Monthly Archives: June 2014

AAM are hiring! High Definition Survey Operations Manager – Melbourne

AAM are hiring!

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High Definition Survey Operations Manager

Location: Hawthorn East, VIC

  • Permanent role
  • Utilise your people management skills
  • Hawthorn East location

We are currently seeking a High Definition Survey Operations Manager to work in our Melbourne office. You will be responsible for the management of the High Definition Survey operations, including resource coordination, project execution and administration, project safety and performance, development of field/survey and production staff, Quality Assurance and project efficiency of HDS projects.

What you will do:

  • Administer HDS Projects by:
    • Complete, Coordinate and Manage HDS projects from Field Work to Product Delivery
    • Ensure the Field Survey and Production Staff are equipped and briefed for each HDS project
    • Liaise with HDS Business Development and BIM Coordinator for resource management of BIM Product Delivery
    • Ensure information is passed accurately, efficiently and effectively to and between Field and Production Staff
    • Provide feedback for Staff and Business Development Manager regarding output and input to product delivery
    • Liaising with Field/Production Staff and Business Development to develop best practice technical solutions
    • Preparing project and work instructions for HDS Projects
    • Controlling and monitoring project timelines and budgets on HDS Projects
  • Consult and advise Business Development, Operations and Clients on HDS related issues
  • Liaising with Account Management and Business Development staff to provide best practice technical advice on project design and delivery
  • Liaise with clients on project technical issues
  • Support the Demonstration of Capability of HDS through industry forums and at meetings
  • Manage the day-to-day coordination and mobilisation and demobilisation of personnel, vehicles, equipment, third party contractors and management systems for field surveys
  • Coordinate and complete field acquisition and surveying, as well as production of survey plans, information models and digital data

What you will have:

  • Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of High Definition survey best practice
  • Project administration including scheduling, resource management and cost controls
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in people management

Travel to work at other AAM offices or client sites will be expected

AAM is a leading spatial information technology provider.  Our exceptional capabilities include business mapping, asset information, geographic system (GIS) projects and enterprise solutions, and location-based services are sought after internationally.  We have over 500 employees working in a professional, supportive and flexible environment.

If you want to join the team, please send your resume along with a brief covering letter to

Confidentiality assured.  Please note:  only successful short listed applicants will be contacted. 

Advertised: 26 June 2014
Applications close: 10 July 2014


Tekla is Banging the DRUM for BIM


DRUM (Distributed Transactional BIM) research is part of Finnish RYM Oy’s PRE (Built Environment Process Re-engineering) program lead by Tekla with Aalto University providing the main research partnership. DRUM undertakings commenced in November 2010 and concluded in April of 2014.

“Although the creation of building information models has enormously developed and become more efficient in Finland and around the world, the utilization of the data contained in the models among the construction project parties is still largely in its infancy,” says Seppo Törmä of Aalto University.

“At the moment, retrieving information from a single model is toilsome. Handling a complete model is hard if you only need to pick out an individual object using, for example, a mobile device. Extra data is often in conflict with the most up-to-date information, which accumulates problems to the user of the model,” says Jukka Suomi of Tekla Corporation, participating company of the project.

The result of the DRUM research is an open concept that is based on linking, managing and sharing building information over the Internet as a way of working.

“Instead of locating the information on certain model servers, it can be easily found and shared on the Web. This makes utilizing the information natural to the different disciplines,” says Törmä.


The DRUM results are expected to proceed into practice in a few years. The new concept has been partially tested at Skanska.

“We expect the results to realize in the construction industry in 2 to 3 years as software houses start applying the concept that has been developed,” says a participant of DRUM, development director Ilkka Romo of Skanska.

The long-term objective of DRUM is to improve the overall productivity of construction projects through information management and the capability to share it. This is a way reduce errors, for example, so that no time is needed to settle them.

DRUM’s results have been noticed internationally: BuildingSMART has been interested in the results, among others, and they will be presented in the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) conference in Brussels in June. The results will also be presented in the European Conference on Product and Process Modeling (ECPPM) conference arranged in Vienna in September. Other participants include Skanska, Solibri, CGI, M.A.D. and Progman Oy. Some of the research was contracted to Georgia Tech and the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT. 

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Törmä, researcher, Aalto University, tel. +358 50 3160979, email
Jukka Suomi, product manager, Tekla Oy, tel. +358 40 510 3101, email
Ilkka Romo, development director, Skanska Oy, tel. +358 50 5201 596, email

AAM to present at BrisBIM Gathering on Reality Capture

Dear Brisbane BIM connections,

I am pleased to let you know that I will be presenting on behalf of AAM at next weeks BrisBIM event.

High Definition Survey (HDS) featured in many presentations at this months Revit Technology Conference, and if you weren’t able to attend then this BrisBIM session is definitely one to be at if you want to know more.

