This report outlines the scope and progress of work that has been undertaken as part of the PIM Project for the CRC for Low Carbon Living. It is recognised that the project has suffered setbacks in its collaboration with other CRC projects, but the report makes the case that the core deliverables have progressed strongly and the project has made significant contributions to the development of international (and therefore, national) standards for modelling the built environment at a precinct scale. The utilisation of that work will be assured as those standards are implemented in software over the next 5-8 years, providing a solid platform for better management of the built environment to achieve low carbon outcomes through all the programs of the CRC, while delivering very significant productivity dividends in the infrastructure and urban planning sector that should meet the milestones set for the CRC.
The report outlines the activities of the Project Team to deliver on the core deliverables related to the development of an open standard for sharing precinct scale information, establishing the PIM platform described in the project proposal and meeting the broader CRC Milestones articulated for the CRC.
While acknowledging the setbacks in our collaboration with existing CRC projects, specifically the Empowering Broadway project that was to be the exemplar of our work during the second two years, we describe the specific deliverables that are on track to be completed by the project completion date. These opportunities are outlined in the final section of this report, with separate expanded reports addressing the specific opportunities for the Broadway Precinct, ICM, ETWW and the upcoming UHI Mitigation Decision-Support Tool.
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Precinct Information Modelling (PIM) describes the process of creating a 3D digital model at the scale of a precinct, defined as any area of the built environment that is of interest for some practical purpose.
The work undertaken in the CRCLCL PIM Project (RP2011) was presented at an Industry Symposium on 15 September 2017. The aim was to demonstrate how Precinct Information Modelling (PIM), based on an open information exchange standard, can enable more effective urban planning, design and management at a precinct scale. The objectives of the event were:
This technical investigation canvases a range issues concerned with the development of a PIM Object Library, specifically to address carbon management, though the principles could be applied within a broader context. It deals with:
This technical investigation presents the precinct information (PIM) data schema. The schema is an extension of the current IFC data schema that is used widely for building works. Apart from buildings, precincts also contain infrastructure objects such as roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, and outdoor civic spaces that contribute to the overall carbon impact and therefore need to be modelled.