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Australian construction industry welcomes openBIM Object Standardisation Template

buildingSMART Australasia is pleased to announce the release of a new openBIM tool to help with standardising of BIM objects based on ifcs.

Thanks to NATSPEC, BIM object standardisation is now achievable with the release of their BIM Object Properties Generator. This new tool supports the standardisation of BIM Objects across the Australian construction industry. It is an upgraded online version of the current NATSPEC BIM Object/Element Matrix and is more powerful and easier to use. The tool establishes the property sets for individual BIM objects ( elements). The range of properties include ifc, COBIE and a few others. The facility allows users to decide what categories of the property set they want for a particular BIM end-use. As such the tool provides a standardisation template for industry to work with consistently named properties. In addition NATSPEC offers different classification options.

buildingSMART Australasia Chair, David Mitchell praised NATSPEC for the work they have done, adding that it will greatly benefit the industry.

“The Properties Generator addresses the major issues concerning information exchange of BIM objects between disciplines and projects.”

“openBIM is all about the free exchange of standardised information and this new tool will go a long way towards making that a reality, as well as helping to increase productivity across the industry.”

A global approach has been used by including objects based on buildingSMART’s Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), and classification data for major systems such as NATSPEC, UniClass, Omniclass, Masterformat and Uniformat.

Properties can be selected from various sources such as IFC4, IFC 2×3, BIMForum LOD Specification, COBie and NATSPEC. These properties are also categorised by their data type, such as cost, manufacturer and geometric. This allows users greater flexibility in generating the properties that are relevant to them, and to filter these properties to their specific project or object library needs.

Selected properties can then be exported as a PDF or Excel file, from which various file formats can be generated to enable them to be imported into BIM authoring and BIM-ready software applications.

The Properties Generator is suitable for a variety of users including content creators, manufacturers, project teams, and client organisations.

It is anticipated that the Properties Generator will be further developed and enhanced in future releases, including the possibility of adding additional properties as desired by major clients. Refer to the ‘Future Releases’ section on the Properties Generator website for items that could be considered for future additions and upgrades.

For more information or to use the Properties Generator, visit