infrastructure projects and to ensure data fidelity and continuity across the lifecycle of a project, thereby improving quality and productivity. Infrastructure in this guideline refers to main roads, highways, bridges and tunnels, which have their own construction methods and characteristics.

These guidelines identify and redefine 41 BIM uses in infrastructure, which include 18 BIM uses in the design stage, 11 in the construction stage and 12 in the operational stage.  Two types of collaboration workflows have been developed, for individual discipline modelling and cross”disciplinary model design respectively. In addition, BIM relevant issues are discussed such as ownership, contractual implications and risk profile.

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The VDAS sets out the vital process for safeguarding the digital systems that will allow stakeholders to monitor and improve the creation and management of infrastructure assets in Victoria.

Part A provides insights and direction for heads of departments, executives and those entrusted by government to plan, deliver, operate and maintain assets. Part B details how to implement VDAS at an organisational level for asset owners, operators, project and portfolio managers. Part C is for parties engaged by the Victorian Government to deliver the full implementation of digital engineering on a project.

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The Digital Asset Policy provides clear digital requirements for Departments and Agencies to support the planning, design and construction of Victorian Government’s projects and assets. The Digital Asset Policy is founded on the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) released in March 2020 and supports the Government in delivering unprecedented levels of new infrastructure by uplifting the capability of Victorian Departments and Agencies. Implementing the Digital Asset Policy will improve project delivery efficiency, uplift design, and delivery capability, and provide greater data insight and analysis to continuously improve project performance.

The digital asset policy provides clear and consistent organisational and project requirements designed to optimise productivity, and be appropriate and proportional to a project’s value and risk context. The policy applies to all Victorian Government Departments, corporations, authorities, and other bodies under the Financial Management Act 1994. The policy is applicable to any asset investment proposal seeking budget funding and requiring the development of a business case, which is a mandatory requirement for capital investments with a Total Estimated Investment of $10 million or more.

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The Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) is delivering the Digital Build to make Victoria the digital innovation state and continue delivering the nation’s best infrastructure pipeline. The 2020-2021 Budget allocated $11 million to OPV over the next five years for the Digital Build program to implement the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) and increase the use of Offsite Construction.

The Digital Build program aims to improve the productivity of Victorian infrastructure projects by enhancing the scoping and pricing at early stages, by leveraging the best digital technologies for project management and reducing complexity in design.

The OPV Digital Build offers the most advanced policy, guidance, systems, and training in digital civil infrastructure project practice in Australia. The website contains a wealth of information about the current work and outputs, including the digital asset policy and the Victorian digital asset strategy (VDAS). Within this, a suite of resources has been developed to assist in understanding and applying the VDAS, while showing how digital engineering can be used to deliver value. The suite of VDAS resources include: VDAS dictionary, VDAS access to International Standards, VDAS Victorian Digital Engineering Education Map and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).

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The NATSPEC National BIM Guide is a suite of documents that can be used to implement BIM on a project. To work effectively, the documents should be compiled in a coordinated way and read in conjunction with each other.

The intent of the Guide’s structure is to allow each edition to function as a core reference document and to confine all editing to the Project BIM Brief. This allows the National BIM Guide to be tailored to individual projects while allowing it to be progressively upgraded in response to users’ needs from edition to edition within a consistent, recognisable framework.

The documents in the suite are: NATSPEC National BIM Guide and Project BIM Brief Template, NATSPEC BIM Reference Schedule and the NATSPEC BIM Object/Element Matrix.

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NATSPEC is a not-for-profit organisation that is owned by the design, build, construct and property industry through professional associations and government’s property groups. It is impartial and is not involved in advocacy or policy development. Its major service is the comprehensive national specification system endorsed by government and professional bodies.

NATSPEC aims to improve the quality and productivity of the built environment through leadership in the provision of specification information. It believes that digital information, including 3-D Modelling and BIM, will provide improved methods of design, construction and communication for the whole industry.

This website contains a broad range of information from the Australian body associated with producing standards. Its purpose is to provide the standardised practices for the exchange of digital building information. The website contains documents, tools, resources, tutorials and details of current R&D projects.

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This document forms the basis of how BIM will be implemented in Queensland. Queensland’s Government recognised the opportunities and benefits that BIM could provide when it launched the State Infrastructure Plan in March 2016. To maximise the benefits from applying BIM to all major infrastructure projects, these principles will support the effective use of BIM across Queensland Government’s infrastructure delivery agencies.

The principles apply to those who are involved in any part of the lifecycle of new major construction assets, including their planning, procurement, design, contract management, construction, operation and maintenance.

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Australian State and Territory Governments recognise the value of BIM in the delivery and management of buildings and infrastructure assets across Australia. BIM offers many benefits throughout the asset’s lifecycle and has the potential to drive efficiency, value for money, productivity and innovation. Governments are committed to enabling and supporting Australian industry and asset owners to take advantage of the opportunities provided by BIM in design, construction and asset lifecycle management.

The Australian BIM Strategic Framework is the first key step to establishing a basis for governments to adopt a consistent national approach to BIM in major building and infrastructure construction projects. Australian industry also shares a responsibility for ensuring that it develops capability, expertise and skills.

Government policy and public procurement are powerful tools to support such a transformation. State’s and Territory’s leadership will encourage the development of industry’s capability and the adoption of BIM in large government building and infrastructure projects, while enhancing the opportunity to significantly improve the productivity of construction activities and asset management.

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