Australian engineers need to smarten up, Bentley Systems says

Article published by Sydney Morning Herald by Jenny Wiggins, Infrastructure Reporter 7 April 2015

Australian construction companies need to start using global standards and technology on infrastructure projects to remain competitive internationally and cut costs, the chief executive of US software group Bentley Systems has warned.

Gregory Bentley, one of five brothers who founded Bentley Systems in 1984, said British engineering groups had identified opportunities to win global projects by becoming “smarter” and adopting codes of practice that allowed them to work more closely with designers and builders.

These include using common processes such as British Standard 1192, which helps designers prepare information on a project before passing it to a construction team to build it, and building information modelling (BIM) technology, which allows engineers to produce three dimensional models and review a project’s progress while it is under construction.

“It could and should be adopted faster in Australia,” Mr Bentley told The Australian Financial Review. “Australian engineers would come further up the curve on global standards which would improve their competitiveness and their ability to share work on projects elsewhere.”

Mr Bentley’s warning echoes calls by global engineering groups such as AECOM for Australia’s construction industry to adopt new technology faster.

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