Building Information Modelling (BIM) AIA Presentation

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is said to be the biggest transformer of architectural practice since the introduction of computers.

BIM is the virtual, three-dimensional representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building or facility. As a powerful database, BIM serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about the project. It provides a platform for collaboration by different stakeholders and forms a reliable platform for decision-making during the facility’s life-cycle, from inception onward.

Fulton Trotter Architects understands the benefits BIM can deliver for asset owners. For this reason we have been early adopters of BIM processes to ensure we are meeting our client’s current and future needs.

Associate Director, Nathan Hildebrandt, industry leader and spokesperson for BIM processes, was asked to present an industry update to the Australia Institute of Architect’s, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session in Brisbane earlier this year.

“BIM is the closest thing you can get to reality,” Nathan says.

In his address, Nathan discussed the Queensland Government’s draft BIM policy, released in February this year. The policy reflects an international trend favouring BIM as a better way to manage all the information on a project.

A key element in the policy is the Queensland Government’s commitment to the use of BIM on all state building projects by 2020 and infrastructure projects by 2023.

Nathan believes this policy will lead to industry-wide adoption of BIM processes and a greater appreciation of the potential for BIM to drive efficiency, value, productivity, innovation and safety.

“Fulton Trotter Architects is in the driver’s seat assisting in the creation of BIM standards. Clients are realising the benefits of BIM and for this technology to stay onshore BIM needs to be widely adopted across our entire industry and used to its full potential,” Nathan explains.

“As leaders in the field, we will continue our role in committees and technical working groups to help our industry realise the many benefits of greater BIM capability,” Nathan says.

Image: Nathan Hildebrandt, Director, presenting at MelBIM