The inaugural BIMinNZ Conference at Te Papa in Wellington on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019, is a collaboration between the BIM Acceleration Committee (BAC), Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), and New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB). The Conference programme and speaker identification is being undertaken by BAC’s training arm, the NZ BIM Industry Training Group. The BIMinNZ Conference is envisaged and delivered by industry, for industry, with funding support from the Building Research Levy. Profiles on a few of the conference speakers are detailed below, whereas the programme and online registration can be found via the conference website.

Client perspective from a global BIM exemplar site

Brendan Dillon has been Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager at Denver International Airport (DEN) since 2014. During his time in the role, Brendan has overseen the integration of BIM into development and improvement projects at a facility that is widely considered to be an international BIM exemplar and often referred to in BIM forums.

Brendan’s presentation at BIMinNZ promises to be a conference highlight. It also represents an opportunity for New Zealand’s property sector to gain a greater insight into the benefits of this technology; through the design and delivery stage, as well as the asset management stage. In the NZIOB’s view, the tipping-point for widespread BIM adoption by the construction sector will only occur when the property sector is convinced of the benefits to them, at which point they will specify the requirement to have a BIM enabled supply-chain. Having a representative of a property owner such as DEN speak to an audience that includes property owners, will lift the understanding of the benefits BIM provides to those who own and manage our built environment.

In his key note address, Brendan will provide an overview of DEN’s full lifecycle BIM programme, which integrates design and construction with the property’s asset management and ongoing maintenance.

Setting the scene on worldwide transformational change

Dr David Rendall is an internationally renowned speaker and author of several books (including The Freak Factor, and Pink Goldfish) that explore the idea that performance can be lifted when imperfections and flaws are accentuated rather than suppressed.

Prior to becoming a speaker, David was a leadership professor and stand-up comedian, a wonderful combination that allows him to convey complex psychological propositions in an entertaining manner. With a philosophy of “discovering uniqueness by flaunting weakness”, David’s presentation at BIMinNZ will serves as both: a commentary on worldwide transformational change (which BIM represents in the construction and property sectors), and a provider of ideas and tools that have the potential to be of benefit to conference attendees and their businesses. One of David’s premises is that individuals and companies should look to operate at the peripheral, avoiding the middle, as “that is where the mediocrity lies”.

US based David, will bookend BIMinNZ with a keynote address at the start of the day, and with his wrap-up at the event’s conclusion. David’s recount of the day’s material and key themes in a witty and insightful manner, will aid retention, by framing them in a way that sticks in attendees’ minds long past the event itself.

PechaKucha style design session with expert facilitator

Many conferences have a panel, though the format is generally not as dynamic as the design session planned for BIMinNZ. The panellists represent the full range of design disciplines (architecture, engineering, and quantity surveying) and are BIM leaders within some of New Zealand’s largest design practices:

  • Keeley Pomeroy - Principal Quantity Surveyor, AECOM

  • Keri Niven - Digital Collaboration Leader, Aurecon

  • Mel Tristram - National BIM Manager, Jasmax

  • Olivia Pearson - National Architecture Studio Director, GHD

Each of the speakers will be provided with ten minutes only to outline how their component of the design process engages with BIM. Given the short time parameters that each speaker needs to work with, the deliveries will be fast-paced, and snappy.

The facilitator of the Design session at BIMinNZ is Australian based Rebecca de Cicco, who is founder of BIM training and strategy firm, Digital Mode; a company that works with clients in the UK, Australia, China, and Canada. Digital Node also works with various government groups to inform education and training requirements in BIM and digital construction methods.

The BIMinNZ Design session promises to showcase four short presentations from key local practitioners, kept on topic and on time by a renown BIM trainer and strategist with a global footprint.

Case study of a live underground rail project in Malaysia

Ronan Collins is based in Kuala Lumpur, where he holds the role of Head of Project Information Management at Gamuda Engineering. He is a chartered structural engineer and a strong advocate for the industry adopting digital construction processes to produce smart engineering solutions, while using BIM to unlock valuable productivity gains and savings.

Gamuda Engineering, in partnership with MMC, are the turnkey contractor for a large-scale infrastructure project in Malaysia, which is known as KVMRT SSP (line 2). The project is a new 52.2 km rail transit line, consisting of 38.7km of elevated tracks and 13.5km running through underground tunnels. It will have 35 stations, eleven of which are underground. The underground stations, ancillary structures, tunnels and adits were all designed, documented and constructed as a BIM level 2 project.

Ronan’s presentation will take the form of a case study on KVMRT SSP (line 2), which is approximately half way through the construction programme; providing BIMinNZ attendees with a valuable commentary on a live project, the scale of which is uncommon in New Zealand terms. Project planning, execution, innovations and resourcing undertaken on this large-scale project will be shared, as will the outlining of pitfalls to be avoided when implementing BIM for linear infrastructure.

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