A new Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) has been created to improve the way that infrastructure projects are defined, delivered and maintained.

In 2019 alone, $78.9 billion of state capital projects will commence, be developed or delivered – each project helping grow Australia’s 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 VDAS is a best practice approach – supporting cost savings, improved productivity, managing project risks, improved collaboration and better project and community outcomes,” Dr Burke said.

“VDAS will enable data to be effectively and efficiently transferred through all stages of a project and into the asset’s life.”

Treasurer, Tim Pallas, said, “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.”

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.

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