BIM-MEPAUS was conceived by the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) in 2010, after a group of AMCA members – quite remarkably – had the early foresight to realise the benefits to the Australian construction industry, by establishing a standard practice for Building information Modelling (BIM), catered to building services (MEP).
A select team of AMCA members produced a white paper which served to launch BIM-MEPAUS, with the aim to provide the Australian Construction Industry with a best-of-breed National BIM practice that supports designers, constructors and ultimately Facility Managers, to leverage BIM and Integrated Project delivery (IPD).
BIM-MEPAUS publishes standards to ensure BIM design models are precise and accurate, practices are applied routinely and consistently, and the sharing of information follows a predictable workflow that provides all parties to a project with confidence in the integrity of the model, the data and the process.
BIM-MEPAUS gathers input from the most experienced and highest skilled people in the industry to digitalise MEP products and datasets to create 1. product specifications and data templates – for managing project and asset information requirements – and 2. industry standard Revit MEP content – for consistent and collaborative modelling practices.
BIM-MEPAUS aims to comply as far as practical with other relevant standards and schemas in common use and aligns with the following standards and guidelines as far as practical:
- The National Construction Code and relevant Australian Standards
- VBIS – Virtual Building Information System
- buildingSMART IFC compatibility;
- Australian and New Zealand Revit Standards;
- NATSPEC National BIM Guide and Specifications; plus
- Autodesk Revit Modelling Guidelines.
BIM-MEPAUS Product specifications are developed with the support of industry including many of Australia’s leading BIM practitioners from design firms and contractors as well as suppliers and specialist sub-contractors. The specification documents are created to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved in project design and delivery as well as the supply chain. BIM-MEPAUS gratefully acknowledges these contributions.
Included within the specifications are supporting reference guidelines and notes which are intended to assist designers and modellers to create project models which are fit-for-purpose.
Specifications and data templates are published as free issue, however copyright remains with BIM-MEPAUS and the specifications or content may not be republished in part or whole without the written permission of BIM-MEPAUS.