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Mapping the building process to capture digital information across the building lifecycle

What we did and why

We commissioned RMIT University to undertake foundational research to map the building lifecycle of a multi-storey residential (Class 2) building because there was no publicly available mapping of the building process for digital information capture.

What we found

The report and accompanying graphical map provide a high-level summary showing key activities at each stage (pre-planning, design, procurement, construction, occupation and demolition), responsible parties and opportunities for digital information capture (as at April 2020).

The report identifies key needs for digital information capture:

  • a collaborative digital platform for smooth information sharing and digital ledgers for authorisation processes
  • future-proof archiving processes so that owners or occupants of buildings can access digitally captured information during or after the lifetime of the buildings
  • compatibility and interoperability of digital tools and platforms, and integration with online forms for permits and digital ledgers.

What difference this made

The mapping is the first of its kind that is publicly available. It is an important tool to help redesign the building regulatory system using digital technologies.

We shared this report and map with our stakeholders to help inform policy and regulatory changes, including the Building System Review. We have used the map and report to inform further research activities on digitalising building information and initiatives under Building 4.0 Cooperative Research Centre.