BIM and Facilities Management – Sydney Opera House: CHRIS LINNING

In the past weeks, we’ve learnt about how BIM has changed the way many buildings are designed and built. But does a project end at the moment of handover? The answer is no. Buildings have life-cycles just as we do. We are conceived, born, raised, get old, say hi to disease and cancer, get ourselves fixed, one twice maybe a couple of times and then we say bye bye. Buildings are commissioned, designed, built, worn down, renovated a few times, and then eventually get pulled down. How long a building can last for comes down to how well the facility is managed. BIM has fundamentally revolutionised building management providing the building manager with the tools for precision, unparalleled control, analysis and preemptive diagnosis.  Continue reading

5D Quantity Surveying – Mitchell and Brandtman: CAITLIN HINTZ

With the implementation of BIM into the construction industry changing the way buildings are designed and built, Quantity surveyors are also starting to review traditional methods and further streamline their roles in the construction process. These are indeed exciting times ahead for the Quantity surveyor as many new functions and abilities of a QS are being discovered.   Continue reading

Hansen & Yuncken – Constructing a Digital Future: MICHAEL PARKES

‘If the old don’t go, the new don’t come’ an old saying from Confucius or someone in China. This is exactly what this post is about. Technology has accompanied us through the ages in order for us to build stronger and build higher. Technology has changed the way materials are manufactured and what their capabilities are. Without technology, nearly all of the high rise buildings and many other spectacular designs we see today are just not possible to construct. So what are we still not happy about?  Continue reading


I don’t think people realise just how much of a game changer the IT behind the construction of the Dr Chau Chak Wing building is for the construction industry. Being able to build such complex profiles to such accurate degrees means that this technology will one day be used for more common construction such as office and other commercial buildings. The fact that there is only ONE straight beam in the Dr Chau Chak Wing project is a testament to our advancements in construction IT.  Continue reading

BIM Coordination Technologies: Ryan HANLEN & Fawzi SOLIMAN

Some amazing & physics defying structures are being built this day and age. However, many of these could not occur without BIM technologies, also known as Building Information Modelling. In layman’s terms, BIM is a technology where an actual 3D model of a design is generated when drawing in 2D. As well as generating a 3D model, information such as quantity, cost, material is attached to each element inside the 3D model. Everything is linked. So what does this mean?  Continue reading