The AMCA has welcomed the Victorian Government's announcement to pursue a new Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS), which aims to improve the way that projects are defined, delivered and maintained.
The timing of the announcement is especially important given the infrastructure pipeline planned for the state.
In the coming year alone, $78.9 billion of state capital projects will commence, be developed or delivered – each project helping grow our economy and create jobs.
The VDAS will support these government infrastructure projects, seamlessly integrating the many sources of information that create Victorian assets, which includescomputer-aided designs, 3D visuals and project schedules, construction sequencing and 4D models, cost and operations, and maintenance performance.
Developed by the Victorian Chief Engineer, Dr Collette Burke, and the Office of Projects Victoria, it will be rolled out in across all relevant government agencies in 2019 and will include both Digital Engineering (DE) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Importantly, the Victorian Government will also support the development of new TAFE courses in BIM.
In making the announcement, Treasurer, Tim Pallas, said that the planned delivery of the biggest infrastructure pipeline in Victoria’s history makes it "vital that we employ a consistent Digital Engineering and Building Information Modelling approach.”
“It’ll help build the infrastructure we need in a smarter, quicker and often cheaper way – which is great news for our economy, productivity and jobs.”
These sentiments were echoed by the Victorian Chief Engineer, Dr Collette Burke, who heralded the VDAS as "a best practice approach – supporting cost savings, improved productivity, managing project risks, improved collaboration and better project and community outcomes.”
“VDAS will enable data to be effectively and efficiently transferred through all stages of a project and into the asset’s life,” she said.
AMCA Executive Director, Sumit Oberoi, welcomed the strategy, saying "we need to be smarter and more innovative about how we deliver construction projects and how we use and operate assets during their life.”
Mr Oberoi also committed to ongoing engagement with the Victorian Government, saying that "it is vital that industry is involved as the strategy moves into implementation phase".