Round up from BrisBIM

Community is an important part of BILT (if you haven’t heard yet, RTC has just been renamed, read about it here), and throughout the year many of our community members gather at local BIM events and user groups.  One of the earliest and  most successful of the open software events was BrisBIM which was held again last week.  Nathan Hildebrandt, BrisBIM and BILT ANZ Committee member tells us all about it.  If you would like to see your local event featured, contact

BrisBIM’s October event, attracting just under 150 attendees, was headlined by Dr Bilal Succar from Change Agents + BIM Excellence. Bilal’s presentation titled “BIM Maturity Models” focused around his extensive research in the areas that Individuals, Organisations and Project Teams can all be assessed for BIM Maturity. The key takeaway was the reminder of the dangers of key people departing an organisation and how it can significantly reduce the BIM Maturity / Capability of a partnering Organisation.

Andrew Zarb from the Sunshine Coast Council was the second presenter, sharing the benefits that a local authority achieves through the use of BIM. In 2014 the Sunshine Coast Council commissioned an Aerial Laser Survey of the whole region, amounting to 2658 1x1km square tiles of data (785GB data). The planning department in the council use the model to assess planning applications against the planning scheme, with the aim to deliver a better built outcome for both the community and the developer. The use of model and view corridor checks were also used to assist Councillors with a greater understanding for their vote for or against a development application .

The final guest presenter Chad Smith from A2K spoke about the processes and outcomes from using drones to undertake aerial surveying. Chad’s presentation was good, but for me personally I still struggle to see the benefits of investing in this technology when the accuracy is not really reliable enough and there appears a lack of efficient OPEN BIM workflows to obtain the data available.

To close out the presentations for the evening the BrisBIM committee chaired the fifth  and final forum of the year. The forum was introduced at the start of this year to enable the BrisBIM community to contribute to the discussion. The headline topic of the forum for this year was Barriers to BIM, and the topics for the year were derived from the 5 voted biggest Barriers to BIM. The  topic for this event was Staffing & Training, where issues involving investment in staff training on BIM tools and staff Construction Knowledge was debated.

November will see BrisBIM’s last event for the year, BrisBIMx. In its’ third year running BrisBIMx will bring some of the best in the BIMsphere to present and share their incredible stories.



When?:           3.30pm, November 30, 2016

Where?:         QUT – Science and Engineering Centre (Building P), Room 514 (GP-P-514)

For more information on BrisBIMx, please visit the BrisBIM website.

About BrisBIM

BrisBIM about to commence its fifth year of bi-monthly events in 2017 is run by a committee of volunteers. BrisBIM’s purpose is to facilitate and bring together the built environment community within the greater Brisbane region, to share and exchange thoughts and knowledge in respect to technology innovation across the industry.

BrisBIM believes in providing an avenue for clients, practitioners, contractors and interested parties to come together in an informal gathering to discuss learn and share from others in the industry. BrisBIM events aim to provide a range of topics from technical, managerial through to business and aspirational. BrisBIM seeks speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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