Looking forward to catching up with you there.

Together with Redstack and Autodesk, AAM is pleased to present this BrisBIM Revit User Group Event on Scanning, BIM and Reality Capture.


5.00pm     Arrivals
5.30pm     Introduction & announcements
5.40pm     How can we do better with BIM?  Robin Drogemuller (QUT)
5.55pm     Point Cloud Technology Integration Peter Hodgkinson & Phil Amato (Redstack)
6.10pm     Scan to BIM Case Study Ian Woodforth (Ian Woodforth Technical Services)
6.30pm     Laser Scanning in AEC Matt Rumbelow (AAM)
6.50pm     Autodesk Reality Computing  Brett Casson (Autodesk)
7.10pm     Networking with Drinks & Light Snacks

As usual this is a FREE event!

When: 18 June 2014

Time: 5.00pm – onwards

Queensland University of Technology
Level 6 Atrium, Science and Engineering Centre
(P Block)
Gardens Point Campus
2 George Street, Brisbane

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A BIMpicture is worth a thousand (un)read words.

At the recent Revit Technology Conference, many took the opportunity to use the annual “meeting of the BIMminds” to discuss far reaching topics affecting the adoption and utilisation of BIM beyond the usual vendor feature-fest.

Steve Appleby, AECOM’s BIM Practice Lead for Australia and New Zealand and founding member of CollaborateANZ, arranged a RTCx presentation entitled  “Which Horse to Back? – Cutting through the multitude of Industry Initiatives” which saw a near capacity attendance.

Session 16_Industry Initiatives_RTC AUS 2014


No less then 13 different “BIM Initiatives” were outlined by Steve, but the free-ranging discussion that followed mentioned several more and most of them un-related to the work and the “outcomes” of any other. What a BIM’ing Mess.

Industry_Update_RTC2014 Steve Appleby chairing the Industry Update at RTC 2014.

Several in the room (with an architectural background like yours truly) were fair incensed to find out that yet another AIA BIM group has formed (Australian Institute of Architects – not to get confused with the American Institute of Architects .. but who could get them confused) ignoring the work of the initial AIA & CA BIM/IPD Steering Group.

And even more frustrating that only 3 people at the meeting had read any of the published work of the BIM/IPD Steering Group, let alone knew they existed.

The work of this august body has been imaginatively “hidden” at the URL which may explain the lack of readership?

So, to address this (in some small part), I have re-linked to this work below, and encourage all interested parties to access and utilise the collection of knowledge below. Who knows, we may actually learn something!


BIM In Practice – Introduction – AIA CA


E – BIM Education Working Group – AIA CA


L – BIM, Legal and Procurement Working Group – AIA CA


O – BIM Outreach Working Group – AIA CA

O1 – Educating Clients in BIM – AIA CA

O2 – BIM for My Business – AIA CA

O3 – BIM for Engineers – AIA CA

O4 – BIM for Contractors and Builders – AIA CA

O5 – BIM for Quantity Surveyors and Cost Planners – AIA CA

O6 – BIM for Facilities Managers – AIA CA

O7 – BIM for Manufacturers and Suppliers – AIA CA

O8 – BIM For Interior Designers – AIA CA

O9 – BIM for Surveying – AIA CA

O10 BIM for specialist contractors and trades – AIA CA


P – BIM Management Plans Working Group – AIA CA

P1 – What is a BIM Management Plan – AIA CA

P2 – BIM Management Plan – AIA CA

P3 – How should you prepare and apply a BIM Management Plan – AIA CA

Or grab them from the dropbox link below.


AAM to present “Scanning, BIM and Reality Capture” at RUGS (10 June 2014)

Dear Sydney-siders & BIM connections,

I am pleased to let you know that I will be presenting on behalf of AAM at next weeks Sydney Revit User Group.

High Definition Survey (HDS) featured in many presentations at last weeks Revit Technology Conference, and if you weren’t able to attend then this RUGS session is definitely one to be at if you want to know more.

Looking forward to catching up,

Live Event: RUGS Scanning, BIM and Reality Capture

Together with Redstack and Autodesk, AAM is pleased to present this Sydney Revit User Group Event on Scanning, BIM and Reality Capture.


  • Introduction from Redstack
  • Scan to BIM and laser scanning with Thomas Werner & Matthew Rumblelow (AAM)
  • Reality Computing for Buildings and Infrastructure with Brett Casson (Autodesk)
  • General discussion on Revit Technology Conference (RTC)

When: 10 June 2014
Time: 5.40pm – 7.40pm
Ultimo TAFE – Room W3-06,
Level 3 Marcus Clarke Building,
827-837 George Street, Ultimo

Register Here