Transform with BIMinNZ 2019

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The inaugural BIMinNZ conference, to be held on 8 May at Te Papa in Wellington, will showcase how building information modelling (BIM) is part of an industry-wide transition towards a digitally enabled future.

GLOBALLY , the building and construction industry is undergoing transformational change. BRANZ, partnering with building and construction industry leaders, is spearheading New Zealand’s Industry Transformation Agenda, which has signalled priority areas for transformation. These are:

  • improved risk management
  • predictable planning systems
  • adopting new technologies
  • sharing of learning to drive continuous improvement
  • improving information flows and data
  • embracing the next generation workforce.

BIM has a core part to play in these and can contribute to greater industry-wide productivity through a better building process and building better performance. It is critical BIM is developed in New Zealand to help create foundations for this transformation.

BIM education and training drive change

A key component in industry transformation is workforce training and education. In 2015, the BIM Industry Training Group was established to help develop and roll out the BIM101 seminar series and workshops nationally. In 2017, these seminars were recorded and made available on the BIMinNZ website (

BIM201 was launched in February 2019. Delivered by New Zealand’s BIM experts, this 2-day workshop has participants on the digital tools. They work on a virtual BIM project using BIM workflows and technologies to realise their benefits to real building and construction business.

BIM inspiration at 1-day conference

At BIMinNZ, conference attendees can engage with conference content and their peers, inspiring them to transform how industry designs, builds and operates constructed assets.

Presenters will showcase examples of where BIM sits in the whole life of a built asset.

David Rendall, author of The Four Factors of Effective Leadership, is the keynote speaker. From the US, David is known for his inspirational ideas, his messages on transformational thinking and his entertaining delivery.

Also attending from the US, Brendan Dillan, BIM Manager at Denver Airport, will talk about how digital transformational thinking has been vital to the successful delivery of the Denver Airport Projects. Since his tenure, this has exceeded US$5 billion in value.

From Australia, Rebecca De Cicco, Director of Digital Node, will provide insights into BIM throughout the design phases, while Simon Vaux from Transport for New South Wales will showcase BIM use for infrastructure projects.

Complementing these international experts, high-performing BIM exponents from New Zealand’s construction sector will add a Kiwi context and thought-provoking discussion to the conference line-up.

These topics and speakers include:

  • clients and BIM – Catherine Ross from Transpower and Glenn Jowett from Beca co-presenting on assisting clients to define and set BIM requirements
  • design and BIM – a fast-paced PechaKucha-styled discussion where 20 slides on BIM and design are shown for 20 seconds each.
  • construction and BIM – case study examples of how specific projects have used BIM throughout construction
  • specialist trades and BIM – Matthew Pearce from AE Smith will discuss specific issues relevant to the specialist trades and how they can move to a BIM-enabled solution.

Connecting BIM to industry through people

BIM is more than a software program. At its heart it is an information-sharing process that is fundamentally people communicating with people. At BIMinNZ, there will be networking opportunities between formal sessions to discuss how BIM is impacting delegates and their work and their own BIM experiences.

Leading this will be a group of New Zealand BIM champions representing most facets of the building and construction industry. Drawn from nationwide BIM network groups, they will be on hand to ensure everyone has someone to engage with.

BIMinNZ is a New Zealand Institute of Building-hosted conference, which is focused on sharing everyone’s knowledge to accelerate the building and construction industry towards its digital future.

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