UPDATED – DDS-CAD MEP: Finally we have a choice … Open(BIM) for Business

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It seems that DDS-CAD (MEP) is finally being released in Australia. The entity IC3D is being rebranded as Central Innovations (website forth coming), and in doing so is hold events in Sydney and Melbourne to launch DDS-CAD. Details for the Sydney event are in the graphic below, and Melbourne event to be posted shortly (I hope).

DDS is considered as one of the pioneers of Building Information Modeling (BIM). The DDS-CAD product suite supports this innovative approach to building design since its introduction. DDS was founded in 1984 in Norway. Since then DDS stands for precision, quality and innovation. Across Europe, the company is a market leader with more than 13.500 active installations of its flagship product DDS-CAD, software for Mechnical, Electrical and Plumbing design (MEP).

Since November 2013, DDS operates as a subsidiary of the Munich based NEMETSCHEK AG.

Melbourne:
Thursday 30th July
195 Wellington Road, Clayton, VIC
Phone to register: t: +61 3 8562 3457

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Sydney:
Tuesday 28th July
77 Allingham Street, Condell Park, NSW
Phone to register: t: +61 3 8562 3457

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Central innovation hosts the first of a series of seminars on DDS CAD in Sydney and Melbourne next week. The events are aimed at engaging the MEP sector in a productive conversation on how we can help shape the future of Australia’s construction space.

Who is Central Innovations?

We are the parent company of both the Intercad and Graphisoft (Australia) brands.We help our customers develop their design process and systems by deploying the world’s most capable design and 3D modelling software. We enhance this with specialist consulting, ongoing training, plus access to industry focused recruitment on top of supplying the world’s fastest design oriented hardware. Whether you work on the design of manufactured products or in the construction space, we have you covered across your entire design process.

Data Design System (DDS) has convinced customers worldwide with its proven CAD/BIM software for MEP project design. Regarding innovation and functionality, DDS delivers solutions for electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and photovoltaic systems. All DDS-CAD products support the Open BIM design process.

To celebrate DDS-CAD’s 30 year in the industry, they re-released this footage. Really, they shouldn’t have.

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BuildSA. #weBIMasone SOLD OUT!

Build-SA session: Documentation and Deliverables is SOLD OUT.
That’s right, two sessions in a row have now sold out.. All attendees should have now received an email with final venue details but for those who have not you can access this information in our blog by clicking HERE

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A BIMshout-out to the team at BuildSA (great name, wonder where that came from?) as they look to kick off the second session of the BuildSA seminar series. If you are in Adelaide, do-yourself-a-favour and get along to hear from the BIM leaders in your state. #weBIMasone

http://build-sa.com.au/

Session 02: Documentation and Deliverables: July 22
Only a few tickets left. Last Chance. To purchase click HERE to go to our website.
This next session is about delivering BIM on projects. Speakers will be presenting innovative solutions to help you work in a changing industry.

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Session 02: Documentation and Deliverables Part 1
Directors | Project Leaders | BIM Leaders

JULY 22: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The content list for the next topic is so huge we have split it across two sessions. Also the venue now shifts to the University of South Australia’s City West campus.
You asked, we delivered. Feedback from the first event told us the breakout sessions were great and people want more of them. We have made the workshop sessions longer to give more time for content and discussion. And yes we are working on the coffee too…..

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Where’s the BIMWally? MelBIM highlights video posted

Following on for their sell-out third event last week, it’s great to be able to “Spotlight” the fantastic work of the MelBIM committee and supporters, most succinctly captured in the recent highlight video below.

Take the time to watch the video and count the amount of BIMWallys’ making these events great.

MelBIM is a not for profit group based in Melbourne, Australia that seeks to bring together the built environment community of Victoria, to share and exchange thoughts and knowledge relating to technology and innovation across the AEC+FM industry, with a particular focus on BIM.

The primary vehicle for achieving our objectives is the hosting of a bi-monthly event held at RMIT, Swanston Academic Building (SAB), City Campus. MelBIM events are free to attend and include education-based presentations from industry leaders on a wide range of BIM-related subjects.

