Developing policy strategies for public procurement of infrastructure projects and building information modelling

Interest in and the application of building information modelling (BIM) on public infrastructure projects continues to grow in Australia. Heralded as a means to drive productivity, innovation and economic reform across the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, advocates have called for the wide spread implementation of BIM and collective action. Despite this, views differ and uncertainty prevails about how to capitalise on the anticipated opportunities BIM offers, but also how benefits can be achieved. To further enlighten the policy discourse on BIM, this research project investigates the impacts and implications of BIM on public procurement of infrastructure projects. It seeks direction and solutions to clarify the potential BIM offers, including relative to broader scaled applications and digital developments, through contractual mechanisms for public infrastructure projects.