Project name: The Building & Infrastructure 3D database

Completion/expected completion date: Ongoing as stakeholders request wider coverage outside the CBD

Main participating organisations: Ausgrid, Council of the City of Sydney, Emergency Functional Area Coordinators, Emergency Information Coordination Unit, Infrastructure protection regulators, Jemena, Police CT command, Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains, Sydney Water, Telstra, Transport NSW, Underground service locating industry

Project goals and objectives: The Building and Infrastructure 3D database is the result of a joint venture between Council of the City of Sydney and the EICU including the collaboration of all the major infrastructure Agencies operating in the Sydney CBD. The objective of the project is to model and map all of the underground infrastructure for the CBD including the buildings both above and below ground in three dimensions. This includes all utility and tunnel information.

The model is intelligent and facilitates full attribute and 3-D spatial queries on all features which distinguishes it from the common fly through 3-D models that are generally used to represent the built environment. The 3-D buildings include contact details for owners and occupiers and the type of industries located within the building as well as documents and photos detailing floor plans, construction details, access points and other sensitive information about the building.

High interest buildings are captured as architectural models and translated into virtual environments for exercise scenarios and then imported into the GIS data model in real world coordinate systems.

Data from the 3D building and Infrastructure database has been used in the planning of major projects like the proposed Sydney Metro, The George St light rail and the City of Sydney’s Tri-generation Project.

The Sydney Down Under working group is a component of this project and it is made up of representatives from all stakeholders. The group meet monthly to monitor the progress of the 3D building and Infrastructure database and to investigate new and innovative spatial data technologies that have the potential to benefit the project as well as all stakeholder agencies.

Context: The project will deliver the following benefits:

  • Planning of new infrastructure
  • Emergency response
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Safety of public and responders
  • Event management
  • Better access and communication for all agencies
  • Reduction in utility outages due to  excavation errors
  • Knowledge transfer between agencies
  • Maintain awareness of the latest advances in technology in this field

Proposed deliverables: A 3D GIS model of the Sydney CBD showing all underground infrastructure and buildings above and below ground

Planned 2014 activity: Monthly workshops held and progress the model to include all utility and other underground infrastructure

Expected audience: Ausgrid, Council of the City of Sydney, Emergency Functional Area Coordinators, Emergency Information Coordination Unit, Infrastructure protection regulators, Jemena, Police CT command, Roads and Maritime Services, State Emergency Operation Centre, Police Operating Centre, State Crisis Centre, Sydney Trains, Sydney Water, Telstra, Transport NSW, Underground service locating industry

Approach, methodology: Cooperative research and in kind provision of resources.

Project contact:
Name: John Moore
Position: Manager EICU & Chair of the Sydney Down Under Working Group
Tel: 02 8236 7160

Project Name: BIM for TMR - Road Lighting

Completion/expected completion date: December 2014

Main participating organisations:

Project goals and objectives: To provide a proof of concept for implementing BIM for TMR. The scope of this project is limited to road lighting projects. This project aims to address using the electronic model throughout the entire project lifecycle (i.e. planning, design, construction and maintenance).

Key deliverables and planned 2014 activities:
1.    Develop schema/specification to define road lighting designs in electronic model. (Stage 1 – expected completion: Jun 2014).
2.    Modelling road lighting design in the electronic model. (Stage 1 – expected completion: Jun 2014).
3.    Automating some design calculations. (Stage 1 – expected completion: Jun2014)
4.    Reviewing/ streamline the design & approval process associated with road lighting. (Stage 2 – expected completion: Dec 2014).
5.    Review the content in drawings required for submission/ approval. (Stage 2 – expected completion: Dec 2014).
6.    Integration with TMR's asset management system. (Stage 2 – expected completion: Dec 2014).

Project Contact:
Name: Sudharsanan Loganathan
Position: Manager (CADD Development)
Phone: (07) 3066 7940

Project Name: Strategic Implementation of BIM for Department of Health and Human Services

Completion Date: 31 December 2014

Participating organisation: Department of Health and Human Services (Tasmania)

Project Goals and Objectives: Update information management processes within the Department to capture and manage building information collected during building design and construction (and for existing buildings as practicable) to improve building management, operations and maintenance.


  • Achieve triple bottom line benefits for the Department through realisation of contemporary best practice BIM practices and processes.
  • Contribute toward the Tasmanian Government’s adoption of the National Building Information Modelling Initiative as proposed in “Climate Smart Tasmania: A 2020 Climate Change Strategy”, requiring from 1 July 2016 that:
    • new construction and major renovations of Tasmanian Government buildings be undertaken using collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic); and
    • asset creation and operating information be based on open standards for information exchange.

Planned 2014 Activity:

  • Complete a pilot project run on a three story car park utilising BIM processes.
  • Migrate agency built asset information to BIM-enabled database supported processes.
  • Test the market for BIM-capable Computer Aided Facility Management systems best able to support the Department’s future needs.

Expected Audience:

  • Senior management, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tasmanian Government Spatial Committee

Approach, Methodology:

  • Participate with interstate counterparts to identify best practices for implementation.
  • Complete case study on BIM pilot run for construction of three story car park.

