Bris BIM September 2019 Update

“Our purpose is to facilitate and bring together the built environment community within the greater Brisbane region, to share and exchange thoughts and knowledge in respect to technology innovation across the industry.”

By Phil Shanks

ACMA Secretary

I’m finally finding my feet as sponsorship manager on the committee of BrisBIM, It’s taken a number of events this year to get into the swing of things.

The last two events have had record numbers of attendees, it would appear that the interest in this event is rising and it needs to be said that the quality of presentation delivered is probably the highest I’ve seen at any BIM related event.

On the 19th of June, the theme of the event was Infrastructure, with the sponsor being 12D. I met with Dr Lee Gregory and Lincoln Smith from 12D weeks prior to the event to secure their sponsorship. Coming from a structural background myself, I don’t know a great deal about civil and how they document drawings and models. Lee explained much of this to me, and on the night as part of his lead in presentation, explained the differences between civil and structural documents as well as civil’s place in IFC format. I found this event thoroughly interesting and PDC’s presentation at the end, on the work they are doing for Cross River rail, seemed to me to be world class. Its great seeing a Steel Detailing company using their expertise to push the industry forward and capture the audience’s attention in such a way.

In April of this year the theme of the event was LOD (Level Of Detail), a contentious topic and once again, the attendance was at record highs. There are so many mixed feelings with regard to LOD and I am one to certainly get frustrated when I see LOD values written into project specifications with no detailed qualification on what they are to represent. So many BIM execution plans seem to be making reference to LOD and other construction related metrics, for what appears to be for the sake of it rather than really mapping out guidelines for the project team. Its little wonder that many in the AEC industry are rubbishing LOD, when in fact if qualified can be a very useful method of identification. I don’t believe LOD is going away, quite the contrary, I believe that the industry is simply struggling to utilise it effectively, and with speakers like Dr Marzia Bolpagni from Mace in the UK, who was live streamed in to the April BrisBIM event, we have a chance in Australia to see what they are doing in Europe with LOD.

The committee of BrisBIM come from all aspects of the AEC industry, they are committed, passionate and well connected. I hope to see you at the next event. Trust me, it’s well worth it. The events are at QUT bi-monthly, they are free to attend and they serve food, beer and wine!

Linkedin Articles of interest

  1. Steel Detailing and concrete forms
  2. Laser scanning
  1. Scanning and construction
  1. Steel Fabrication and Construction Network
  1. Multi story surveying

BIM in Government

Finally, the QLD State Government and the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning have developed a BIM implementation plan. Following on from consultation with Industry and BIM representative bodies such as BrisBIM, for feedback on a range of areas the plan was to cover, a document has been drafted and is in the public domain.

“All major government construction projects with an estimated capital cost of $50 million or more, which commence a detailed business case from 1 July 2019, will be required to use Building Information Modelling in accordance with the principles.”

It’s about time!

Added to this (and one of the benefits of attending BrisBIM events), one of the speakers at the June event was Brian McSweeny, the BIM Implementation Manager for TMR (Transport and Main Roads). Brian outlined the vision TMR have for implementing BIM in their organisation and was open about the complexity of introducing such drastic changes in large organisations.

As Steel Detailers it’s difficult for many of us to understand why it takes so long for organisations and government to keep up with progress because we were the early adopters of BIM, because the manufacturing sector of construction has been digitized for decades. It’s probably not such a bad thing that it’s taken so long, as much of the AEC industry is now practicing BIM and it’s likely no one in the industry who doesn’t know what an IFC file is these days! If government and the likes of TMR take up BIM now, they have a far better chance of getting it right and making their project requirements fit for purpose as the foundations for BIM in industry have already been set by the likes of Construction Modellers.