How Construction Software can help the Australian Building Reform.

by Jun 10, 2021

How is the Australian building reform affecting builders and owners?

The current Australian building industry reform means Owners, Developers, Builders, and Contractors need to be mindful of complying with new industry regulations. Those that do not adapt to new processes and manage these changes will fall behind and run the risk of losing work to those companies that do embrace change.

The Building Confidence report which was commissioned by the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) was the first step in improving the effectiveness of compliance and systems across the building and construction industry. Several of the recommendations in the report related to proper building documentation.

Since the release of the report, State Governments have responded by looking to implement some of the biggest changes seen in decades, including 2 new Acts in NSW, the Design and Practitioners Act and the Residential Apartment Buildings Act. Both acts are intended to improve the quality of construction work within NSW.

Complying with or exceeding what is required is the key for Owners, Developers, Builders, and Contractors to safeguard and futureproof their construction operations.

How can construction software help owners and builders comply?

Construction software tools streamline the creation of building documentation and collaboration on building processes and help project stakeholders meet the new requirements more easily. OmTrak Construction Software is the leading end-end solution for the delivery of construction documentation and ongoing building maintenance management. It’s utilised by property and construction professionals to collaborate and share project documentation, create quality building documentation and deliver information that can be utilised by the Building Owner for the life of the building.

How has OmTrak addressed the challenges of the Australian Building Reform?

OmTrak CEO David Rafter, said “delivering quality information is of particular importance for the construction industry and this can be easily achieved with the effective implementation of document management and validation processes during the construction phase.

Smart software adoption can provide a vessel for project stakeholders to quickly improve their processes, allowing for a modern and streamlined approach to the supply of compliant digital information at handover.”

Rafter said “The OmTrak team are dedicated to the ongoing construction industry reforms, particularly around digital data transformation, and we are also passionate about helping clients meet their statutory obligations in relation to building information management.

WebFM is the creator of the OmTrak Software solution. The WebFM team has used both their technology expertise and experience within the construction industry to provide a cloud based single point of truth solution that connects the entire project team, from the Owner, the Builder and Subcontractor companies across the work site. OmTrak streamlines the information management process for construction projects to produce high quality and verified as-built information,” he said.

The Australian Building Reform OmTrak

OmTrak parent company WebFM partners with construction industry leaders to address the building reform.

The team has collaborated with the Australian construction industry to produce a software solution that will meet the specific needs of any project. And thanks to its experienced and innovative team, can also provide in-person customer support and consulting for the more challenging construction projects.

WebFM Director Stuart Smith has also recently collaborated with Strata Community Association Australia and Engineers Australia to publish The Australian Building Manual Guideline,” Rafter said.

“The guideline provides an actionable process for Owners and Builders to implement some of the reform recommendations in regard to building manuals, and of course this can all be efficiently done by using OmTrak.”

“Historically there has been quite a gap in industry knowledge relating to building manuals and what is required for handover information. Typically during the construction process, the goal is to achieve physical completion with not as much thought around the quality of information and the future use of the information” Rafter said.

“The use of software technology will play a defining role in determining better efficiencies in the creation of quality building information, and the increased level of diligence and transparency required as a result of the building reforms”.

As part of its commitment to improving and streamlining operations for those in the sector, OmTrak is continuing its work with industry bodies to address the implementation of the recommendations of the Building Confidence Report and training our users on how OmTrak can assist with meeting quality assurance processes, and rebuilding consumer and industry confidence.

Whilst OmTrak has a long history of being used on large-scale government projects, it’s also equally valuable for utilisation on private sector projects seeking to meet the same standards. With construction industry reform accelerating, it’s important for all to embrace the changes and keep abreast of the information requirements in each state. Construction businesses that do not consciously plan for this will eventually be phased out of the market.

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If you would like to know more about OmTrak and how it can help Owners, Developers, Builders and Contractors meet their contractual obligations in regard to handing over compliant Construction and Building Information, contact us.

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