Project name: BIM Survey.   

Completion/expected completion date: November 2013.

Main participating organisations: Attendees of the 2013 National BIM Seminar Series.

Project goals and objectives: To obtain Institute members’ opinions of about its role in dialogues about BIM and their preferences for BIM-related events.

Context: A follow-up survey was issued to attendees of the seminar series in an attempt to ascertain future expectations from the Institute in this field. Results showed that the majority (81.95%) of attendees were Architects from medium sized firms, around 7% of the attendees were consultants. There was a firm response from the attendees that it is the role of the Institute to develop and lead the discussions around BIM for architects and that these discussions should be available to the whole AEC industry. Most would prefer for future events to be in a case study and discussion format and as a 1-2 hour breakfast or lunch event. The second preferred format was for a full day conference. Approximately 45% of the attendees would like to participate in an online discussion forum.

Proposed deliverables: Seminar attendees’ opinions about the role of the Institute in developing and leading discussions around BIM for architects, and information about their preferences for the format of future events.

Planned 2014 activity: A second National BIM Seminar Series.

Expected audience: Institute policy-makers and event planners.

Project contact:
Name: Carmel McCormack
Position: General Manager Membership & Programs
Tel: 03 8620 3877

Project name: BIM in Practice documents

Completion/expected completion date: October 2013

Main participating organisations: AEC Connect, AMCA, BSA, Geyer, Hellier McFarland, Jackson Roxburgh, NATSPEC, PTA, V-Mark Design.

Project goals and objectives: To explain in clear language, from a practitioner’s point of view, some of the benefits, issues, costs and hurdles when implementing a BIM methodology into the business and projects of specialist sub-contractors and trades, Surveyors and Interior Designers.

Context: A large proportion of practitioners are still unfamiliar with BIM and the benefits it offers.

Proposed deliverables: Three publications which complement the suite of 22 papers published late in 2012. They are:
•    BIM for Specialist sub-contractors and trades.
•    Surveying for BIM.
•    BIM for Interior Designers.

Planned 2014 activity: None. Publications completed.

Expected audience: All design, construction and facility management stakeholders.

Project contact:
Name: Dominik Holzer
Position: Editor
Tel: 03 9639 9199

Links: All papers are available for free download from

Start date: 2010

Status: Active

NATSPEC is a partner in this project with SBEnrc. The objective of the project is to develop standards and processes that will enable collaborative object libraries to store and share information appropriate to each stage of the built asset lifecycle, and in a platform neutral manner. Object authoring software for the creation of generic objects that can then be exported to common modelling applications has been developed. This saves having to model the same items multiple times. Standard property sets and shared parameters are also being developed to promote a consistent approach by content creators.


Project name: Capital Works (CW) and Urban Development (UD) Map 2014-2018

Completion/expected completion date: As at 28 Feb 14 the CW & UD map is on-line on the TAMS Intranet, we would have to consider what info is appropriate for a map that was publicly facing & then get the sign off for it to go on the TAMS Internet page (that will take some time)

Main participating organisations: Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMSD), Land Development Agency (LDA)

Project goals and objectives: The objective of the project is to spatial map Capital Works projects, Urban Developments and Heritage Sites to better inform Project Managers and the Land Development Agency of opportunities to co-ordinate projects and maximise the delivery of assets and positive return on Capital investment and reduce the risk to project delivery.

Context: This was driven by the need to better co-ordinate capital assets delivered through land developments and capital works. Additional it was to better inform Project Managers of impacts to their projects due to surrounding projects and reduce the risk in delivering projects for the ACT Government.

Proposed deliverables: The deliverable was to develop an easy to use GIS mapping interface that integrated with our project reporting system (TM1) and the Integrated Asset Management System (IAMS).

Planned 2014 activity: Complete the integration of the TM1 and the IAMS. Develop the GIS map interface system.

Expected audience: The intended audience at this stage is for internal use within Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS). The future planned use is for all ACT Government Directorates. A sanitised version is intended to be publically accessible.

Approach, methodology: This project utilises existing systems – however, it required the systems to be better integrated. This initial work has been completed with testing and controlled use of the system currently underway.

Project contact:
Name: David Roulston
Position: Director of the Operational Support Branch (TAMS)
Tel: 02 6207 6628

Start date: 2011

Status: Active

Following the successful preliminary testing of the Glossary Manager software (See Glossary Manager - Stage 1), NATSPEC is inviting industry organisations to submit glossaries of terms for inclusion in the Glossary Manager. This application, developed by the School of Computing in the University of Western Sydney (UWS), will compare the glossaries so that differences in the definitions they assign to similar or identical terms can be identified and inconsistencies resolved.