Rethinking the contractual context for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Australian built environment industry

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Ilsa Kuiper
Dominik Holzer


Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be defined as a process of generating and managing information of a building or infrastructure during its life cycle. Whilst the 3D visualisation or dimensional functions of BIM are not necessarily new, it is the usage and integration of this information related to project delivery, management and performance analysis that are challenging current construction industry practices.  Industry has called for the development of more collaborative and integrated contractual arrangements to facilitate the use of BIM. Such recommendations appeal to the ideal use of BIM, but also provide a potential opportunity to seek improvement within the construction industry. This paper proposes a procurement approach to BIM to establish the applicable contractual context to address the potential legal risks and commercial considerations, relative to current practices in Australia. It als ooutlines why BIM, with other enabling technologies, will drive the evolution of contract delivery methodologies.

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Kuiper, I., & Holzer, D. (2013). Rethinking the contractual context for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Australian built environment industry. Construction Economics and Building, 13(4), 1-17.
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Author Biographies

Ilsa Kuiper

Procurement management consultant.

Dominik Holzer, University of Melbourne

Next to running the Design Technology consultancy AEC Connect, Dr. Dominik Holzer teaches and researches as a Senior Lecturer in Digital Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Dominik is a member of the Standards Australia Committee BD-104 (Building Information Modeling), and he is the previous chair of the 'BIM and IPD Steering Group' of the AIA and Consult Australia. Dr. Holzer is the founding member of the Computational Design Group Melbourne and a member or the Innovative Structures group at RMIT University.


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