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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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buildingSMART leads the way for a smarter, safer, more sustainable industry

buildingSMART was very proud to be a part of the official launch of the new, national response resource that will see the adoption of a new Project Team Integration (PTI) and BIM framework across the Australian building and construction industry, a first for the nation.   Launched by the Hon. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, at a breakfast in Canberra, the resource – A Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling – identifies the key elements, underpinned by objectives and actions, that will see a collaborative ‘whole of industry’ approach to both encourage and support an increased adoption of PTI and BIM. As a key stakeholder on the Strategic Forum for the Australasian Building and Construction Industry (which was responsible for delivering this important guide), John Mitchell, Chairman buildingSMART represented buildingSMART as we

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buildingSMART/VANZI Conference Discount Registrations End Soon!

Our Annual Conference is coming up in Sydney in mid-September and the early registration discounts announced previously close at the end of this week. To take advantage of the member discount rate of $875+GST (or the early non-member discount rate), you need to register this week through the conference site Note that the three active buildingSMART Working Groups, (addressing IPD, BIM guidelines and Object Libraries), will be reporting their progress at the Conference. This is a key opportunity to hear up-to-date progress on the National BIM Initiative,  and to participate in an open forum on BIM adoption in Australia. It is not too late to join buildingSMART to get the discounted rate, or if you are renewing and not yet finalised the payment, please let us know (via our membership enquiry page) so that you receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you at

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Mark Bew Confirmed as Keynote Speaker, Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that Mark Bew, Chair of the UK Government BIM Working Group, will be an International Keynote Speaker at the buildingSMART + VANZI joint international conference.  Aurecon is co-sponsoring Mark’s visit to Australia. Mark is the Managing Director of Engineering Construction Strategies, Chairman of the UK Government BIM Task Group and BuildingSMART (UK). He is tasked with the delivery of Building Information Modelling and Soft Landings into the UK Public Sector by 2016. The programme was awarded the International Fiatech award for outstanding leadership and innovation of a programme recognised as world leading. Mark is a Chartered Engineer with strong technical and commercial skills and a BSc in Computer Science. He is currently researching the use of BIM to improve the social outcomes of the built environment for a PhD. Mark was previously Business Systems Director at both Scott

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International Strategic Advisory Council formed to secure better interoperability in the built environment

buildingSMART International is pleased to announce that Autodesk, HOK, Nemetschek and Trimble have joined buildingSMART International’s start up Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) to foster better interoperability between stakeholders in the built environment industries.  SAC members will advise buildingSMART on standards and compliance programs, positioning in the industry, gaining engagement for standards development and deployment, and on the international chapter strategy. Richard Petrie, Chief Executive of buildingSMART, said: “So far buildingSMART has been a volunteer organization with limited resources to develop and promote the critical requirements for interoperability. With the help of the SAC, we will have direct involvement from leading strategic users ensuring that the organization is well focused with the additional resources needed to drive our programs forward.” Open international standards for BIM offer significant benefits for all built environment clients and industry participants. These open standards enable participants

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Henk Schaap announced as Keynote Speaker, Annual Conference

The final program for the joint buildingSMART + VANZI conference is being finalised.  It will be held at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney, from the 15-16 September, 2014. Henk Schaap, Director of GOBAR Advisors, Netherlands, will deliver the Keynote Address. Henk graduated in 1978 in mechanical engineering.  He started his career at a consultancy office in naval shipbuilding. After working a few years  as a design specialist he became head of IT. In that role he was responsible for the development and deployment of automated systems for configuration management, production information, information exchange, CAD and ship design. In the period from 1987 to 1996 Henk Schaap was leading a software company specialised in applications for design, engineering in information management for construction, process industry, maritime and aviation industries. In 1996, he set up the consultancy company “GOBAR Adviseurs”. The company

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buildingSMART International seeks to Broaden Engagement

Strategic changes to invite participation and enhance buildingSMART programmes A strategy to open BuildingSMART International (bSI) – the parent organisation of the buildingSMART network – to wider direct participation and encourage the industry to engage with its programmes is being implemented. Under the new strategy, bSI will become a broad-based membership organisation, allowing new international members to participate directly at the centre, while benefiting from bSI’s global network. This extends the existing system whereby members have participated only at chapter level. Now asset owners, regulators, operators and AEC companies – together with building information modelling (BIM) software vendors and product manufacturers – can join buildingSMART activities at international (bSI) level as well. Key to strengthening the buildingSMART standards is a wider membership base and full participation in the development of our standards through a new Standards Committee. The number of

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ICIS Appoints New Board Members

Our friends at the International Construction Information Society have elected new Officers. They are: President Christopher Bushnell, Secretary Barbora Pospisilova, and Treasurer Rolf Huber Christopher Bushnell is the President and CEO for ARCOM, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. ARCOM publishes the MasterSpec and SpecText specification systems, Masterworks and Altarix productivity software, and specification resources for use by architects and engineers in North America. Barbora Pospisilova is Project Coordinator for URS PRAHA, a.s., which is based in Prague, Czech Republic. URS PRAHA provides a database of construction prices, specification systems, KROS software and other necessary services for cost estimation within the construction sector in the Czech Republic. Rolf Huber is the CEO for Construction Information Ltd. (CIL), which is based in Auckland, New Zealand. CIL publishes the Masterspec specification system, Miproducts national product catalogue and NextGen software

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