The Digital Engineering Framework

Since the launch of the Digital Engineering (DE) Framework in September 2018, there have been a series of releases, adding additional capabilities and updating key documents to reflect lessons learned on pilot projects.

The DE Framework commenced Stage 2 of development in October 2020 and will continue to develop new capabilities, whilst working closely with projects as they embrace new digital ways of working.

Document library

This library contains many of our key documents released since the DE Framework launched in September 2018. These documents support both the Client-side and Contractors, and include technical guides, procurement / contract documents, management plan documents and a range of tools and templates. 

There are some additional documents that are available to Transport staff and our Pilot Projects only.  If you're interested in a particular document that's not publicly available, please email us at 

Document types

Transport requirements
DE disciplinePublication dateDocument no.Document titleDocument purpose
AllOct 2019DMS-ST-208Digital Engineering FrameworkThis document provides an overview of the scope and purpose of the DE Framework, including resources available, and its utilisation over the project lifecycle.
AllSept 2018
(updated April 2021)
DMS-ST-202Digital Engineering Standard - Part 1, Concepts and principlesThis document provides an overview of Transport's operating environment and DE concepts.
AllSept 2018

(updated April 2021)

DMS-ST-207Digital Engineering Standard - Part 2, RequirementsThis document details the management requirements and technical outputs (deliverables/submissions) required during the delivery of a Transport DE-enabled project.
AllSept 2018
(updated April 2021)
DMS-SD-123Terms and definitionsThis document explains DE terms, phrases and acronyms, as used by Transport.
SurveyApril 2021DMS-FT-493​​​Utility Schema and Specification (XLSX, 789.7 KB)This schema outlines the format and data requirements to be followed when creating utility survey deliverables.
BIMOct 2019
(updated April 2021)
DMS-FT-516BIM Schema and SpecificationThis supporting document provides modelers with clearer, more detailed level of specification as to the information to be included in the BIM model. This document has been written to complement Table 34: Model Properties Requirements in the DE Standard (DMS-ST-207).
Supersedes Model Properties Specification (SD-133).
CADOct 2019
(updated April 2021)
DMS-SD-562CAD Schema and Specification This schema outlines the format and data requirements to be followed when creating CAD deliverables.
GISNov 2021DMS-FT-580GIS SchemaThis schema outlines the format and data requirements to be followed when creating GIS deliverables.
Information ManagementSept 2018
(updated Nov 2021)
DMS-FT-533Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Schema and Specification

This schema specifies the format and any data requirements to be complied with for the configuration of the projects' ECM tool. It includes project-specific fields which must be defined by the Transport project team prior to implementation.

Systems EngineeringOct 2019DMS-SD-563Requirements Schema and Specification for DE ProjectsThis schema specifies the format and any data requirements to be complied with during the definition and management of project requirements. It is designed to comply with T MU AM 06004 ST Requirements Schema, incorporating appropriate PDBB to standardise and align with other project data.
TimeOct 2019DMS-FT-520Scheduling Schema and Specification (XLSX, 172.27 KB)This schema defines a standard structure for the organisation of project activities in Primavera P6.
Delivery tools and templates
DE disciplinePublication dateDocument no.Document titleDocument purpose
BIM ModelsNov 2020
(updated April 2021)
DMS-FT-454Model Property Check Template (XLSX, 154.43 KB)

This template provides a visual report format for compliance results of BIM model attributes compared with the BIM Schema.

Asset DataSept 2018 (updated May 2021)DMS-FT-537Asset Register TemplateThis template provides the minimum fields required to allow auto-population and validation with the BIM model. Extra data requirements are to be appended as required by T MU AM 02001 ST Asset Information and Register Requirements.
BIMSept 2018
(updated April 2021)
DMS-FT-534Model Production and Delivery Table (MPDT) Template This template provides a standard structure for the documentation and communication of models to be produced during the project, who is responsible in the team for delivery, the LoD required at defined milestones and the model-level classification.
BIMApr 2019DMS-FT-556Model Validation Certificate This template provides a checklist and an indication from the project team to Transport that the BIM model submission has been developed as per the project requirements.
CADSeptember 2018 (updated April 2021)DMS-FT-549DE CAD Title Block Standard FormatThis template provides the approved layout and data inclusions for title blocks on DE CAD deliverables.
This template is to be utilised for delivery of both road (RMS) and rail (Sydney Trains) CAD deliverables.
DE Management

Sept 2018 (updated April 2021)

DMS-FT-532Digital Engineering Execution Plan (DEXP) TemplateThis template provides a standardised format and contents for the DE Manager on a project to document, agree and communicate to the delivery team how DE is to be used for project delivery, the deliverables requirements and processes and tools to be implemented to facilitate DE delivery. The template provides guidance to users and cross-reference to the updated Digital Engineering Standard and other DE Framework documents.
DE ManagementApril 2021DMS-FT-443 DE Responsibility Matrix (XLSX, 707.46 KB)This template provides a standard format for projects to allocate DE responsibilities to team members, providing visibility and accountability.
Information ManagementSept 2018 (updated April 2021)DMS-FT-555Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP) TemplateThis template provides project teams with a tool to communicate information deliverables (NB this includes internal project deliverables as well as formal submissions to Transport), when they are required and who is responsible.
This will help the contractor to interpret contract requirements correctly and sets expectations/confirms scope between Transport and the contractor.

