Digital work environment
Our companies were the first in Australasia to achieve BSI Kitemark certification for Building Information Modelling (BIM) excellence to the new ISO 19650 standards series.
We manage every phase of a project’s lifecycle by linking our honed engineering processes with BIM, Geographic Information Systems, Virtual Design and Construction, Information Management, Quality Assurance and Asset Management systems.
Just some of the new technologies we are using and enhancing include Internet of Things, 4D Planning, Intelligent Earthworks, Reality Capture, Virtual and Augmented Reality, as well as automation and simulation.
Toward Integrated Digital Delivery
We are now taking connectivity further with our transition to Integrated Digital Delivery. More powerfully linking the Group’s systems, data and diverse capabilities across our companies: CPB Contractors, Leighton Asia, Broad Construction, Thiess, Sedgman, UGL, Pacific Partnerships and EIC Activities.
Integrated Digital Delivery connects digital technologies throughout the design, build, operate lifecycle of each project. It enables intelligent data to flow across specialist teams and project phases, integrating work processes and stakeholders to achieve better outcomes.
Greater digital integration also expands our ability to aggregate intelligent data from our portfolio of infrastructure, services and resources projects. With it, we can innovate and create greater value for projects and optimise our operations.
Driving integration and innovation
Key milestones in our digital journey have included establishing our unified technology function, which has reach across all of our companies, to embed innovations and digital solutions at scale.
We’ve progressed implementation of our common Project Data Structure. This is a consistent approach to coding and mapping data which enables our systems, applications and devices to communicate.
Given the breadth of our Group, we also created an Innovation Council with representatives from each of our companies. While each business has its own innovation road map, we collaborate to surface and accelerate high value innovations that benefit the Group.
Making a difference
Leveraging these advances, we continue to innovate in every lifecycle phase. Just some examples include our Active 4D Planning, Virtual Builder and pavement innovations.
Our Active 4D Planning process enables teams to build a project’s program, directly from a 3D BIM model, commencing at tender initiation. Generating the initial project program in 4D, much earlier in the tender process than current industry practice, gives teams more time to explore options and develop safer, sustainable solutions.
Virtual Builder is like a flight simulator for construction, with video game architecture. The virtual 3D environment replicates the construction site. Teams can run simulations, testing methodologies and options at every work phase to determine the best solutions. Its use improves safety and efficiency and reduces rework and wastage.
In transport infrastructure, we are the major industry partner to the Smart Pavements Australia Research Collaboration, in conjunction with Monash University. We are working to make pavements safer and more economical with a lower environmental footprint. Our sponsorship of nine innovations includes a focus on smart sensing, construction and maintenance monitoring.
Valuing our team
Our focus on culture as an enabler of innovation and digital integration greatly values our people.
Engineers, site supervisors, delivery teams and operators collaborating with technology and data science specialists is invaluable. As is the energy of our graduates, and the fresh perspectives we gain as digitisation diversifies the skill sets we need. Together, sharing CIMIC’s Principles, our people are upskilling, building rewarding careers and shaping the industry.
Meeting the challenges that count
The speed of change in digital technologies will continue and that is great news for an industry that has so much to contribute. Technology and innovation in the hands of people who are passionate about their enduring legacy is how we will meet the challenges that count. To embed safety and resilience, reduce emissions and waste, and increase productivity.
As a Group with integrated capabilities, CIMIC is on track to emerge as the market’s leading Integrated Digital Delivery, whole-of-life partner. We are extracting every advantage from our early focus and investment in digital innovation to build a stronger, sustainable future for CIMIC and the communities we serve.