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Australian Digital Built Environment Principles

Built environment industry association Consult Australia has released the Australian Digital Built Environment Principles, which the organisation says mark an important step in the adoption of digital technologies to improve the design and operation of cities and infrastructure.

Megan Motto, Chief Executive Officer of Consult Australia, says that: “To enable the benefits of new technology and approaches such as BIM, GIS, and Smart Cities, government and industry have needed to create a supportive policy environment.”

Australian Digital Built Environment Principles

Australia will benefit from more liveable cities and better performing infrastructure through the use of open shareable asset information and enabling digital technologies to capture, plan, create, build, connect, and manage our built environments.

Principles to enable stakeholders to test the above hypothesis in their particular context:


Maximises value, skills, and competition whilst achieving improvements in productivity, environmental sustainability, and providing positive social benefit.


Maximises opportunities for adoption or involvement, and is inclusive irrespective of participant experience, size, resources, sector, or jurisdiction.


Supports innovation and sensible risk management, and can be achieved at a variety of scales with evidence-based solutions, available resources and delivery mechanisms.


Accessible to relevant stakeholders, and is transparent in its operation and limitations while ensuring security and privacy.


Consistent across industry and government, and measurable against recognised standards, regulations, and appropriate requirements.

Also published on Medium.

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Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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