Australia acts on the standardisation of BIM objects

A new initiative has been launched in Australia to address widely disparate definitions of Building Information Modelling objects across the industry.

Sourceable are reporting that Autodesk Asia Pacific in partnership with the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) have developed BIM-MEP AUS, a new way of “standardising how ‘BIM objects’ are defined”.


The platform will tackle a recurring problem within international Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries, in that projects are being held back from their potential gains in efficiency due to the fragmented nature of BIM adoption and development.


The Australian approach will address frustration caused by different consultants using their own BIM models which do not class building materials in the same way. Executive Director of AMCA Sumit Oberoi spoke of the innovative plan of action, which will host a forum on August 7th in Melbourne. He said:


“We now have tools that are getting enabled to allow consultants, head contractors and specialist building services contractors to use and exchange information about how you define a piece of equipment in a standardised manner. If you think of a component of building services equipment, where the industry in the past has broken down is that they are not actually defining it in the same way, or the parametric data and information that sits behind that object (in BIM) has not been the same.”


Continuing by providing an example of the aforementioned frustrating circumstance, Oberoi stated: ““You might have four of five consultants who each have their own (BIM object) libraries, but they may be best of breed internally but are not necessarily aligned throughout the industry. So when the contractor works with Consultant A on one project, that consultant will have a particular set of standards to which they want that project done. On a different project, the contractor might be working with Consultant B, who has another set of standards.”


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