Victoria rethinking its digital support for state infrastructure boom

By The Mandarin

August 30, 2018

A new digital asset strategy will be rolled out across Victorian government agencies from next year, to support the $78.9 billion in state capital projects on the books.

Led by the Office of Projects Victoria, a new Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) is in development aimed at improving the way that projects are defined, delivered and maintained, according to a government statement released today.

“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.”

The state’s inaugural Chief Engineer Dr Collette Burke (pictured above), who is leading the development of the strategy, said it would contribute to 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.”

Treasurer Tim Pallas said the government was delivering the biggest infrastructure pipeline in Victoria’s history — which notably included this week’s announcement of the state’s first ring rail project — “So it’s vital that we employ a consistent Digital Engineering and Building Information Modelling approach,” he said.

“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.”

Overeager ministerial media officials mistakenly claimed the strategy was being released today but the Office of Projects Victoria confirmed to The Mandarin the strategy is still in development.

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