Building Information Modelling for Contractors

For many Contractors, investigating BIM processes as part of project delivery has not been a focus.  This has been a viable approach up until recently, but in the next couple of years we will see a significant transition with Government Agencies (Asset Owners / Clients) starting to ask for BIM deliverables.  These deliverables could be requested as soon as 2020 through adopted Queensland State Government Policy, with other states likely to follow.

Once adopted by government, the private sector will closely follow, seeking the cost-saving benefits across the whole life cycle of their assets.  The question you have to ask yourself as a contractor is, “Is my business – and my supply chain – capable of meeting these new requirements?”

A great place to begin your journey and learn from peers that are at the cutting edge is at BILT ANZ 2018.  This year it will be held in Brisbane at the Royal International Convention Centre (at the RNA Showgrounds) between 24-26 May.  It is a conference that brings together 500 industry experts across 3 days, with up to 10 concurrent sessions to choose from – covering technical, managerial and strategic topics across design, construction and operation of built assets.   Our presenters come from all over the world, across industry including consultants, contractors and clients.

For first-timers attending BILT, the number of streams can make it a bit overwhelming at first.  Below is a list of sessions that I would recommend for first-time attending Contractors:

Day 1

Session 1.1 Opening Keynote: Introduction to Human Engineering Ashraf Habibullah
Session 1.2 Transport for NSW Digital Engineering Framework Program Simon Vaux, Transport for NSW
Project: Melbourne Private Jet Base Kurt Nolan and Sah Jojic from Hutchinson Builders
Session 1.3 Leveraging Technological innovation for Project Delivery – Project Case Study – Autohaus Newstead Steve Riches, Daniel Schaefer, John Holland
5D BIM: Our Journey to Digital Delivery Keeley Pomeroy, AECOM
Session 1.4 Improving productivity and asset outcomes through the consistent adoption of BIM Teresa Scott, Australasian Procurement and Construction Council
Session 1.5 How to KISS an Exquisite Model – A contractor’s simple philosophy and serious undertaking on BIM in large complex projects Kevin Pan, CPB Contractors
Government BIM Mandates – the hype and the substance David Foley, AECOM


Day 2

Session 2.1 Plenary
Session 2.2 Construction Planning: How to do 4D Michael Cook and Time Spiteri, Solid Support
BIM is not just for buildings! Unitywater’s adoption of BIM on a Sewerage Treatment Plant + integration with Enterprise Asset Management Ivan Beirne, Unitywater and Toby Maple, AECO
Session 2.3 Managing risk in a Time Machine through augmented reality – a live demonstration Pieter Rautenbach, Red Arrow
Pushing the boundaries of Cost & Time Matt Hemming, Mitchell Brandtman
Session 2.4 Dimensions to BIM: Linking 3D to 4D and 5D Case studies Scott Beazley, Mitchell Brandtman
Realtime Eye Candy Jeremy Harkins
Session 2.5 Save trees! Can we get to paperless construction documentation? Scott Crichton and Matt Wash, BVN


Day 3

Session 3.1 PDF based Project Coordination with Bluebeam Revu Shanoc Halliday, A2K Technologies
Advance Your Digital Agenda through Persuasion and Influence Phil Lazarus, Aurecon
Session 3.2 Queensland Government – the path to widescale adoption of BIM across the state Andrew Curthoys, QLD Government
Session 3.3 UTS Central Building 02, BIM Case Study: Autodesk vs Graphisoft, Consultants vs Contractor, Design vs Construction, ECI vs Managing Contractor Tyrone Padayachee, Richard Crookes Constructions, Owen Sharp, FJMT
Session 3.4 Integrating HoloLens on site – a simple workflow Trieu Nguyen Luu & Vince Pham, Atlas Industries
Session 3.5 Closing Plenary – Vision 20/20



As you can see, there is plenty on offer! Get involved in the community, come learn, but also come to debate, to contribute, to help to ensure that the contractor’s voice is very much part of the conversation and the outcomes that follow.

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