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Contributed by Monike Oliveira, Viewpoint Lead Development Specialist, Australia

Sydney Build Expo 2016

This year’s Sydney Build, held the 10 -11 of March, was held in a beautiful industrial area just a 5-minute walk from Redfern Station in central Sydney –The Australian Technology Park (ATP). ATP is a unique place that reminds me of the Viewpoint office headquarters – a modern, renovated building in a booming industrial area located in Portland, Oregon – USA.

The weather during the conference was incredibly hot and humid. Nevertheless, that did not hinder the exhibitors nor the attendees’ commitment to the event. Sydney Build offered information on the latest construction projects, trends, developments and investment opportunities to be found in New South Wales and Sydney – the building capital of Australia.

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Key Happenings at the Event
During the “Meet the Contractors Workshop”, several industry leaders discussed the latest developments, challenges and opportunities in Sydney and for the Australian construction industry as a whole. Attendees included: Warwick Johnson, Director of NSW/QLD, Brookfield Multiplex Australasia; David Alessi, NSW Chapter President, Australian Institute Buildings & Business Development Manager; Greenpoint Construction Group; and Hylton Bloch, Projects Director at Lahey Constructions (a Viewpoint Construction Software customer).

Participants shared their insights, experiences and ideas of how technology is important and how BIM & collaboration tools and solutions are helping companies deliver higher quality construction projects in an efficient manner. The workshop covered the current construction market, as well as the future of the market and their commentary and insights made it easier to understand how technology plays a significant role in the construction industry. Lahey Projects Director, Hylton Bloch, offered: “I love the technology we have available at the moment.”

Additional topics discussed included BIM, going paperless, collaboration and GPS location defect management as well as 3D models, 3D printing, 3D scanning, drones, 3D Virtual Reality Construction Site, and prefabrication.

John Adams, Viewpoint Product Manager, Architect, and all round BIM & collaborative software solutions expert, participated in the BIM Open panel discussion. The panel discussed how important BIM & collaboration solutions are for this growing, global industry. John, who lives and works in the UK, shared his experiences on how the construction market in the UK is reacting and adapting to the BIM Level 2 mandate by the UK government.

Sydney Build 2016 provided a well-organized event that brought together many skilled, experienced and knowledgeable people under the same roof to understand how we all can work together for the betterment of the construction industry in Australia.





Back in 2007 BS1192 set out the processes to be followed within a common data environment (CDE) for collaboratively sharing information.

The PAS for 1192-2, the CAP-EX (Construction and Design period) or for PAS1192-3 the OP-EX (the strategic and operational period) both refer back to 2007 and say that the same process must be used for sharing information within the common data environment – and that information is not just models, it’s everything – documents, drawings, data and model files.

The following diagram shows the process to be followed:


Everything starts with Work In Progress (WIP) – and this is only viewable to you and your company. But the standard is very clear that this information should be loaded onto the CDE and this is because the checks and processes of approval within your own company should still be recorded so if at any stage in the future there is a problem it is possible to go back and examine whether those processes actually took place.

Once WIP gets a ‘shared’ status other members of the Design and Construction team can see your work – it may be shared for coordination and clash detection (or any process that requires input from somebody else). You’ve also got the possibility to make your work ‘Client Shared’ – which means that this particular piece of work which is not the finished article is visible to the client for approval or comment.

Once a piece of work has been through the ‘Shared’ process, everybody has made their comments and the work has been coordinated and clash detected it may become suitable for publishing. ‘Published’ means the work is the finished item of work relating to a specific client deliverable – such as a planning application, a construction status document, model or drawing – or any of the other deliverables as defined by the client.

The work could also go to the ‘Client Published’ status which means that it is actually passed over to the client’s asset information system. Or finally, it could go to ‘Archive’ which is when a piece of work has become superseded or out of date.

One of the most powerful tools we have within ‘Viewpoint For Projects’ is our Work Flow Tool and it’s commonly used by design teams and contractors for approval processes and lean work flows too – some of them very complex – and of course we can use it for the 1192 workflow as well.

