Monthly Archives: August 2014

Achieving BIM Certainty Through Reality Capture – My BIM MEP Aus Presentation is now live

With thanks to the team at AMCA and Peter Erb Media, my presentation at the recent BIM-MEP-AUS Construction Innovation Forum has now been published online, in all its 19m:14sec of audio visual glory. 🙂


Titled “Achieving BIM Certainty Through Reality Capture, it was a high level overview of High Definition Survey scanning and its application within BIM focused construction projects, with some examples of the recent work completed by AAM Pty Ltd.

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pdf You can also download the PDF of the presentation here.

My presentation was followed by a keynote from Mr Tim Lowery, Business Development, ClearEdge3D, USA which I recommend you also view if you are interested in HDS and BIM workflows.

Keynote Address: Using Laser Scanning and Automation Software to create a complete and accurate as-built model

Wrapping up the HDS segment of the BIM MEP AUS program, were the “Two Ronnies” of the BIM for FM world, Mr Michael Alder, Building Services Modelling Leader at ARUP and Mr Nathan Lyon, Facilities Manager for Investa Property Group. I believe they were one of the only “double acts” at the Forum, and they certainly had practice both their presentation and the comedic timing. Well worth viewing.

Case Study 2: 120 Collins Street Melbourne




What Owners Need to Know about Getting their Existing Buildings Documented

The Information Technology Council of the International Facility Management Association has commenced a three-part series which looks at what building owners need to know about getting their existing buildings documented.

The first in the series has been hosted online and is now available to view. The first webinar featured Mr Carlos Velasquez, President of Epic Scan and Jim Foster, President of Pointknown.

You can register to view the recording here:


What Owners Need to Know about Getting their Existing Buildings Documented

Introduction & Background
–Introductions/Why are we here
–Carlos Velasquez, President –Epic Scan
–Jim Foster, Interioreview, Pointknown

 pdf  IFMAiTC_SPAR_USIBD-Webinar Series 1




Who is the Information Technology Council of the International Facility Management Association?


The Information Technology Council is dedicated to the continuous improvement of the facility management profession through exploration and analysis of technology tools, solutions and methods and educating and communicating these findings to the profession.

Simply put: “How Does Technology Support Your Facility Operations?” is the question we endeavor to answer through Newsletters, Publications, Live Presentations and Value Add Webinars, and the ongoing dialog with the membership as a whole.

Our next Top BIMmodel! Australia and New Zealand Tekla BIM Awards.


Voting closes 24th August, 2014

talkBIM supporter and sponsor Pacific Computing is pleased to announce that voting is now open for the ANZ Tekla BIM awards.

Make your contribution to ANZ BIM by voting for your favorite entry here.  Have your say on who you think should take home the trophies! The winners will be decided by your vote.



As always, Tekla has been used on a variety of projects from bridges to buildings and sheds to stadiums. Each project presents the versatility of Tekla software.

Use of Tekla BIM software affects landscapes around the world. We would like to express our appreciation towards your work and share your success stories worldwide. Participating in a Tekla BIM Awards is a great way to gain publicity for your company, especially if you win! The competition gains more media exposure and becomes more popular each year. The Tekla BIM Awards is held in four categories: steel, cast in place, precast and student. All winners will be automatically entered into the Tekla Global BIM Awards competition. The global winners will be decided by a jury consisting of leading BIM experts inside and outside Tekla.

Vote now


BIM and UAV. More then Flights of Fancy.

More fantastic examples of the use of UAVs (drones) using simple image-capture with photogrammetry software to create 3D environments such as buildings, landscapes, terrains. These can be e consumed by the Autodesk portfolio for conceptual design, volume measurements, visualization of projects in their real context.

Presenter Dominique Pouliquen is Marketing Director for the Reality Solutions Group at Autodesk. He joined Autodesk through the acquisition of REALVIZ, a company that he co-founded to develop photogrammetry software and solutions.

UAVs are becoming increasingly cheaper and easier to fly and can carry equipment ranging from small GoPros to more expensive digital SLRs and video cameras. Some companies have already embraced such capturing devices to monitor their construction sites or to do roof layouts for new equipment.

Published almost 2 years ago, Perth’s own Tim Lucas from develops autonomous unmanned systems and payloads. He made the video below to demonstrate how UAV’s carrying photogrammetry payloads can be used across the industry.

The data in this video was gathered using 2 types of “DINGO” VTOL UAVs designed by Tim.
“This kind of data can also be gathered on larger areas, with increased precision, this is just a small teaser. The basics of what I am demonstrating is the ability to generate an accurate 3D model representation of anything that you fly over.”
More videos and information to follow…
To get in touch with Tim, contact:, Perth, Western Australia

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The future is near. prefabAUS and more!


 As I blogged previously, I presented yesterday afternoon in the “BIM” workshop of the inaugural conference for prefabAUS to a filled room with my fellow presenters Michael Skelton (AECOM), Rhys Hall (Designinc) and Damien Crough (HICKORY).

Some great discussion ensued and some great “lessons learnt” were shared. I have included the link to my presentation here: AAM_prefabAUS_Presentation_MR 

but I am assured by Sarah Backhouse that the other presentations will be posted shortly.

One of the interesting “chance meetings” was with Dr Elliot Duff, Stream Leader at CSIRO but better introduced as one of the “Fathers of Zebedee”.

For those that arent aware of Zebedee, its a ground breaking mobile (handheld) laser scanner which was developed in Australia and now commercially available to the world.

For some more examples of what it can achieve, see below.

or the direct youtube link here;

Dr Elliot provided some further information about the device here: as well as some amazing insights to the potential use of the Google Tango project.

The future is near.

prefabAUS Inaugural Conference 2014



I will be taking part in the inaugural prefabAUS conference tomorrow along with BIM advocates from DesignInc, AECOM and Hickory.

prefabAUS Inaugural Conference 2014

Australia, along with many countries around the world, is changing the way it builds.

As the off-site construction sector begins to expand rapidly, this Conference is timed to bring together key representatives from all related areas for the first time; from architecture, engineering, manufacturing, material supply, property development and construction, universities, government agencies and client representatives.

An influential line-up of national and international speakers will cover all approaches to off-site construction, from commercial to residential and across all key infrastructure sectors including health and education.

Our first conference will be a perfect opportunity to learn and share knowledge while making new relationships that last.

Learn from plenary speakers including:

and workshop speakers including: