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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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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