July 4, 2015 | buildingSMART board
New Zealand has taken another major step forward following the release of the New Zealand BIM Handbookin July 2014, supporting the Handbook and outlining the productivity benefits of BIM in the ‘BIM in Action – Case studies’ (linked below). Providing a platform to develop further BIM protocols and tools to support the industry in working in a more collaborative and efficient way.
The NZ BIM Acceleration Committee has continued with its cascade strategy that targets New Zealand key clients by promoting the adoption of BIM use and by raising awareness of the benefits that BIM can offer. The Committee’s primary project aim is to have Government as a BIM client by creating and supporting the demand for BIM use in central Government construction clients.
In the last quarter the Committee has identified, and is in the final stages of securing, a resource to identify potential major government construction clients who could benefit from the use of BIM, to identify the potential barriers to their using BIM and addressing as many of these barriers as possible. There is a real opportunity for synergies between the Committees objectives and those of Government Procurement from this type of arrangement.
Training has been identified by successive market research as a core item to overcome the biggest road block to a wider BIM use.
A ‘Best-Practice BIM in New Zealand’ two-day workshop is planned for early August across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with the intention to provide attendees with a robust fundamental knowledge of BIM in New Zealand.
Also, a two-day ‘BIM training for practitioners’ course is currently under development which has already confirmed interest from 130 participants. The course will be run by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and will be tailored for NZ and aligned with the NZ BIM handbook.
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