Creating a Better Built Environment

LandInfra: Proposed OGC Standard for Land & Civil Infrastructure

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international standards body like buildingSMART, only for the spatial industry, has recently released the first draft version of a new proposed standard referred to as LandInfra. The draft is out for public review, but the due date for responses is coming up fast on 2 March 2016. The stated goal of the standard is, “to establish and document a common set of concepts that spans land and civil engineering infrastructure applications. It does not attempt to redefine application-specific concepts, but merely presents a common set of concepts from and to which the application concepts can be understood and mapped. This includes information relevant to those concepts as well as relationships that exist between the concepts.” A core concept that is defined in LandInfra is the alignment geometry of linear infrastructure. Significantly, this was developed

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Proposed New Standard for BIM Containers for Infrastructure

This is an important initiative that offers a standardised way of packaging up a miscellaneous set of documents and information files into a self-describing BIM container for transmittal as part of a business process in the construction process. It is based on the existing Dutch standard known as COINS, and is now being proposed as a New Work Item for ISO TC 59 / SC 13 / WG 8, aimed at developing in a new ISO standard. The BIM container can accommodate information in several different forms, including BIM (IFC), GIS (GML), CAD formats, spreadsheets, text documents and image files. It uses an object tree structure, with links to an object library, making use of a standard OWL ontology to define the semantics of the data. The base semantic structure is relatively simple, but can be extended to support specific

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International buildingSMART Infrastructure Standards

After much planning over the last couple of years, and with industry funding coming mainly from Europe and more recently, an offer of support from China, buildingSMART has now begun work on a number of standards development projects in the infrastructure domain. During 2015, the focus was on developing a standard for representing the geometric alignment of linear infrastructure entities such as roads, railways, bridges and tunnels. That project was undertaken in collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to ensure consistency across the spatial and construction sectors. Two follow-on projects have now commenced: one known as Alignment 1.1 to address a few identified gaps in the first schema; and the second, known as Alignment Deployment, will engage participants from across all jurisdictions to undertake some controlled implementation case studies to confirm that the standard works appropriately within that jurisdiction.

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ROI on BIM: Where is the Evidence and Will it be Kept Secret?

  Quantifying BIM For projects, the missing piece to this puzzle has always been that you cannot build the same project twice in order to quantify what the savings would be in direct comparison to having it built traditionally. Technology vendors say that BIM tools are the enabler to improved production of a project through a return to best practice project management. They are tools for companies to create efficiencies within their workflows and business operations. They allow project teams to economise and leverage their resources through upskilling and have more immediate access to information in a way that has never been possible before on a project. By way of example, the Dutch company, Vabi, has just released the Vabi Financial Simulator™ which is a plugin for Autodesk Revit®. It has been specifically designed to bring together and display financial

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Model Setup

        Collaboration Model Setup A group of international users want to define a standardised way for setting up a multi-disciplinary project model using IFC format data. Often a collaborative model project has work commenced without definition of shared model setup The result is that when commencing design coordination, clash detection etc the discipline models are not in the same location and/or have different storey names & settings To summarise, we want to define a standardised way for setting the origin of a project model that: has a proper geographic/map reference ensures model coordinates are accurate provides a consistent method to set up sharing is implemented by all BIM Vendors   Cadastre and Site New Survey tools such as Listech Neo are developing IFC support that allows direct integration of traditional survey data. BIM users should be able to

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BIMForum LOD Specification 2015 Draft now available for Public Comment

    Article is as published on the buildingSMART International website on August 17, 2015 – Available here   Washington, DC, July 13, 2015 —  The BIMForum today announced the 2015 draft of the Level of Development (LOD) Specification for Building Information Models, which will be available for public comment through August 31, 2015. Anyone may download the draft specification for free at http://bimforum.org/lod and comments may be submitted via email to communications@bimforum.org. BIMForum is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) in the AEC industry. Co-sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), BIMForum seeks to lead by example and synchronize with counterparts in all sectors of the industry to jointly develop best practice for virtual design and construction. The LOD Specification

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BIM & ASSET MANAGEMENT: 2015 Seminar Series wrap up

That’s a wrap!     BRIDGING THE GAP WITH 3D BIM TECHNOLOGY FEATURING SYDNEY HARBOUR FORESHORE AUTHORITY WAYNE SAHLMAN, SENIOR FACILITIES SUPERVISOR   buildingSMART Australasia together with ZUUSE and PDC would like to take a moment to thank you for your support of the 2015 Seminar Series: BIM in Asset Management. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I am sure you agree that the Pyrmont Bridge project is a fantastic reflection on true BIM and innovation in asset management. We all know that BIM is fast becoming the Holy Grail in facilities and asset management. But how is BIM being applied in the real world today? Is it working? What results are being achieved? This Seminar Series addressed these questions and more with a case study presentation from the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) on the century old heritage-listed Pyrmont

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Using OpenBIM for 5D: Working Collaboratively is a Catalyst for Software Changes

  The $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital (SCPUH) project is a State Government initiative to address the growing health service needs of the Sunshine Coast community. The public hospital will open with approximately 450 beds in 2016, growing to a 738 bed facility by 2021. At construction peak it is expected to have created 1800 jobs created across all facets of the building and construction industry.   Out of a project of this magnitude, opportunity to innovate and instigate process improvements can resonate quickly within project teams and when taken a step further can have a significant impact not just industry wide but globally. The project, like others of its scale and nature, contracts with more than one design team and often consultants to the project are required to be across the range of 3D authoring tools. Part

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Procuring PTI & BIM: Can the Latest Aussie Guide Gain Ground for the Australian Construction Industry?

The release of ACIF and APCC’s document ‘A Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration & BIM’ in early December last year gave us a solid background of the BIM landscape in Australia and New Zealand, pointing out the problems and challenges within industry, ie. government agenda versus supplier agenda. However what it lacked were solutions for whole of industry to progress BIM take up and a meaningful commitment to change the way we work on a large scale in Australia. On the 26th June 2015, the ACIF and APCC jointly released their most recent companion document to the Framework, entitled “Building and Construction Procurement Guide: Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling (BIM)”. The aim of the guide is to assist industry stakeholders in their adoption and implementation of PTI and BIM through comprehensive instructions and guiding principles

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