As the industry starts to waken for another year and we get rid of the sand between our toes from the family break, a couple of things to mention first up.

The 2019 Professional Excellence in Building Awards is now in full swing – but get ready, THINGS ARE DIFFERENT!

By this, I mean that we are now digital and this is good news for you. With a far more advanced system (Award Force) that will ultimately save you time and money when preparing your entry, we’re sure that you will want to keep coming back to lodge more entries in Australia’s premier Awards program – specifically designed for the recognition of the Building Professional.

Remember, submissions are now open and must close 15 March 2019. Our first Awards event this year will be in Canberra on 23rd May – details of all events will appear in the not too distant future on our website. I am also happy to let you know that Hong Kong will again be a part of our Awards program. On the strength of last year’s event and feedback, we are planning a bigger and better event come mid-year with our many members in South East Asia.

In other news, the release of two significant publications by the Australasian BIM Advisory Board should play a major part in furthering building information modelling in Australia.

The first of these is the Asset Information Requirements Guide: Information required for the operation and maintenance of an asset. This Guide identifies the asset information components that are expected to be delivered in response to asset information requirements (AIR), namely, models, documents and data. It explains the basic concepts of digital information management (e.g. structured data) for those new to the subject and seeks to dispel common misconceptions about the roles played in AM/FM by tools such as Building Information Modelling (BIM).The vision is to build a BIM process consistency framework, together with the private sector, that sets the national standard. Encouraging BIM process consistency represents the construction sector’s greatest opportunity to realise the benefits of BIM.

The second of these publications is BIM Process Consistency: Towards a Common Framework for Digital Design, Construction and Operation. A Common Framework will help governments and industry adopt, implement and align the use of BIM on public projects. In doing so, government and industry will have greater control over quality and achieving financial and strategic expectations. A Common Framework will drive savings and efficiencies, and support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) transition to the BIM environment – the new way of doing business in the construction industry.

Come mid next month, we will start to send out our membership subscriptions for the 2019/2020 year. So with this in mind, it is important to keep all your contact details up to date. Simply head to our website and log in if you need to update this information, or contact our office (02) 6253 1100 or, you can email

And finally, a warm welcome to DesignBUILD – our newest Corporate Partner to join the AIB. In coming months, there will be a lot of great things to share with you, however none more important than the DesignBUILD expo which is set down for May this year.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes