Mandating building information modelling (BIM) in Australia now should only be done as part of a wider national strategy for the construction industry. Otherwise it will be as effective as mandating CAD.

The benefits of BIM were being extolled far and wide in the UK for years before the government introduced a BIM mandate. Case study after case study, report after report showed that BIM would cut A by x per cent and improve B by y per cent. Many said “they…