BIM Standardisation – Facilitating Collaboration, Efficiency and Accuracy



24 July 2018

BIM Standardisation – Facilitating Collaboration, Efficiency and Accuracy

The Air-Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) is pleased to announce that Richard Choy, CEO of NATSPEC, will deliver a presentation at the Construction Innovation 2018 Forum.  The Australian BIM standards have been developed in collaboration with the Australian AEC industry and Government bodies through consultation since 2008.  At a request from the then Department of Industry (Federal) the NATSPEC National BIM Guide was developed. It has since been used for drafting guides in New Zealand, South Africa, and now Chile.  It was recognised then, as it is now, as one of the best globally.  In developing documents for the Australasian BIM Advisory Board on BIM Process Consistency, it was found that the wholesale adoption of overseas standards is not always appropriate.  Whilst we need to move to open global systems, our choices must also reflect how the local market works.

BIM Object standardisation for services is achievable through the work of BIM-MEPAUS. The release of the NATSPEC BIM Object Properties Generator enables standardisation of building elements based on buildingSMARTS’s Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). This provides for consistent BIM object properties across different software platforms so that the information can be easily shared by different disciplines.

NATSPEC is a national not-for-profit organisation owned by Government and industry, which has the objective to improve the construction quality and productivity of the sustainable built environment through leadership of information. Digital information, including 3D modelling and BIM, will provide improved methods of design, construction and communication for the industry.  NATSPEC is responsible for the National BIM Guide and associated documents.  NATSPEC’s latest release is the BIM Object Properties Generator enabling BIM Standardisation.

Richard has extensive design and on-site experience and has worked in both engineering and architecture firms.  He has written and presented on numerous design and documentation subjects.  Richard was a member of the AMCA BIM Steering Committee that founded BIM MEPAUS.  He also sat on the BIM Committees for the Australian Institute of Architects, Consult Australia, and the government digital working group BEIIC.  He currently sits on the executive of the Australasian BIM Advisory Board; is a member of the Australian Building Codes Board, and is President of the International Construction Information Society.

Please join Richard and other thought leaders and practitioners from across the globe, each providing unique insight into how leading firms such as Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs, Aecom, and Autodesk are utilising technological advancements to deliver efficiencies and best practice.

This year’s forum is at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – 23 – 24 August.

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