Digital Engineering and Building Information Modelling

Posted 16 October 2018
Authors/Contributors: Toby Maple & Evan Jones, AECOM, and Richard Savage, GHD
The final Queensland technical seminar of the year was kindly hosted by AECOM at their office in Fortitude Valley and was attended by over 80 delegates (another sell-out!). Marco van Winden, an AECOM Water Sector leader himself, acted as MC for the evening.

The water industry is changing. Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Engineering (DE) are being used to not only design and construct water assets but also to manage asset information. Although it seems like such a huge leap, this is, in essence, only a step change for the industry. Historic ways of working – such as drawing-based processes – are becoming slow, cumbersome and outdated.

Digital Twins (DT) and Virtual Reality (VR) along with Internet of Things (IoT) are the new normal. These foundational elements will assist with the ongoing digital transformation of our industry.

Gartner, a world leading research and advisory company, rate these in the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018.

AECOM's Toby Maple and Evan Jones covered a range of strategic and practical implementation issues relevant to the adoption pathway for DE and BIM in the industry. The presentation included discussion on the following:

• Local, national and international developments in DE and BIM
• Experiences of local water utilities when implementing BIM/DE
• Implementation approaches of BIM/DE within a consultancy – where do you start?
• How to harness these trends in your own business and work life

Thanks to AECOM, delegates enjoyed networking over drinks and snacks after the event. On behalf of the Australian Water Association, we extend our grateful thanks for their ongoing support of the Queensland Branch events program.