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NATSPEC BIM Guide Documents

The National BIM Guide is to assist clients, consultants and stakeholders
to clarify their BIM requirements in a nationally consistent manner.

NATSPEC National BIM Guide
The core reference document.
Project BIM Brief
For defining and documenting the specific requirements of your project by reference
to the National BIM Guide.
BIM Object/Element Matrix
Can be used as a reference or to define the properties and Level of Development of many of a project's building elements.

Welcome to the National BIM Portal

This website is home to the NATSPEC National BIM Guide and other documents. It is also a repository of documents and tools that will assist the implementation of BIM in the construction industry.

The National BIM Portal also acts as the ACIF and APCC Project Team Integration (PTI) and BIM Knowledge Hub. For more details of this initiative, see BIM R & D Projects.



SBEnrc BIM Value: A free decision-support tool for maximising the benefits of BIM

Although there are numerous studies and articles on the benefits of BIM, it can be difficult for organisations to assess its potential value for their particular purposes. Even when they have decided to use BIM, it is often not clear how to best implement it.

The BIM Value tool has been developed by the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) in partnership with NATSPEC to address these issues. It is based on a comprehensive methodology developed as part of SBEnrc’s research Project 2.34 Driving Whole-of-life Efficiencies through BIM and Procurement. Work to improve the tool will continue over 2015 – 2017.

BIM Value is a free open-access tool that provides managers with a step-by-step guide to identifying potential benefits, metrics and tools for implementing BIM.    To find out more and access the tool online, click here.

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ACIF-APCC Building and Construction Procurement Guide: PTI and BIM released

 ACIF APCC Procurement Guide PTI-BIM 2015

On 26 June 2015, ACIF and APCC released the Building and Construction Procurement Guide: Project Team Integration (PTI) and Building Information Modelling (BIM), the latest resource in a series of nationally important initiatives to accelerate the adoption of PTI and BIM.

The purpose of this Guide is to provide asset owners and project procurers with an outline of potential procurement practices, processes and steps which might be followed in developing effective procurement strategies for implementation of BIM and PTI on specific projects within the built environment. Read more...

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NATSPEC BIM position statement

NATSPEC is a not-for-profit organisation with the objective of improving the construction quality and productivity of the built environment through leadership of information.
NATSPEC believes that digital information, including 3-D Modelling and Building Information Modelling, will provide improved methods of design, construction and communication for the industry. Further, NATSPEC supports open global systems. This will result in improved efficiency and quality.
NATSPEC’s primary focus is on the “i” (information) in BIM and how it is linked to digital models. NATSPEC’s areas of interest include how specification information can be best integrated with BIM and the development of BIM guidelines and standards beneficial to the construction industry.


New report: ICIS 2015 Global BIM Education Report

This is an update of the previous report published in 2014. It summarises the status of BIM education in a number of countries across the globe.

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New report: National BIM Object Library Survey

This report summarises the results of an international survey on national object libraries conducted by NATSPEC in conjunction with Konrad Stuhlmacher of Dr. Schiller & Partner GmbH. NATSPEC has been challenged by the Australian Government and industry with the task of developing a National BIM object library for Australia. The survey is part of the research for the project.

[366 KB PDF] Download

New NATSPEC BIM Paper: BIM Project Inception Guide

This BIM Paper assists clients working with their Lead BIM Advisor to clarify and define their BIM requirements at project inception for the purpose of engaging the project team.

[554 KB PDF] Download

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