Archive for May 26th, 2014

BIM CPD in June and July

Getting Started with BIM: Have you been seriously considering implementing BIM within your organisation and are now asking ‘What do we do next’? This seminar covers the preparation and planning required by architectural or engineering personnel who want to make implementation happen. It provides generic guidance on the topic and discusses some of the decisions to be made and issues which need to be considered.

The NATSPEC BIM Protocol: This seminar is directed at clients and lead consultants on projects using BIM who want to avoid the cost of delays and re-works caused by poor definition of BIM requirements prior to calling for expressions of interest from consultants.  It explains how the Protocol can be used to clarify and describe the level of BIM implementation at the project’s outset, and how NATSPEC BIM documents can assist.

More details CLICK HERE for brochure and registration form


Review of National BIM Guide

NATSPEC is updating the National BIM Guide. Please help!

Collaborate Working Group CWG‑002 has just released a report which focuses on reviewing the National BIM Guide and BIM Management Plan template. Its goal was to provide NATSPEC with industry feedback on its suite of documents based on “real world use”. NATSPEC thanks CWG-002 for the significant effort they put into their report.

Please CLICK HERE for more details

Advise us if you agree with their findings via

All comments will be taken into consideration when preparing the next edition of our BIM documents.

For more about Collaborate ANZ, go


What’s happening in Australia?

NATSPEC has compiled details of BIM research and development projects being undertaken by Australian Government and industry organisations. The project details provide a resource for everyone involved with, or interested in, BIM R & D. The aim is to facilitate collaboration and avoid duplication of effort. This work was completed on behalf of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF). Download the details of all the projects at

Case studies?

If you have used any NATSPEC BIM documents on one of your projects, we would be interested to hear of your experiences.  Please contact Neil Greenstreet at or on 02 9321 7200 to discuss the possibility of using it as a case study.


Download Program and Registration Details HERE

The IPWEAvic Murray-Goulburn Regional Group is holding a workshop on Flood Recovery – Infrastructure in Bendigo on 26th June 2014.  The workshop is designed to address the approaches to recovery by individual councils/organisations within the Loddon and Campaspe region and explore and document what might be better approaches by local government when any future major flood event requires significant infrastructure recovery works.  The workshop is to be facilitated by Malcolm Styles and is sponsored by City of Greater Bendigo.  Although specifically tailored to the Campaspe and Loddon catchments it has relevance to all catchments in Victoria.

The Regional Group Convenor has extended an invitation to all IPWEAvic members to attend and participate in the conversation.  The program and registration details are found in the attached brochure.

Please pass on details of this workshop to those in your networks who may be interested in this topic and attending the workshop in Bendigo on 26th June 2014.

Download Program and Registration Details HERE

Here are some interesting construction initiatives – building a hotel in Bendigo in 3 days!  And a 9 storey apartment block in Moonee Ponds in 5 days!

Take a look at the following links:

IPWEAvic Central Highlands Regional Group are hosting a Site Trip to Ballarat Airport on 19th June 2014.

Download a copy of agenda and directions HERE

If you would like to attend please advise Eric Braslis c/o Belinda Kent at City of Ballarat


A topical debate at present is the use of art work on the road pavement.  Differing points of view are found from a variety of road safety engineers and artists.

Take a look at some of the art works and debate in this article

Does the art work detract from the safety aspect of the road markings or enhance the streetscape….

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