Event Recap: BIM Seminar

Brian Cornwell , 7 July 2019

On 26 June, the ACA and the Institute co-hosted an important seminar on delivering great projects in Queensland’s new procurement environment with speakers from the Queensland government, AECOM and Fulton Trotter Architects.

ASSA ABLOY began the evening by introducing their door and hardware plugin for projects with BIM requirements.

Andrew Curthoys from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning then reviewed the Queensland Government’s BIM implementation strategy, which mandates for BIM deliverables for all government projects of $50M or more whose business case begins after 1 July 2019.

Mark Cronin from AECOM followed by discussing ISO 19650 and the upcoming ANZ Guide to ISO 19650. Nathan Hildebrandt, former Director of Fulton Trotter, Chair of the ACA and AIA BIM Taskforce and Committee Manager of BrisBIM, tackled the last topic of the night centred around the digital capabilities of Australian architects. The evening concluded with the audience questioning the panel of presenters about the current and future state of BIM in Queensland and Australia.

While difficult to recap the wealth of information presented by the three guest speakers, it all boils down to this: be prepared for BIM! It’s happening now, it’s picking up steam, and it will lead us into the future. Local governments and those abroad are adopting and implementing BIM strategies and requirements. International standards have been put in place to help manage and govern projects with BIM mandates. Local organisations such as the ACA, the Institute, and others in Australia and New Zealand have recognised this and are supporting the construction industry with documentation that aids in understanding BIM policies, standards, and execution plans.

Don’t get left behind. Review these policies, standards and guides, so that you can be prepared for the future!

Brian Cornwell is the BIM Technologies Manager Pacific Region for ASSA ABLOY.