New Digital Strategy For Infrastructure Projects

As the Andrews Labor Government invests in the biggest infrastructure program the state has ever seen, a new Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) will improve the way that projects are defined, delivered and maintained.

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, including computer-aided designs, 3D visuals and project schedules, construction sequencing and 4D models, cost and operations, and maintenance performance.

In 2019 the VDAS will be rolled out in across all relevant government agencies and will include both Digital Engineering (DE) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

VDAS has been developed by the Victorian Chief Engineer Dr Collette Burke and the Office of Projects Victoria, who will be driving the implementation of the strategy.

The move to the VDAS is supported by industry groups – who see BIM, digital engineering, and smart construction as key elements to realising the potential of digital transformation in Australia.

The Labor Government is also supporting the development of new TAFE courses in BIM.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas

“We’re delivering the biggest infrastructure pipeline in Victoria’s history – so it’s 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.”

Quotes attributable to Victorian Chief Engineer Dr Collette Burke

“The VDAS is 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.”

Quote attributable to Executive Director Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association Sumit Oberoi

“AMCA welcomes the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy – we need to be smarter and more innovative about how we deliver construction projects and how we use and operate assets during their life.”