BIM News and articles from around the globe



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.


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.

Download the attached brochure to learn more about this tool.


Is BIM Use Maturing? NZ BIM Survey 2017 Results Released:

EBOSS and the BIM Acceleration Committee are pleased to announce the findings from the fourth survey of our five-year programme that follows the progress of the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into New Zealand.

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Construction sector hampered by lack of basic technology skills: 

An excellent article from on a new survey indicating that many New Zealand construction firms are struggling with even the uptake of basic digital technology, at a time when construction is booming. 

New Zealand Asset Metadata Standards are now available online:

The metadata standards for assets provide asset managers, and their suppliers, with a specification for asset data that supports data creation, collection, storage and analytical capabilities to make evidenced-based investment decisions. This applies to both capital and operating environments.

 Of a particular interest to BIM users may be the Residential Housing and Light Commercial Buildings (Vol. 1 and 2) Metadata standard. The main objective of this standard specification is to provide information for dealing with any public asset owner. The document outlines specific requirements for the submission of all digital data that relates to any 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.


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.

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.

The BIM Acceleration Committee three year report is now published:

It's been three years since the BIM Acceleration Committee got started and in that time there have been some big changes in how much the New Zealand construction sector is using BIM.  This report describes how industry, BRANZ, tertiary education and government have worked together for better building process.

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)

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  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 Metadata standards review:

For those interested in reviewing the New Zealand Metadata draft documents further (and/or attending the workshops), they will be made available via a simple and free registration process.

The BIM Revolution Comes to Building Materials:

Designers and contractors are getting in on BIM and the benefits it can deliver - but building materials not so much.  As the construction industry starts to reorganize around BIM, the time is now for building materials companies to act, see what the Boston Consulting Group think is required....


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.


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.

BIM New Zealand Handbook - Second Edition

Building Information Modelling (BIM) adds value to the whole life of a built asset, from inception to operation. It allows the latest digital technologies to be applied at every step.

This second edition of the New Zealand BIM Handbook expands on the successful first release in 2014 to help unlock BIM’s benefits for our building and construction sector.  It follows the normal progression of a project, covering: project establishment/briefing, design, procurement, construction, handover, operation.

Based on direct industry feedback and global developments, the new edition provides greater detail on how to use BIM on a project.  There’s more information on the construction and handover phases of a project.  Updated appendices provide templates and examples of BIM planning documents and more detail on specific aspects of the BIM workflow, including model coordination.

Funded by the BRANZ Building Research Levy, The New Zealand BIM Handbook has been produced by the BIM Acceleration Committee – an alliance of industry and government – to increase the use of BIM in New Zealand. It is supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

EBOSS BIM in New Zealand Survey - 2016 edition now available: 

The BIM survey reports provide baseline information on the use of BIM across the New Zealand construction industry. Produced in partnership with EBOSS, these surveys are in a five year series that will chart the progress of accelerating the introduction of BIM in New Zealand.

The third survey in this series of five has just been completed, taking another snapshot of the state of BIM uptake across the New Zealand Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry. Matthew Duder from EBOSS recently presented the findings of this year's survey, taken across a broad spectrum of the NZ industry, including designers, construction companies, and facility owners and managers.

Download Matthews presentation giving key insights into the findings of the 2016 survey.


BIM Level 2 is now widely embedded in UK construction… but was it worth it?

An article by Dr Stephen Hamil, NBS. Published 16 Nov 2016:

"Worldwide, the construction industry is looking to what we have done. Many countries are only just now starting out on the journey that we started six or seven years ago. It’s not perfect, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it." - Stephen Hamil.

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.

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

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'.

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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