Project Contact:
Name: Wayne Eastley
Position: Manager, Asset Sustainability, Department of Health and Human Services
Tel: 03 6233 3225

Project Name: Building Management Building Information Modelling (BIM) Requirements and Procedures.

Project Goals and Objectives: To develop the use and implementation of BIM on nominated projects for Building Management (BM) a division in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

Project Name: Building Management Building Information Modelling (BIM) Requirements and Procedures.

Project Goals and Objectives: To develop the use and implementation of BIM on nominated projects for Building Management (BM) a division in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

Context: Through forums with Building Management, local South Australian industry has requested that SA Government provide a position relating to the requirements and use of BIM on government projects.

Proposed Deliverables: To define the BIM requirements and procedures for various size projects for Building Management, and develop project specific BIM briefs.

Planned 2014 Activity: Launch of Building Management BIM requirements and procedure documents, and the development of project specific BIM briefs as part of the overall briefing for new projects.

Expected Audience: To educate Lead Professional Service Contractors (LPSC), Discipline Professional Service Contractors (DPSC) and client agencies in the use of  BIM.

Approach, Methodology: BM’s BIM requirements are based on the NATSPEC National BIM Guide and Project BIM Brief:

  • Surveys conducted with LPSCs, DPSCs and General Building Contractors (GBC)
  • Consulted with Facilities Managers, Records Management, IT Specialists
  • Research of current BIM policy documents from interstate and overseas.

Pilot Project: The Kensington Special School Relocation project ($9 million project value) was trialled to develop BM’s BIM Requirements and the Core BIM Brief. The 3D modelling was undertaken in association with Russell Yelland Architects to define what level of development and building information is required for projects of this size.
Detailed energy modelling using Autodesk Ecotect Analysis design tool was undertaken by GHD to analyse the building’s energy performance, thermal, water usage, and for daylight modelling. 3D Modelling also established the effectiveness of providing geothermal heat exchange ducts buried below ground to reduce the running costs of the A/C system.

BIM Implementation Process: The following flow chart outlines the process in determining the use and level of BIM required for all new projects and will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis.

Project Contact:
Name: Ralph Hems
Position: Senior Architect
Tel: 08 8226 5204

Project Name: Construction Industry Training Board Innovations Program: Building Information Modelling (BIM) Initiative, A Practical Introductory Guide to Building Information Modelling (Version 2 October 2013) Course book for Construction Workers

Completion date: Pilot Course: a 2-day Course ran February 2011-December 2011
Version 1: a 2-day Course ran January 2012-October 2013
Version 2: a one-day Course introduced October 2013 and current
Project remains ongoing in the absence of a formal BIM training framework.

Main Participating Organisations: CITB Board comprising the following employer associations, unions and Ministerial nominees established a BIM User Group which included:

  • Industry organisations: AMCA, BISCA, CCF, HIA, MBA, PIA, Property Council, AWU, CEPU and CFMEU.
  • Government departments: DFEEST, DPTI, Housing and TAFE SA
  • Private companies: A number of small, medium and large commercial construction companies were represented.

Training arrangements: In addition to CITB, A2K and Redstack in 2011 to present. TAFE has become involved in conjunction with delivering training at NRAH in 2013.

Project Goals and objectives: Provide BIM training to site workers in response to industry need not otherwise able to be met.

Context: Vendor training generally associated with product sales at the Introductory level.
Training by vendors and universities targeted at architects, engineers etc at the 3D design level and not the interpretive level and not at ‘BIM’ as distinct from ‘3D design’.
Cost prohibitive sales proposals and confusing advice from vendors in the market a major barrier to entry level engagement with BIM by Construction Workers on commercial sites.

Proposed deliverables: The training course has been delivered and includes the following:

  • Theory – Introduction to BIM
  • Practical – Navisworks Freedom with exercises from the Flinders Cancer Hospital model ( a BIM project)
  • Practical – Digital Layout Technology

Version 2 of the Course has two years development work in it and based on what the industry wants as actually experienced.

Planned 2014 activity: Continuing and increased uptake of the Introductory Course.
For course graduates to continue training in BIM through uptake of further levels of courses including MEP, Navisworks and Digital Layout Technology
Still working on formal recognition of a qualification.

Expected audience: The full range of Construction Workers:  Labourers through to Building Company Owners.

Approach, methodology: CITB has drawn on its expertise in ensuring high quality courses for construction workers through subsidising course costs and influence on RTOs.
As no-one else has been able to establish a footprint course for construction workers to get going with BIM, CITB has designed a suitable course, trialled, delivered and continued to develop it.  This provides a pathway to engagement with BIM.

The Course is a culmination of input from many parties and a primary goal of meeting industry need by finding a way to deliver the required training.
Endeavouring to find partners nationally or in other states or territories (ongoing battle).

Project Contact:
Name: Julie Kernick
Position: Manager, Research & Skills Development,
Executive Officer, Construction Industry Advisory Board
Tel: 08 8172 9500

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