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:
To present key aspects of the precinct data model and related processes and outputs (including a database interface and a concept PIM 3D visualisation tool) developed as part of the PIM project.
To demonstrate the application and relevance of that work for the wider community within the CRCLCL.
To launch a Position Paper that articulates the efficacy of modelling the built environment at the scale of a precinct.
To showcase the utilization opportunity and potential for long-term impact of the approach to information exchange standards undertaken in the PIM project.
To review the outcomes of the Empowering Broadway Phase 1 project (a project to empower precinct scale initiatives to drive transitions to low carbon energy and water use).
To outline both the need and opportunity for ongoing work in the development of PIM, as well as potential funding opportunities.
The event concluded with a Panel Session, facilitated by Professor Peter Newton, that sought to identify utilization opportunities and next steps that could build on the work completed.
This report summarizes the outcomes from the discussion during the Panel Session, drawn primarily from the contributions of the panel members. This is done under three sections: possible exemplar precincts that may be used to implement/test aspects of the PIM approach; project opportunities that could serve to explore specific aspect of PIM; and key messages that emerged out of the discussion.
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