Creating a Better Built Environment

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,

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Collaboration on spatial/BIM White Paper – SIBA

      buildingSMART Australasia is currently in collaboration with SIBA – The Spatial Industry Business Association – to prepare a White Paper for the Commonwealth Department of Communication. The key focus of this White Paper is on a data policy for the integration of spatial and construction information modelling technologies. This will lay the groundwork for digital prototyping of the built environment at a scale that encompasses buildings, civil infrastructure and urban space into one model, with links to urban contextual data using existing spatial technologies. The ideals reflected in this White Paper is in line with international initiatives and, if supported by Government, will could position the Australian construction industry at the forefront of developments in that area! The Paper is due for release in mid-July and we will be available through the buildingSMART Australasia Web site. Subscribe to our

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OpenBIM in Action: 480 Hay Street, Perth

This VDC documentary was produced in collaboration with GRAPHISOFT and BPi. The article is as published on February 11, 2015 by GRAPHISOFT® with permissions from LCi and BPi. Special mention to the videographer, Alex Chomicz, and the Musical composer, Gavri.   BPi has revolutionised lean construction using a true Open BIM workflow and best of breed software in their newest development – 480 Hay Street, Perth. The development, a $500 million multi-storey office tower combined with the new 360 room 5 star Westin hotel, is being built in the middle of the Perth CBD and is a flagship project for Open BIM in Australia.     “For the past 50 years, the Australian construction industry has become less and less productive despite the technologies that are out there. We have seen the implementation of BIM in Scandinavia see a 1% productivity waste versus Australia at 29% waste,” 

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BIM and Prefabrication: The new revolution

  This following article has been written by John Mitchell, Chairman of buildingSMART Australasia for contribution to Build Australia Magazine – April Edition.buildingSMART Australasia will be regularly featuring in Build Australia Magazine. The current edition can be viewed here!   For many years now prefabrication has been seen as integral to greater efficiency in building construction. Earlier manual 2D CAD systems relied on a product of specified fixed characteristics, mass produced to reduce unit cost; however, this approach never satisfied design flexibility or innovation of product and led, in its worse outcomes of the post-war housing boom, to using concrete panels of small range and adaptability. An ugly truth. Meanwhile, in advanced manufacturing sectors such as automotive and aerospace, techniques for mass production and robotic procedures have had a revolutionary impact, and now, with the advent of BIM, that revolution

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Christchurch being rebuilt in 3D: just add elbow grease

  The following article from is as published by Jamie Morton on April 14th, 2015 in the New Zealand Herald . @Jamienzherald Jamie Morton is science reporter at the NZ Herald.   Some of the biggest buildings of the new-look Christchurch are being put together virtual piece by virtual piece, thanks to remarkable 3D technology. More than a decade after Building Information Modelling (BIM) made its debut in the construction industry, the concept has been pushed to the point where many of the centrepieces in the rebuilding of Christchurch are being assembled in detail on a computer well before workers set foot on the site. It comes as the Government starts a BIM acceleration committee, as part of a productivity partnership with the goal of 20 per cent more efficiency in the construction industry by 2020. BIM expert Jason Howden, who

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Spotlight on buildingSMART: Driving an open approach to design and construction evolution

The following article from Akio Moriwaki is as published on April 9th, 2015 via an AECCafe blog. The content is based on an interview with Richard Petrie, CEO of buildingSMART International When Richard Petrie joined buildingSMART as chief executive officer in 2013, he took on the goal of driving the standards-writing organization’s growth — in order to drive change across the entire architecture, engineering and construction industry. Having worked in construction as both contractor and client, Petrie has seen firsthand the frustrations of a slow-to-evolve architecture, engineering and construction industry. From within buildingSMART — a not-for-profit organization that has been working to standardize the language and processes of BIM users since 1995 — Petrie has observed an increasing emphasis from several European governments on improving construction efficiency. “All of those governments have very serious social needs that they have to

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Launch of Digital Built Britain, the UK Level 3 Building Information Modelling program.

On 26/2/2015, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable at a site visit in London announced the launch of Digital Built Britain, the UK Level 3 Building Information Modelling program.   The works will build a digital economy for the  construction industry in support of dramatically improving delivery, operations and services provided to citizens.   The programme will build on the standards and savings delivered by the BIM level 2 initiative which has been central to the £840M savings achieved on central public spend in 2013/14.   For more information please visit   Download and review the Digital Built Britain Level 3 Building Information Modelling Strategic Plan

buildingSMART International “Culture Change Will Improve Collaboration”

The following interview report with Patrick MacLeamy, Founder and Chair of buildingSMART International, has been conducted by Damien Carr from Building4Change, as published on 9/2/2015 The road to Level 2 BIM BuildingSMART International founder and chair Patrick MacLeamy says a culture change will improve collaboration and calls on other countries to follow the UK government’s lead As the one year mark approaches for the government’s March 2016 deadline for Level 2 BIM compliance on all public construction projects, many designers and contractors will be preparing for what has been widely billed as a watershed moment for the industry. An overstatement perhaps, but the 2016 deadline is certainly a major milestone in the UK’s most recent drive towards a more efficient construction industry, begun in 1998 with the publication of Rethinking Construction or the Egan Report, as it is more widely known.

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BIM Builder: Should Contractors take on More Risk for Greater Returns?

Build Only Contracts continue to be the construction industry’s biggest deterrent to delivery of better and leaner buildings with greater certainty. Owners expect that construction will cost more and take longer than promised because of design discrepancies and latent conditions. If this is true, then there is an opportunity for builders to offer a higher price for a Warranted Lump Sum as an alternative to a hard dollar build only contract. For builders this is a huge leap because they sit in a highly price competitive market and experience says – build only contracts are always decided on price. Tradition dictates that resolution of design inconsistencies is not a reasonable risk for a builder to carry without novation of the designers, but the establishment of BIM as a robust virtual design and construction (VDC) process means under-pricing of risk should

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Looking back on 2014, moving forward to 2015

2014 Summary Review With 2014 fast approaching its end, buildingSMART’s Board held its Annual General Meeting for the year on Thursday 11th December, reflecting on the achievements of 2014 and considering the key focus areas for 2015. The 2014 Year in Review (which can be viewed here) outlines in full buildingSMART’s achievements from the past year. A key highlight for buildingSMART this year, and indeed the industry, includes the milestone launch of A Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling and the collaboration between NBI, APCC, ACIF and the Government to achieve this. ACIF and APCC together in the Framework stated “the powerful combination of PTI and BIM can significantly reshape the way project teams work together to increase productivity and improve outcomes for all project participants”, and whilst there has not yet been a

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