Category Archives: BIM in Construction

Tekla is BuildingOn with BuildingPoint ANZ


As a long time supporter of talkBIM and ThinkBIM, I was pleased to receive confirmation on Friday that Pacific Computing are combining their Tekla expertise and solutions with Trimble’s BuildingPoint ANZ. Paul McLeod joins as the Structures Division Manager for BuildingPoint, completing the Design, Build and Operate (DBO) lifecycle that BuildingPoint provides.

“From the office, to the jobsite, and everywhere in between, BuildingPoint will offer you specific solutions no matter what your role or what stage of the DBO lifecycle you operate in.”

While other vendors may claim to support the ubiquitous BIMcycle, given the depth of the products that Trimble now own and support, you would be be hard pressed to find a more complete DBO portfolio.


“As a contact of Pacific Computing, we wanted you to be among the first to know that we are now part of BuildingPoint Australia and New Zealand (BuildingPoint).

This means that as at 17 September 2014, BuildingPoint became the exclusive Tekla distributor in Australia and New Zealand and the company Pacific Computing ceased to operate.

BuildingPoint, the global distribution channel for Trimble Buildings’ design, build and operate solutions, is the beginning of something really exciting and we’re looking forward to introducing you to a much broader range of solutions.

You can find more details on the Pacific Computing website and the BuildingPoint website, or please feel free to contact me. We’ll be in touch again soon as BuildingPoint.


Paul McLeod
Manager – Structures Division


Office: +61 7 3503 5884



Almost BIMfamous! B1M writes about BIM Down Under

Hopefully by now most of my readership (and/or known BIMuniverse) have downloaded and read the second edition of the B1M Mail by the team at B1M. A great read guaranteed as they say.


I was privileged to supply some content and thoughts to Fred’s OpEd piece regarding B1M in the Lucky Country, although (understandably) he rejected all of my pun worthy titles for the article.

As reward or punishment, he also featured me on Page 4. Not quite the Page 3 spread I was used to reading on the hot tube rides home from work when I was a humble Architectural Technician for the now long defunct Hamilton Associates, but still better then actually talking to someone sitting next you.

Well done to Fred and Tom (and the range of contributors and sponsors) and looking forward to the third issue.

For those who haven’t read it yet … click here to register and enjoy!



Frankly, this is huge BIMnews! Perhaps. Trimble signs deal with Frank Gehry.

“This merger is a dream for me. In Trimble, we find a partner who has like-minded ambitions and goals to create efficiencies in the AEC industry that allow the creativity of the architectural profession to flourish and deliver value-added creative solutions within the realities of our economic times. I am very excited to expand our mission with a great new partner,” said Frank Gehry.  

In the complete history of BIM, will this quote above will be studied, dissected, deconstructed and translated in doctorates and research papers across the globe? Is this the moment when the BIMpower was seismically shifted to a new axis of influence when a new technological force declared its hand on a world stage? Perhaps.

Or is this merger simply an outcome of the “realities of our economic times” and Trimble being the only firm willing to buy up that which Autodesk, Bentley and Dassault have already “danced with”.

Time will tell.




Trimble and Frank Gehry Announce Strategic Alliance to
Transform the Way the Construction Industry Works

SUNNYVALE and LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Frank Gehry announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As part of the alliance, Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies, the software and consulting services business that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry’s visionary designs while keeping cost and schedule in line for his clients.

The alliance combines deep Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry experience with advanced construction technology to empower visionary designers such as Gehry Partners to build groundbreaking projects on time, under budget and without change orders—enabling designers, builders and operators to collaborate more efficiently.

“This merger is a dream for me. In Trimble, we find a partner who has like-minded ambitions and goals to create efficiencies in the AEC industry that allow the creativity of the architectural profession to flourish and deliver value-added creative solutions within the realities of our economic times. I am very excited to expand our mission with a great new partner,” said Frank Gehry.  

“We are honored to enter into an association with Frank,” said Steven W. Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble. “His unique architectural vision has always challenged the conventional. Equally impactful are his views on the potential for transforming the entire design-build-operate continuum. Gehry Technologies has been key in allowing Frank to realize the potential of his designs without compromising cost or schedule. Together, we expect that our common commitment and our combined capabilities will accelerate the adoption of technology in this trillion-dollar industry with resulting breakout benefits. We are delighted with the prospect of working with Frank as he continues his strong personal advocacy for change in the construction industry.”

