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Creating a Better Built Environment

International Council in Beijing passes resolutions

A meeting of the International buildingSMART council was held in Beijing, and passed several resolutions, including: 1. Future certifications of software should attain high levels of quality as proposed by the end-users and endorses the Certification strategy proposed by the leader of ISG following the Munich meeting in April 2014, with particular emphasis on Chapter participation in international compliance activities and support of an International framework for certification. 2. A Regulators Room be created. 3. The proposed Vision and Mission Statement be accepted subject to substitution of the words ‘Agile: relevant and responsive’ for ‘Relevant and ready’ under Values. 4. The proposed Strategic Direction for buildingSMART, Operating Vision and Membership Model be accepted, making buildingSMART International a membership organisation, and asks ExCom to implement them in consultation with affected parties, with particular reference to the financial arrangements between buildingSMART Chapters and

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buildingSMART Annual Report Released

As the CEO of buildingSMART International, Patrick MacLeamy states, in the introduction to the 2013 Annual Report, “2013 was a significant year for buildingSMART International.” “Our data model, IFC4, was accredited by ISO in the spring, giving further weight to a standard that is central to the use of open BIM. Accreditation will ensure that the buildingSMART standard reaches a wider market.” The opportunity to submit their software products for buildingSMART accreditation was taken up by 6 vendors, with accreditation granted to 14 products. Work on expanding IFC to cover infrastructure projects progressed with the development of an “infra room”. Partial funding was secured to develop a Model Coordination View for IFC4, and the Data Dictionary project moved forward. buildingSMART continues to grow, with two new Chapters launched in China and Hong Kong, and the organisation is undergoing significant changes in order to meet

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The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) $1.85 billion Public Private Partnership South Australia Integrated into Adelaide’s North Terrace boulevard in the heart of South Australia’s new Health and Biomedical Precinct, the $1.85billion new Royal Adelaide Hospital will deliver world class health care in a modern, safe and sustainable environment. Currently under construction, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in South Australia. Driving best practice through design, innovation and technology, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will become a centre of excellence creating a benchmark in future healthcare delivery. The joint venture Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors (HYLC) has embraced a complex and fully integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) execution strategy. Since project commencement in 2011, more than 50 sub contractors and consultants have adopted the strategy to manage, coordinate, analyse and store project

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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: