Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 408. Updated Tuesday, 06 May 2014

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Blueprints for construction industry

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) has produced two new guides for the construction industry to improve productivity.

In collaboration with the Australian Construction Industry Forum, APPC has produced The Case for Project Team Integration, and The Project Team Integration Workbook, putting the case for early integration of project team members as a way of getting the best from all disciplines and investment in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Chairman of ACIF, Robin Fardoulys said the industry was beginning to invest heavily in BIM to drive more efficient design, site management, construction methods, and asset management.

"It is also a key to driving greater productivity from supply chain arrangements, offering opportunities to avoid design clashes and reduce variations during project delivery," Mr Fardoulys said.

"Government as buyer in Australia could spur on the productivity gains to be had from both, by normalising the market by encouraging the use of BIM, and requiring contractors to nominate the members of supply chains they will use, on all Commonwealth Government projects."

Mr Fardoulys said the more challenging and potentially more rewarding opportunity for Government was in challenging orthodox approaches to ensuring probity and value requirements were met, by finding innovative ways to appoint project teams before design solutions had been finalised.

"Ideally, Government procurement policy should encourage collaborative working," he said.

Productivity gains would come from greater attention being paid to collaborative working, rather than the traditional trade and professional discipline "silos" which inhibited collaboration and value, Mr Fardoulys said.

More information about the guides is available at this PS News link.

The Case for Project Team Integration is available from this PS News link.

The Project Team Integration Workbook is available at this PS News link.

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