We’ve worked closely with Mervyn Richards, the author of BS1192, to make sure we have workflows in place which can take you through those various stages – WIP, Shared, Published and Archived. Each uploaded item (model, drawing, document or data) is given a BS 1192 suitability status by the uploader and these link the item to the appropriate workflow.

So here is the WIP workflow:


You can see that the first thing an uploader does is confirm that they have linked a particular item to the Task Information Delivery Plan (TIDP) of that particular company – meaning it is visible to your team members. There are then two checks – a check for suitability in terms of your CAD Standards and for the suitability of the content – once those checks have been made the item remains on the system as WIP.

This next work flow takes an item which has been given a ‘Shared’ status through a ‘Shared’ or ‘Client Shared’ work flow.


The first node asks somebody to determine whether it should go to ‘Shared’ (your team members will see this) or ‘Client Shared’ (your client will see this too) and then again there are a series of approval stages to go through. At the conclusion of these approvals, a link is made between the particular item being dealt with and the Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP) – so now everybody knows that this particular item has been delivered at a ‘Shared Status’ to the MIDP – it’s visible to everybody.

Once an item has been through the ‘Shared Work Flow’ it will become visible either to the other members of your Design and Constriction team or if it’s going through the ‘Client Shared’ to the other members of the Design and Construction team and the client.

The next workflow takes a similar process for an item to come through to ‘Published’ – either published as the finished article for your team or published and passed over to the client:


At any stage within these processes, a particular reviewer can reject the item – in which case the uploader will get a notification and will be asked to make certain amendments to that item.

Finally, we have a workflow to take items through to archive:


At the completion of the workflow, each item is linked to the work stage in which it relates which makes for quick and easy viewing.


2016 is now upon us!

In May 2011, the Government’s construction strategy announced an ambitious set of measures aimed at transforming the construction industry. In the years since then, the Government have produced a raft of documents and standards to help the industry with the transformation – but the main things they have been doing is looking inward to the major Government commissioning departments, making sure that they are ready to be a good BIM client.

The UK construction is really important to our economy – it’s over 7% of GDP – £100Bn to £110Bn per year – and of that, 40% is expenditure by the Government. In other words, the UK Government in its 8 major commissioning departments, is our biggest client in the construction industry.

In the BIM Technologies Alliance, we’ve been told that already there is £11Bn worth of work (not including HS2 and other large expenditure items), out in the market with BIM Level 2 deliverable already. By April 2016 the vast majority of the remaining annual expenditure will be going out to the market with contractual BIM deliverable. We’ve also been told that by October 2016, the resulting information passed back by the supply chain to the government will be validated – in other words they will be making checks to make sure that the information we deliver back to them is what they were expecting.

Remember, that the hard deliverables (how we deliver hard assets) have a long established methodology to ensure that the client gets what they asked for. This is about the soft deliverables – so models, documents and data – being clearly defined by the Government client and we as the construction teams supplying that information back to them as they want it and at the time they want it.

We have a choice as an industry now. We can either decide that this particular Government work isn’t important to us and we can continue to work as we always have done or we make the changes.

A lot of the industry has been making the effort in the last few years getting themselves ready for delivering BIM level 2. However, it’s undeniable that there is a vast portion of the industry which is not yet prepared and this is why we need to make this key decision – do we go ahead or don’t we?

We also need to remember that the journey doesn’t stop with 2016. The Government’s 2025 paper makes it clear that costs are to be reduced by 33% over the whole life of an asset. We will be expected to deliver our projects 50% faster. Carbon emissions will be reduced by 50%. And, through upskilling the industry, we’ve be told that by 2025 that exports from the construction sector will have to increase by 50%.

At Viewpoint, we’re here to help you on your journey to achieving BIM Level 2.


Viewpoint recognises the importance of being able to rely on a partner who actively listens and continually improves its software, thereby enhancing the way you can do business. That’s why Viewpoint spends a considerable amount of time listening to customers and evolving software to better meet the needs of the market.

The newest version of Viewpoint For Projects was released on October 10th and you’re invited to learn about changes to the product and how they benefit you. This week Sales Engineer Ben Wallbank explores the EIR/BEP Tool:

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