Building Information Modelling (BIM) & integrated project delivery (IPD): Workplace utilisation in W. Australia
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The uptake of Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be enhanced in Western Australia (WA) by both, public and private client support, as well as by increased company training initiatives; this is required to combat the concern felt by many local industry professionals regarding software application capabilities, standard compliances and legislative responsibilities. The work presented here finds that the large upfront cost of purchasing suitable software, alongside increased IT and technical support is a potentially detracting factor in BIM system implementation in WA. The increase in drafting costs by up to 25%, (to address BIM) must be seen by stakeholders to produce knock-on tangible improvements in productivity of the construction process and a reduction in change-orders and information-requests. Findings presented suggest that improved collaboration within design and construction team(s) resulting in faster, less-expensive fit-for-purpose (WA mining infrastructure) projects, can justify the increase in BIM-system drafting costs. The research presented finds staff training to be one of the larger costs to introducing a BIM system, and that this is compounded by a lack of support from training bodies and industry associations. Although WA recognises that BIM has the potential to reduce inter-party dispute and/by the provision of clear and concise information, a need remains for industry and professional associations to give guidance in legal/contractual issues, and associated risks with information sharing on a national and international scale.
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