BILT ANZ 2018 guide for ARCHICAD Users

BILT ANZ is just around the corner again and the ARCHICAD users out there would be wondering what value BILT will bring to them this year. Following on from previous years the sessions we have planned for you and what they cover will save you months in research and testing.


For those who haven’t been to BILT before it is in my opinion the biggest BIM conference in the country. It is attended by the leaders in industry across the Design and Construction Industries. It is a 3 day event with 9-10 concurrent, 75 minute streams to cover as many bases as we can across industry.


I find each year that I attend these events, it gets harder and harder to pick a single session that I would attend. This isn’t due to poor planning by the committee but the number of high quality sessions that can’t fit together any other way. Imagine a single stream 10-day conference, we wouldn’t make it to the end.


As a first time ARCHICAD user attendee if you are struggling to navigate your way through the list of sessions, here is my suggested schedule for you;


Day 1


The event starts with a plenary session and this year we have Ashraf Habibullah from CSI as our keynote. If you are not aware of who Ashrah is I would suggest you do a little bit of searching on YouTube.


Session 1.2

Depending on your interests you can gain a client’s perspective by attending Simon Vaux’s session “Transport for NSW Digital Engineering Framework Program, for those that have an interest in working with Quantity Surveyor’s you could attend the AIQS session being led by Peter Clack “We’re back!!! How the QS can bolster your bench on BIM projects. Or for those interested in data Peter Ward’s session on “Data Story Telling” may be of interest.


Session 1.3 + 1.4

Lab: OpenBIM Brothers: Live – A number of world firsts will occur in this double session. A number of you may have had the chance to see Rob Jackson and Nathan Hildebrandt present at various conferences around the world, but this will be the first time that they will present together. Secondly Rob and Nathan have never presented a lab before! So for those that want to learn the step by step processes that they use and actually do it yourself live, here is your only chance to do it.


Session 1.5

A clients approach to BIM on a multi-form, multi-stage, integrated resort development – Queens Wharf: This session provides a variety of sessions also. If you want to learn about Queens Wharf from the Information Manager’s perspective you can learn about the challenges involved on working on a large project, noting that a large portion of this project has been modelled by Architects, Cottee Parker using ARCHICAD.


Day 2


The second day starts with another plenary session. We will have more details to share with you soon regarding this session.


Session 2.2

One of the biggest issues you face when collaborating with other parties is locating your project correctly. I suggest attending John Mitchell’s presentation, “Definition of a common setup for a federated asset model, with geo-referencing.” I saw this presentation at a buildingSMART Australasia event last year and I believe it is a must-see presentation for everyone.


Session 2.3

Kristian Bursell – Tapping the Source: Establishing Responses to External Data. Kristian is one of the world’s leading GDL coders and in this session he will share concepts where you can create objects that read data from external sources / databases. With data beginning to be part of deliverable requirements, understanding automated ways to add, edit and push data will become critical.


Session 2.4

Lachlan Green – Using Solibri to check the quality of an IFC model Generated by ARCHICAD. You don’t necessarily need to have Solibri to gain value out of this session. This session focuses on getting the most out of ARCHICAD classifications and properties in version 21, understanding what data is important to who and when and then setting Solibri rules to check compliance with templates.


Session 2.5

Scott Crichton, Matt Wash – Save trees! Can we get to paperless construction documentation? This session looks at the current options in project delivery methods that can be adapted to the future to ensure we can move away from static 2D production of contract documentation for the construction phase of project delivery to allow more time to be spent modelling and less time documenting. The result should be BIM models of higher quality and less apprehension around providing them as more than just “issued for assisting in coordination purposes only.”


Day 3


Session 3.1

Joe Banks – IT for AEC, Everything you NEED to know – Rather than a comparison between Revit vs ARCHICAD, this session is designed to show a roadmap of how to set up a small company of 2 users and scale all the way up to Enterprise in a logical way. The transition between these sizes is particularly challenging especially in IT as it is usually the second largest expenditure of any AEC firm after staff costs.


Session 3.2

Andrew Curthoys – Queensland Government – the path to widescale adoption of BIM across the state. The QLD government is potentially mandating BIM deliverables on all building projects delivered from 2020 and infrastructure projects by 2023. Andrew  will detail the Queensland Government’s plan and journey towards this goal. In my mind this is the one session of the conference that shouldn’t be missed.


Session 3.3

Tyrone Padayachee and Owen Sharp – UTS Central Building 02, BIM Case Study – This case study will look at the Autodesk vs Graphisoft, Consultants vs Contractor, Design vs Construction, ECI vs Managing Contractor. In this session you will learn how to share data and manage the relationship between contractors even if you’re using opposing BIM platforms.


Session 3.4

Quinton Cooper – Queen’s Wharf Brisbane: Transformational BIM – In this session you will learn about the details of the internal processes and approaches to BIM that had to change within Cottee Parker to document one of the largest building projects in Australia right now. You will also see how to use native ARCHICAD functionality to audit your model, explore rule based model checking using Solibri and IFC and learn about interactive, model-based communication via BCF using BIMcollab and BCF Manager.


Overall this suggested schedule is only a selection of the excellent sessions that are on at BILT. I personally could have listed off numerous sessions that I want to see but don’t want to confuse you. If you find that there are a significant number of duplicate sessions you want to see throughout the conference maybe consider bringing along a second person from your organisation. Then at the end of the event you can compare notes and bring back to your office twice as much knowledge.


I hope to see you all at BILT ANZ 2018 in Brisbane between 24-26 May 2018.

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