Attendees of these events are provided a fantastic opportunity to network and engage with other professionals from backgrounds including Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Facility Management, Manufacturing, Planning, Quantity Surveying, Software Development/Vendors, AEC Services, Product Sales / Retail, Education and Government.

Video created by Spotlight Productions http://www.spotlightproductions.com.au/  Posted June 9th 2015

Construct15 Announces Aconex as Silver Sponsor

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Construct15 is proud to welcome back Aconex as Silver Sponsors for 2015.

Aconex, the Australian success story now told the world over, has been a part of The BIM Day Out since the very beginning, with their co-founder Rob Philpot making the journey and speaking with attendees at the first BDO in 2013.

Aconex wholeheartedly believes that BIM provides better coordination and more complete information for O&M. However, the barrier to success has been that 90% of the project team, and most project information processes, are disconnected from the model. Without the participation of all stakeholder organisations on a project, a complete audit trail of documentation and correspondence cannot be linked to the model. Enter Connect BIM from Aconex, providing project-wide, controlled access to the BIM model via the cloud. Construct15 delegates will get the opportunity to see this new, exciting solution from Aconex.

Aconex provides the #1 cloud solution to manage information and processes for the world’s largest construction and engineering projects. Aconex gives owners and contractors in the construction, infrastructure, and energy and resources sectors project-wide visibility and control between the many different organizations collaborating across their projects.

With more than 500,000 users and over US$1 trillion of project value delivered in 70 countries, Aconex is the industry’s most widely adopted and trusted platform. The company’s global customer base includes nine of the top ten engineering, procurement and construction (EPC/EPCM) firms, 23 of the 25 largest global design firms, and nearly all Fortune 500 construction and engineering companies. Founded in 2000, Aconex has 40 offices throughout the world, including headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and San Francisco, California.

Scratching the surface of BIM

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A cloud-based database of UK geological and geotechnical data and 3D ground models could soon become a reality, thanks to new research led by geotechnical data company Keynetix and the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The two year, £540,000 BIM for the subsurface project is funded by Innovate UK under its Digitising the Construction Industry initiative.

As well as Keynetix and BGS, the project team includes consultant Atkins and Building Information Modelling (BIM) pioneer Autodesk.

“This project will lead to a step-change in how the BGS delivers its data and models to the geotechnical engineering and construction sectors,” said BGS director of environmental modelling Kate Royse. “It builds on an increasingly open and accessible wealth of information in the BGS National Geoscience Data Centre.”

Keynetix technical director Gary Morin, who is leading the research team, added: “Unforeseen ground conditions continue to be a major cause of project delays and construction programme overruns.

“A big problem is the limited availability of high quality geotechnical data, which is stored mainly in project archives. If this was publically-available, construction teams could access better data, site investigations would be more focused and ground risk reduced, saving time and money.

“Including 3D interpretative models in the cloud will also make it possible to plan investigations in 3D. An added benefit is that the use of geotechnical data in Building Information Modelling should also grow.”

BGS team leader Holger Kessler said: “BGS has been at the forefront of geological data management, visualisation and delivery for some time. What makes this project special is that it will provide us with direct links to geologists and engineers on the ground. We are very excited about the potential positive impact on the construction process.”

According to Morin, one of the biggest sticking points of incorporating geotechnical data in BIM is that many geotechnical teams are reluctant to share interpreted data with the wider project team, because they are worried it will be misused.

“We hope this research will help alleviate those concerns, improving collaboration and data sharing,” he said. “This will lead to a more complete understanding of the ground, resulting in more informed decision-making throughout the lifetime of a project.”

Results of the research are scheduled to be published in 2017 but the research team expects to release regular updates as the work progresses.

The Best in the West: CONSTRUCT15 Speakers Announced

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The Construct15 event next month is shaping up to be the biggest undertaking of its kind, uniting professionals and academics in the fields of Construction, Manufacturing, Resources, Technology and BIM like never before.

The speaker list continues to grow, but already the line-up brings together practioners from across the globe and across industries for a common cause: Global Knowledge, Global Solutions

But dont take our word for is, below is the welcome message from the Construct15 chairs, the esteemed Mr Martijn Truijens and Professor Xiangyu Wang.