Technical Guidance

DE disciplinePublication dateDocument no.Document titleDocument purpose
AllOCT 2019DMS-SD-140Project Deliverables Requirements GuideThis guide provides a summary of the deliverables required by the DE Standard and indication of when in the project lifecycle they are required and to what detail.
Asset DataApr 2019DMS-SD-138Why not COBie?This guide provides an overview of the reasons that Transport does not require compliance with COBie.
Asset DataOct 2021DMS-SD-141Master Classification LibraryThis guide provides a list of common locations and assets within the Transport portfolio and their classification. A code is also provided, based on ASA’s T MU AM 02002 TI Asset Classification System.
For projects using the DE Framework, the requirement for aligning the handover asset register with T MU AM 02002 TI Asset Classification System remains with Transport.
BIMOct 2019DMS-SD-136Setting up for BIMThis guide is aimed at the Contractor and provides advice on how to set up for modelling appropriately so that Transport’s requirements are met over the course of the design process. This will reduce rework and ensure the integrity of the model.
CADOct 2019DMS-SD-139The DE CAD ConcessionThis guide details why a CAD concession has been requested for our Pilot Projects, what the concession aims to achieve and what projects are impacted.
DE ManagementApr 2019DMS-SD-124Application of Uniclass 2015 for Transport for NSWThis guide provides an overview of what Uniclass 2015 is and why it has been adopted by Transport. It also describes how it is to be implemented on Transport projects.
DE ManagementOct 2019DMS-SD-125Establishing the Contractor CDEThis guide provides guidance to Contractors on how to set up a Contractor Common Data Environment (CDE) in line with the principles of the DE Framework, achieving consistency in fundamental CDE principles, applying the project data schema, security and on-boarding staff.
DE ManagementOct 2019DMS-SD-149Using the DEXPThis guide provides an overview of the purpose and benefits of a DEXP and where it fits within the contract management plan suite. It explains the structure and content of a DEXP and details how the DEXP is managed over the life of the project.
Information ManagementApr 2019DMS-SD-144The MIDP GuideThis guide provides an overview of what an MIDP is and the benefits of using an MIDP during project delivery. Further, it provides users with advice on how to set up and use the MIDP.
GISNov 2021DMS-FT-581GIS Management Plan (GISMP) Template (DOCX, 170.5 KB)This guide provides a template to comply with Transport GIS requirements specified in Digital Engineering G75 and GIS Schema (DMS-FT-580) documents


The DE Framework focuses on five key objectives, driving a consistent approach to DE and allowing projects to simply and rapidly adopt DE.

Find out about the capabilities and benefits of each of these objectives below.

Digital Twin



Laser scanning and point cloudsBetter site investigation and design inputs
Coding and tracking of sub-surface utilitiesImproved modelling of underground conditions
3D modelling and design collaborationLess design changes and construction variations
Review design and construction methodology using 4D modelsGreater design insights and faster approvals
Visualisation using AR & VRImproved stakeholder consultation




Agreed commercial and legal framework for DEMore clarity on DE governance for projects
Standardised approach with template documentsFaster, more consistent DE tender preparation
Scalable, integrated procurement processesLess complexity and improved tender responses
Guidance and technical support for DE procurementMore informed DE tender assessment
Expertise to support project initiationSmoother project start-up

Ways of working

DE Standard and technical guidesStandardised work practices and deliverables
Smarter searching capabilitiesFaster, more informed decisions
Deliverables specified in open data formatsFuture-proofed data for re-use
High quality modelling and 3D visualisationGreater insights for value engineering and improved customer outcomes
Digital asset handover processesMore efficient and effective transition to O&M


Data storage & exchange in common environmentSecure data access for multiple project parties
IT platform pre-configured to enable DE processesFaster, consistent setup for new projects
DE data accessible on mobile platformOffsite access to drawings and project information
Software for reviewing BIM modelsFaster, more informed approval
Bulk production drawings from 3D modelLess admin and more efficient data processing

Skills and resourcing

Consistent understanding of DEPractical knowledge of DE and the DEF
Role specific training for DEF elementsImproved internal capability for DE management
New skills for procurement & project managementImproved tender assessment and project outcomes
New skills and tools for design review and approvalImproved assurance of project deliverables
Pre-approved panel offering DE services and subject-matter expertsAccess and rapid procurement of industry DE expertise

Creating a data-centric network

The success of DE is dependent on consistent and reliable data and information that’s managed as an asset, and maintained throughout project delivery and asset operations and maintenance. That is why consistent and scalable processes are vital. 

To achieve DE’s full benefits, Transport is committed to making more informed, data-driven decisions, with the development of the DE Framework. We’re striving to create a unified, reliable and reusable approach to DE, and to supporting its implementation throughout our organisation.

Current state vs Future state

The DE Framework will bring together systems and related data sets into a Common Data Environment (CDE), proving access to geometric and non-geometric data and information. Once these data sets come together, they provide valuable insights, by telling the full story of an asset.

Project Data Building Blocks - Connecting Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies are enhancing project outcomes and producing data and information at rates we’ve never seen before. This creates its own unique challenges. When data is restricted within Project disciplines, the full value can never be realised.

The DE Framework solves this by creating a universal system for defining and managing data and relating information to assets through all stages of a project lifecycle. We call this the Project Data Building Blocks. Watch the video below to find out more.

The Future of the DE Framework

Transport is committed to the development of the DE Framework, refining our approach as the DE technology continues to mature. The DE Framework will remain focused on supporting current project delivery, while discovering, testing and embracing industry best practices as they evolve.


Our Frequently Asked Questions are a great starting point if you have any questions.