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Gehry Technologies is an AEC technology company that provides design and project management solutions, consulting services and project collaboration software tools. Gehry Technologies solutions include GTeam™ software, a Web-based 3D file management and project collaboration platform, building information modeling (BIM) technology as well as advanced project delivery services for leading owners, architects, engineers, builders, fabricators and industry professionals worldwide. The solutions allow customers of all sizes to communicate more effectively, improve design and construction quality, and accelerate project cycle times.

Gehry Technologies’ consulting services aid in the design, execution and management of the build environment. With a globally distributed team of architects, engineers, builders and computer scientists, the company delivers solutions that define and optimize project delivery processes and tools, enabling creative architecture with integrated engineering, high-precision fabrication and assembly, and improved risk management.

The combination of Gehry Technologies solutions and professional services with Trimble’s broad technology portfolio in positioning, BIM, analytics and visualization, automated machine guidance and real-time telematics accelerates total lifecycle solutions that will allow architects, engineers, contractors and owners to access data captured during the building planning, design, construction and renovation phases, providing deeper insight, better operating decisions and better asset performance.

Gehry Technologies will be reported in Trimble’s Engineering and Construction Segment. Financial terms were not disclosed.

About Gehry Technologies

Gehry Technologies grew out of the pioneering efforts of Frank Gehry and his team at Gehry Partners to adapt methods derived from the aerospace and automotive industries to complex projects of architecture, engineering and construction. By working in a shared 3D digital environment and collaborating across disciplines to bring fabrication expertise into the design process, Gehry Partners achieved unprecedented projects while realizing tight control of budgets, schedules and quality.

Gehry Technologies was established in 2002 to advance and share the development of these methods. Since then, the company has become an international leader in technology-driven project delivery. It provides Web-based 3D project collaboration, BIM technology and advanced project delivery services to leading owners, architects, engineers, builders, fabricators and industry professionals worldwide, allowing customers of all sizes to communicate more effectively, improve design and construction quality and accelerate project cycle times. The company currently maintains a staff of architects, engineers, builders and computer scientists in offices in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Seoul and Sydney.

In addition to assisting in the design, engineering and construction of Gehry Partners projects such as Fondation Louis Vuitton, New World Center and Eight Spruce Street, Gehry Technologies has provided services for major projects including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York (Diller Scofidio + Renfro); Beijing National Stadium (Herzog & de Meuron); Louvre Abu Dhabi (Ateliers Jean Nouvel); KAUST Solar Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (HOK); Projecto Marina, Mexico City (Juan Pablo Serrano); and One East Island, Hong Kong (Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.).

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About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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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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:

BIM MEP AUS wraps to rapturous applause





The 2014 BIM MEP AUS Construction Innovation Forum wrapped on Friday night as a great success and a credit the organisers and supporters.

BIM MEP AUS and ACMA Executive Director Sumit Oberoi acknowledged several of the speakers which contributed to the outstanding quality of the event.

“Thank you Tyler Goss, James Barrett, Christopher Di Iorio, Andy Sneyd, Steve Butler, Dennis Rodriguez, Marcus Fich, Jeff Leighton, Tim Lowery for outstanding international keynote addresses and panel discussions at this years forum.”

As a measure of the industry support (national and international) that the event has garnered, below are a few of the commentators with thats to Linkedin.

Geoff Thew (Senior BIM Coordinator – Major projects at A.G.Coombs) big thanks to you & your team, without your tireless efforts this event would not have happened or been such a great success

Dennis Rodriguez (BIM Enterprise Manager at AECOM) Agreed! Despite market forces, economic pressures and the like, your association has risen a global leader in establishment a standard for an entire industry to follow!

Chris Houghton (BIM / Construction Data Manager at Peddle Thorp/HSPC)  Industry forums like this really help to break down the silo structures that beset out industry. They take an enormous amount of effort to deliver and when you add in that a lot of the work with the template is world leading stuff, the AMCA and the broader local industry have a lot to be proud of. Congrats to Sumit and the team.

Marcus Fich (Business Development Manager – Global Market Segment at Grundfos Management A/S) Thank you for putting this one together. A very rewarding and inspiring forum!

