GS1 Australia and buildingSMART Australasia sign MoU:

GS1 Australia and buildingSMART Australasia sign MoU:

BuildingSMART Australasia and GS1 Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of advancing global standards within the construction industry.

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The BIM-based consenting revolution is coming:

The BIM-based consenting revolution is coming:

The ACABIM system, developed by Compliance Audit Systems (CAS), is set to revolutionise building design compliance auditing. ACABIM enables human-guided, automated compliance auditing of building information models against legal documents such as the Building Code and Standards. Proof of concept has been delivered in a project with Christchurch City Council and official release of ACABIM is set for 2019.

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Designing a health facility somewhere in Australasia?

Designing a health facility somewhere in Australasia?

The health facility guidelines have everything you need to get started including Revit model standard components. 

The BIM process can be utilised from the briefing of a project through to handover and operation.  An excellent example of briefing BIM is the Australian Health Facility Guidelines (AusHFG) https://healthfacilityguidelines.com.au.

The Australasian Health Facilities Guidelines are a vital starting point for design based on research, clinical and consumer input and other evidence.  The resources include PDF's and Revit models https://healthfacilityguidelines.com.au/standard-components)  for standard components, from bedrooms to different types of treatments suites within health facilities.  These are informed by a range of research, evidence and experience.  It also includes extensive reference material for relevant Australasian jurisdiction's requirements in one place too.  It has the added advantage of agreed naming conventions (and contents) for rooms, furniture, fittings and equipment.

New Zealand Asset Metadata Standards are now available online:

New Zealand Asset Metadata Standards are now available online:

Of particular interest to BIM users is the Residential Housing and Light Commercial Buildings Metadata standard which provides information for dealing with any public asset owner. The document outlines the requirements for the submission of all digital data that relates to newly constructed residential and light commercial buildings in New Zealand. The standard aims to facilitate the sharing of asset information enabling interoperability, consistency and confidence to make evidence-based decisions.

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The EU have released their own BIM handbook for the introduction of BIM by the European Public Sector:

The EU have released their own BIM handbook for the introduction of BIM by the European Public Sector:

Similar to other sectors, construction is now seeing its own 'digital revolution'.  BIM is now being adopted rapidly by different parts of the value chain as a strategic tool to deliver cost savings, productivity and operational efficiencies, improved infrastructure quality and better environmental performance. 

Europe has developed a common approach for using BIM by the public sector, for both public procurement and policy makers.  The handbook makes the case for both the common approach and public sector leadership, and it recommends an approach to achieve both.

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Adopting Building Information Management Strategy - A presentation by the New Zealand Transport Agency:

Adopting Building Information Management Strategy - A presentation by the New Zealand Transport Agency:

The NZ Transport Agency, in partnership with the Road Efficiency Group is considering how and when to adopt building information management (BIM) for managing parts or all of the New Zealand road network, from the design and build through to maintenance, renewal and disposal.

This presentation sets out the why, what and how they are going to make these changes within the NZ Transport Agency and with their key partners across its supply chain.

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Tools alone won't change our culture

Tools alone won't change our culture

An excellent article on change in culture required to enable the full potential of BIM. Published 8 Jan 2017 by Gary Sullivan:

"If BIM is to work we need better education, new contractual models to encourage collaboration and the leadership to develop teamwork", says Gary Sullivan OBE, chairman of logistics contractor Wilson James.

In the early 1990s I was introduced to a chap called Barry Ramsey, a Kiwi. Barry was working with Stanhope and others to produce a 3D modelling tool. 25 years Later we have BIM and while today’s technology is perhaps a little faster, they look pretty similar.

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Working to assist in the adoption and understanding of BIM:

Working to assist in the adoption and understanding of BIM:

BIM has the potential to create a digital world with a common language between designers and manufacturers, scientists and engineers. A world with the power to federate a single model, a single hymn sheet, on which each specialism can input their expertise; to create an output that is not only the best that it can be, but it can reach this point far more efficiently than the traditional design process.

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Case Study - Supercomputer Hall, Devon UK

Case Study - Supercomputer Hall, Devon UK

UK based case study on BIM delivery for complex project, by Stephen Cousins. Published 1 Dec 2016:

"We were able to identify clashes before reaching site and turn clash detection reports around faster than normal. BIM Collab is interoperable, with a plug-in for Revit, Tekla and most other software platforms on market, making it possible to collaborate easily using IFC files." - Tom Gould, Stride Treglown.

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BIM Presentation - Opportunities and challenges when implementing new methods of working on construction projects:

BIM Presentation - Opportunities and challenges when implementing new methods of working on construction projects:

An excellent presentation at the recent TEMC Conference 2016 - by Andrew Field, Senior Associate at RCP and Satish Dahya, Associate Director Victoria University of Wellington. 

Focuses on the Gateway Building project at Victoria Unversity of Wellington. A complex purpose built 12,500m2 Biological Sciences Building. The project is currently 2 years into the 3 year construction programme with the focus shifting to the operational requirements for the University.

Project team included: Architect - Warren & Mahoney with Jackson Architecture. Project Manager - RCP. Building Services - Beca. Structure - Dunning Thornton. Fire - Holmes Fire. Main Contractor - Fletcher Construction

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Working with BIM - An article by Architecture Now

Working with BIM - An article by Architecture Now

Not since the industrial revolution have the construction and manufacturing industries faced the kind of widespread change that BIM heralds. How is it that one small acronym wields so much power?

Architecture New Zealand asked BIM experts from across the industry to discuss their experiences. The result is this excellent article published May 2016 by 'Architecture Now'.

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Denver’s Airport expansion primes a push toward BIM for Facility Management

Denver’s Airport expansion primes a push toward BIM for Facility Management

An interesting case study published by Informed Infrastructure Nov 2013.

The building information modeling (BIM) process employed for the design and construction of the Hotel and Transit Center Program at the Denver International Airport (DIA) is a unique and forward thinking effort that kicks off an even more ambitious airport-wide BIM conversion that will greatly improve ongoing facility management and maintenance.....

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