“IT GIVES US GREAT PLEASURE TO INVITE YOU TO ATTEND CONSTRUCT15 – GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS. CONSTRUCT15 INCORPORATING THE 23RD IGLC CONFERENCE IS TO BE HELD FROM 28 – 31 JULY 2015 AT THE PERTH CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE. THE CONSTRUCT15 CONFERENCE IS BEING HELD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

The IGLC conference is the world’s leading conference on advances in construction practices, innovative technologies and first class research. The theme for Construct15 is “Global Knowledge – Global Solutions” which reflects the importance of shared knowledge for industry improvement.

It is clear that the global construction industry is fast-changing, driven by changes to the world economic environment and demographic growth. In order to deliver value  and maintain competitiveness, the construction industry will need to develop its capabilities for managing innovation and technical changes to construction practices.

Over four days Construct15 will bring together the best of world lean construction experts and practitioners. Through presentations of best practices, key leader panel discussions, significant case studies, workshops, professional and academic papers, and product demonstrations, you will have an exceptional opportunity to share in how construction professionals are addressing the major challenges confronting the construction industry.

In addition you will have invaluable networking opportunities with key leaders from the global construction industry, be able to strengthen existing relationships with colleagues from our industry and meet new acquaintances. This will be complemented by a variety  of social events including a Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.

We are proud to host this International Conference here in Perth, Western Australia. This honour highlights the significance of Western Australia – the construction and mining hub of Australia, in the global construction market, and is acknowledgement of The Lean Construction Institute Australasia and the leadership role it provides in the Australasian construction sectors.

We look forward to welcoming you to Construct15 – Global Knowledge, Global Solutions Conference

Professor Xiangyu Wang Curtin University
Conference Chair

Mr Martijn Truijens Business Development Manager The Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling Curtin University
Conference Chair

The BIM Day Out just got BIGGER and BETTER!

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The worst kept secret in BIM is OUT! The BIM Day Out 2015 is now part of CONSTRUCT15!!

More BIM and BANGS (and BEERs) for your BUCKs! Yes, Its true. The worst kept BIM secret is finally out. The BIM Day Out guys are teaming up with LCIA, IPC and LCIA to be part of the one in a life-time extravaganza which is Construct15!

Bigger, Better, Bolder, BIM!

But dont take our word for is, below is the welcome message from the Construct15 chairs, the esteemed Mr Martijn Truijens and Professor Xiangyu Wang.

“It gives us great pleasure to invite you to attend Construct15 – Global Knowledge, Global Solutions. Construct15 incorporating the 23rd IGLC conference is to be held from 28 – 31 July 2015 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Construct15 conference is being held in partnership with:

The IGLC conference is the world’s leading conference on advances in construction practices, innovative technologies and first class research. The theme for Construct15 is “Global Knowledge – Global Solutions” which reflects the importance of shared knowledge for industry improvement.

It is clear that the global construction industry is fast-changing, driven by changes to the world economic environment and demographic growth. In order to deliver value  and maintain competitiveness, the construction industry will need to develop its capabilities for managing innovation and technical changes to construction practices.

Over four days Construct15 will bring together the best of world lean construction experts and practitioners. Through presentations of best practices, key leader panel discussions, significant case studies, workshops, professional and academic papers, and product demonstrations, you will have an exceptional opportunity to share in how construction professionals are addressing the major challenges confronting the construction industry.

In addition you will have invaluable networking opportunities with key leaders from the global construction industry, be able to strengthen existing relationships with colleagues from our industry and meet new acquaintances. This will be complemented by a variety  of social events including a Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.

We are proud to host this International Conference here in Perth, Western Australia. This honour highlights the significance of Western Australia – the construction and mining hub of Australia, in the global construction market, and is acknowledgement of The Lean Construction Institute Australasia and the leadership role it provides in the Australasian construction sectors.

We look forward to welcoming you to Construct15 – Global Knowledge, Global Solutions Conference

Professor Xiangyu Wang Curtin University
Conference Chair

Mr Martijn Truijens Business Development Manager The Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling Curtin University
Conference Chair