Creating a Better Built Environment

A Raking Column Safety Toolbox with 4D models

567 Collins Street project is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD and an installation of 8 large raking columns alongside Collins St was seen as a high risk activity. The contractor and Nexus Point Solutions (NPS) took the initiative to create a dedicated 3D model and further developed a 4D simulation video, to help with construction planning and communication with the workforce. This safety initiative was nominated in the Leighton Group Excellence Award and became one of the four finalists for the Safety Category. OHS Coordinator Daniel Neesham-Smith: “The 3D model enabled the 567 safety team to present all the hazards associated with the erection of raking columns in a new and interactive way. Modelling the task assisted all working personnel to recognise, and appreciate, the hazards applicable to their specific works. Furthermore, the model generated great discussions from

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What’s in BIM for Me?

David Mitchell, Partner and 5D Quantity Surveyor, Mitchell Brandtman, reflects on the value of BIM… Australia is an interesting place. We are highly competitive, we love to hear the score and we constantly compare ourselves and our places to the rest of the world. BIM is now emerging as the catalyst for change in the way we build worldwide. The recent 2014 McGraw Hill Smart Market report on the value of BIM found US contractors to be far more advanced in BIM implementation than all other regions surveyed. However, when reporting a positive Return on Investment (ROI), the US trails Japan, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil and Australia and New Zealand. When we look to the UK, the Government mandate for 2016 is crafted in a way that pulls contractors towards BIM and pushes the industry to deliver the expertise via a

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C’mon C’mon Let’s Work Together… Educating for a Collaborative Future *

Jennifer Macdonald reflects on the difficulties facing AEC academics in implementing collaborative BIM courses… “Together we’ll stand Divided we’ll fall Come on now people Let’s get on the ball And work together Come on, come on Let’s work together…” A striking feature of most of the government/client mandates for BIM around the world has been the requirement for Collaborative BIM. In the UK, the requirement is for “fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016” (equivalent to Maturity Level 2 on the ubiquitous “Bew-Richards diagram”). The National BIM Initiative in Australia (yet to get Federal approval but we can hope!) recommends a similar mandate to the UK’s. The US, preferring to use alternative jargon, has stated that “improved job-site efficiency” will be achieved by “more effective interfacing of

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What Skills does a 5D QS need?

David Mitchell, Partner and 5D Quantity Surveyor at Mitchell Brandtman, presented at the inaugural 2013 BIM Day Out event in Perth on “5D’s of Digital Design, Documentation and Delivery”. David covers the skills that a 5DQS needs not only to create cost certainty but also to help deliver a successful project, in this video: