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buildingSMART AGM

December 11, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

buildingSMART invites all members to attend its AGM via teleconference.

11th December, 3pm (AEST).

Information was recently sent out to members via email regarding teleconference.

John Mitchell Chairman, buildingSMART Australasia Chapter has prepared the following ‘2014 Year in Review’ report for your information. This document can be downloaded here .


buildingSMART – 2014 Year in review

Productivity in the Construction Sector
BIM in 2014 has been of incremental changes; expanding awareness of what BIM is and its potential benefits, and increases in uptake of BIM technologies and processes.
The year has seen several significant developments despite as yet no formal adoption of a national approach to the adoption of BIM. However the work of APCC & ACIF, complemented by the visit by Mark Bew representing the UK Government BIM program has spurred National and State Government actions to incorporate BIM. Our Government Engagement initiative has been informing senior Commonwealth ministers (Industry, Finance & Communications) about the commercial, productivity and efficiency gains through the adoption of BIM.


Visit by Mark Bew, Chairman UK BIM Taskforce
buildingSMART Australasia, with key sponsorship from Aurecon, were successful in bringing Mark representing the UK Cabinet Office to Australia, with a hectic series of meetings with Government agencies & Industry groups in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney & Brisbane. (event info here)
Mark addressed two Government functions, one hosted in Canberra by the Department of Defence, and the other hosted by the NSW Government Architect in Sydney. His message was that the UK is seeing a steady increase in the adoption of level 2 BIM across government procurement as they move toward the 100% adoption target in 2016, paralleled by a significant fall (10-20%) in delivery costs. He explained the strategy as a combination of “pull” from Government (being “good at buying data” as the lever) and “push” from the supply chain through funded initiatives around developing contracts, training, technology and legal issues.


NBI and APCC/ACIF Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling
On the local front, the Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) with the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has been forging ahead with a series of BIM-related initiatives, including supporting the development of an industry BIM education framework.
The key deliverable, to be launched officially in Canberra by Bob Baldwin MP, on the 2nd December, is a Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling to guide government procurers and their industry suppliers when adopting collaborative working practices using BIM. “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. Utilised together, PTI and BIM are capable of driving the most transformative change the building and construction industry has ever experienced.”
NATSPEC have been a major contributor with their BIM guidelines and related work and a new BIM Portal bringing together important Australasian and international BIM references. A major recommendation of the report is the endorsement of NATSPEC as the steward of a National Object Library in partnership with CIL in New Zealand. Immediate actions are to collaborate with the International Construction Information Society (ICIS) on a global survey of Object Library systems, and the NBS in the UK.


Digital Built Environment Conference, September 15-16 Sydney.
buildingSMART collaborated with VANZI and SIBA to host a discussion on the integration of BIM and GIS technologies. The Hon Paul Fletcher, Member for Bradfield and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, opened the conference. His speech highlighted the value of open (and integrated) data: “The more data is opened, the more it can be used, reused, repurposed and built on – in combination with other data – for everyone’s benefit. As our economy and society become more knowledge-based, data are core assets, creating value in their own right and driving social and economic innovation, growth and development.”

Mark Bew presented a keynote address at the buildingSMART + VANZI conference to pass on lessons learned from the UK government’s BIM adoption journey. See here for Mark’s and Henk Schaap’s presentations.
“Big Data” is a very trendy tech term at the moment, but the industry is yet to scratch the surface of what Big Data could do for the planning of our future cities and infrastructure. Mark Bew also briefly introduced the UK level 3 preparations with a similar focus on fully integrated BIM and exploiting “big data”. A concerted effort will be required to overcome all the technical and cultural barriers that exist to the integration of, and access to, data, and Government as a key owner of much spatial and GIS data has a fundamental role.


NBI Work Groups BIM Stream
Three of the NBI’s highest priority Working Groups – Procurement & IPD, BIM Guidelines and Object Libraries met over the year. Presentations at the Digital Built Environment Conference BIM stream described the progress unfortunately not wholly with positive results.
The lack of continuous resources and uncertain Government position on BIM continues to restrain strong progress. The Object Libraries group have worked with the international data dictionary pilot and a strong NZ contribution has demonstrated a web based access to structured object properties, while the QUT work showed a strong accessible library system.


buildingSMART International
The Chairman attended the bsI Council Meeting hosted by the newly formed buildingSMART China Chapter in Beijing, in May. Some key points:

  • China held an Industry BIM Conference, where Rodd Perey of Architectus was a speaker,
  • A new Strategic Advisory Council has been created, comprising the key international BIM vendors, HOK, and seeking global contractors and product manufacturers to contribute substantial sustaining funds.
  • A new membership type International has been created to attract large global companies seeking bigger funding and prioritised technical outcomes
  • Sponsored by Korea and Norway a new user group Room has been created for Regulators (complementing the Product and Infrastructure rooms)
  • IFC 4 certification is underway, and local certification will be undertaken in Korea and Japan using toolkits and methodology developed by the ISG.

Since then bsI has initiated a complete redevelopment of the International website (complementing our own update).


Toronto International Technical Meeting, October 2014

Jim Plume and Neil Greenstreet attended both the bSI and ISO meeting in the week 27 Oct to 1 Nov 2014. A few selected highlights include:

  • BuildingSMART International has almost completed a re-structuring process to put it onto a more business footing, with Richard Petrie now employed as CEO on a full-time basis and a modest office staff (due largely to four major Advisory Group members);
  • A new project management process was introduced and discussed, with plans for formal adoption at the next Council Meeting in early 2015, recognising the need to streamline procedures for the development of standards and software tools while maintaining rigorous oversight;
  • There are now a series of professional software tools available that complement the standards and support robust and efficient implementation processes, including the development of model view definitions, documentation of schemas and on-going improvements to the data dictionary;
  • The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) was formally adopted as a buildingSMART standard, along with an associated software tool to support BIM-it, a BIM equivalent to a post-it note that carries a message that can include a model extract to support collaboration processes.


Government Engagement with BIM
2014 saw the publication of the Productivity Commission on Infrastructure Report, which contained many positive recommendations but stopped short of a full mandate. Many industry representatives felt that the Report didn’t go far enough. It suggests that BIM should be used for “complex” or “large” projects. The Crossrail project in London is one that has been employing BIM tools and techniques successfully.
We note strengthening activities by State governments: In NSW, Transport for NSW has engaged a UK consultant to develop a BIM strategy; Health Infrastructure has developed BIM guidelines for their projects, other agencies including the GAO, Procurement, SHFA have initiated BIM activities.
South Australia has set up a BIM working group to develop a 5 year plan and engage with the UK Government. The WA Government have been trialling BIM on small and large projects and actively working in this area. Queensland has set up a QConstruct group aiming to bring productivity and innovation to the Queensland construction industry. In Victoria there are similar activities led by Department of Treasury & Finance and Department of Education.
In NZ the Productivity Partnership, and BIM resources being developed by CIL are guiding the adoption of BIM.

“It is imperative that we continue our effort, with increasing involvement of the Australian Commonwealth, to drive a National approach to BIM adoption—not multiple variants of differing scopes—but a common framework that the Australasian economies can use, and be competitive with international practice.
The basis of a productivity boost and a source of innovation.”

With endorsement from the APCC and ACIF, we can expect to see our efforts accelerate the adoption of BIM in Australasia, but full support from the States and Commonwealth would provide the biggest boost.

If you have an idea, know of a visiting wizard or have a need for better information about a certain topic contact any of the board members.

We depend on your membership and support of our activities – please keep up the good work
I extend my thanks to the current board who have contributed to a remarkable team effort this year.

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John Mitchell
Chairman, buildingSMART Australasia Chapter







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