Dominik Holzer (Owner, AEC Connect Australia) Again, the BIM-MEP Aus forum has proven to be the incubator of technological advance and innovation across our construction industry. The AMCA is taking a leading role globally with a strong business case for their members & associated organisations. Sumit and his team hit a perfect balance, covering down to earth deliverables and a greater vision that is unparalleled elsewhere! Well done, I’m so glad I was able to be part of this! See you all online & back again at the forum in 2015! Dominik

My presentation on behalf of AAM “Achieving BIM Certainty Through Reality Capture” was well received (I believe … ) and I hope to be able to repost it here when its available.

Stay tuned .. and start planning to attend the Construction Innovation Forum 2015!!


‘Tis the Conference Season After All …

LCIAU 4th National Con

I did make a blog entry a few weeks ago acknowledging some value-for-money AEC Conferences on the horizon. Lets hope the days of the $2K+ “Bloated BIM Events” are over and the $1000 to sub-$1000 conference is now becoming the norm.

One of the sub $1K events is the 4th Australian Lean Construction Conference at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 12th – 14th August 2014. Arranged by one of the BDO “original band members” Mr Levi Naas, this is the annual event for the Lean Construction Institute of Australia.

The Lean Construction Institute Australia is a not-for-profit organisation led by a cross section of industry representatives in the gas, oil, mining, and building construction fields that are driving transformation and productivity improvement across Australia through Lean project delivery.

The theme for 2014 is Smarter and Leaner Projects in Australia. This event brings together global best practices from internationally acclaimed practitioners and innovative technologies to overcome the challenges facing the industry today.  With Australia’s competition increasing and project costs spiraling, every company’s goal has become to adopt “lean” as a culture.

Click here for registration options.

LCI Australian Lean Construction Conference +  RFID in Energy, Mining & Construction

  • Pass includes access to shared LCI Australian Lean Construction Conference and RFID in Energy, Mining and Construction plenary sessions on 12 August
  • All RFID in Energy, Mining and Construction sessions on 12 August
  • All LCI Australian Lean Construction Conference sessions on 12 – 13 August
  • Exhibit area access on 12 – 13 August
  • All morning tea, lunch and afternoon teas on 12 – 13 August
  • Welcome reception on 12 August
  • Access to conference presentations and video recordings post event
Regular Registration 28 June – 8 August $699 + 10% GST
On-Site Registration After 08 August $849 + 10% GST


International and National Speakers have been sourced by the Lean Construction Institute of Western Australia for their unique combination of academic and industry expertise as well as outstanding presentation abilities.  See a selection of our Speakers below:

Keynote Speakers

  • Mr Robert Edwardes, Woodside Executive Vice President Development
  • Mr Matthew Saunders, Procurement Operations Manager, Bechtel
  • Mr Olivier Legrand, McKinsey Director and Leader of the Capital Productivity Practice
  • Mr Kevin Gallagher, CEO and Managing Director, Clough Limited
  • Mr Gary Downs, Shell Lean Deployment Manager, Europe & Canada

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Glenn Ballard, Co-founder of the International Group for Lean Construction and the USA Lean Construction Institute and Director of the Project Production Systems Laboratory, University of California Berkley.
  • Dr Roberto Cruz – Petrobras/CENPES Coordinator, Technological Program of Offshore Logistics, Brazil
  • Mr Jeroen Buren, Woodside Energy Senior Vice President Production
  • Ms Amanda Warren, Managing Partner, Constructing Excellence New Zealand
  • Captain Jonathan Sadleir, RAN, Commanding Officer of NUSHIP Canberra
  • Mr Mike Miketon, Corporate Controls Project Manager, JV Driver Fabrication Canada
  • Mr Dale Beard, Intelliwave Technologies President and Co-Founder, Canada
  • Dr Michael Thurlbeck, Regional Director – Asia, Stapleton International Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Professor Kerry London, RMIT University Acting Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning and Professor of Construction Management, School of Property, Construction and Project Management
  • Mr Gavin Kleinhans, Senior Legal Counsel, INPEX
  • Mr Jon Stone, Regional Director, Brookfield Multiplex
  • Mr Robin Mikaelsson, Senior Consultant, Bentley Systems
  • Mr Hoon Kiang Tan, Lead Specialist, Subsea and Drilling, Lloyds Register Global Technology Centre Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Mr Carlo Sotocinal, Business Development Manager, Aveva Asia Pacific, Kuala Lumpur