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A quick update on the New Zealand scene!

New Zealand has taken another major step forward following the release of the New Zealand BIM Handbook in July 2014, supporting the Handbook and outlining the productivity benefits of BIM in the ‘BIM in Action – Case studies’ (linked below). Providing a platform to develop further BIM protocols and tools to support the industry in working in a more collaborative and efficient way.

The NZ BIM Acceleration Committee has continued with its cascade strategy that targets New Zealand key clients by promoting the adoption of BIM use and by raising awareness of the benefits that BIM can offer. The Committee’s primary project aim is to have Government as a BIM client by creating and supporting the demand for BIM use in central Government construction clients.

In the last quarter the Committee has identified, and is in the final stages of securing, a resource to identify potential major government construction clients who could benefit from the use of BIM, to identify the potential barriers to their using BIM and addressing as many of these barriers as possible. There is a real opportunity for synergies between the Committees objectives and those of Government Procurement from this type of arrangement.
Training has been identified by successive market research as a core item to overcome the biggest road block to a wider BIM use.

A ‘Best-Practice BIM in New Zealand’ two-day workshop is planned for early August across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with the intention to provide attendees with a robust fundamental knowledge of BIM in New Zealand.

Also, a two-day ‘BIM training for practitioners’ course is currently under development which has already confirmed interest from 130 participants. The course will be run by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and will be tailored for NZ and aligned with the NZ BIM handbook.


Further reading

New Zealand BIM Handbook
“Produced by the BIM Acceleration Committee with extensive industry input, the BIM Handbook gives guides decisions on if and how to use BIM to realise it’s benefits”

Productivity Benefits of BIM
“This brochure presents a compelling case for using BIM and gives real examples of the economic benefits it can deliver”


BIM in Action – Case Studies

Case study 1 – Wellington City Council Bracken Road Flats
Applying BIM retrospectively as a data collection tool for maintaining social housing.


Case study 2 – North Shore Hospital’s Elective Surgery Centre
BIM advancing more efficient and streamlined delivery of healthcare design


Case study 3 – Kathleen Kilgour Centre
Innovative design and operation through BIM


Case study 4 – University of Auckland Undergraduate Laboratories
BIM assisting detailed building services co-ordination


Case study 5 – UNITEC’s integrated information system
BIM as an information sharing resource for facilities management and operations



Funded by BRANZ from the Building Research Levy
Developed by Building and Construction Productivity Partnership Building Value

2 thoughts on “A quick update on the New Zealand scene!

  1. the competition in the construction sector has increased a lot in the last few years and margins have gone down big time if the companies do not innovate and get the costs under control, they are bound to perish

  2. We typically dumb down our base mledos (only linework) to send out to contractors for the layout portion of the project. For surface information we typically send the TIN as 3D lines or Plines along with the Featurelines exported (3D Polylines). Finally, we use XML to send surface data back-and-forth between Microstation and AutoCAD, when applicable; very rare.The most back-and-forth we do is with Hydraflow Storm Sewers and Civil 3D. There again we use XML with a handy Excel worksheet so we can round-trip the data as may times as needed without losing any design setup in Hydraflow. Civil 3D is much more flexible than LDT in this area.

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