MelBIM: Thurs 22nd Nov - Sponsored by Bentley Systems

RMIT Melbourne, Bldg 80 (SAB) Swanston St

Lecture Theatre 80.07.01

Thurs 22nd Nov

Doors Open 5:15PM Event starts 5:45PM

3 Presentations

Industry Leaders Sharing BIM Knowledge

FREE to Attend!

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November Event Schedule

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The November MelBIM event is sponsored by Bentley Systems

The MelBIM 22nd November event will be hosted at RMIT Swanston Academic Building (SAB), 445 Swanston St, Lecture Theatre 80.07.01. Arrival is from 5:15PM with presentations kicking off at 5:45PM.

Attendance is FREE, drinks and food will be provided but Pre-Event REGISTRATION is Essential. All attendees are required to register prior to the day of the event via the Registration area below. All previous events have booked out in less than a week, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Whether you’re a BIM Manager, Architect, Engineer, Contractor, Facility Manager, Manufacturer, Project Manager or anyone else wanting to learn and share information about BIM, MelBIM events have something for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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About Bentley

At its core, Bentley Systems is a software development company that supports the professional needs of those responsible for creating and managing the world’s infrastructure, including roadways, bridges, airports, skyscrapers, industrial and power plants as well as utility networks.

Bentley delivers solutions for the entire lifecycle of the infrastructure asset, tailored to the needs of the various professions – the engineers, architects, planners, contractors, fabricators, IT managers, operators and maintenance engineers – who will work on and work with that asset over its lifetime.

Comprised of integrated applications and services built on an open platform, each solution is designed to ensure that information flows between workflow processes and project team members to enable interoperability and collaboration.


Arrive early to enjoy a welcome drink and network with other industry leaders before the presentations and formalities begin. Expect to see high representation from Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Facility Management, Academia and all other forms of BIM industry stakeholders.


Take a seat in our awesome venue for the evening. Make yourself comfy and hear from our fantastic event sponsor

18:00 – Eric Bugeja, Principal - Design Engineering, EIC Activities. "CIMIC achieving Kitemark certification to PAS1192, What, Why and How?"






In 2017 CIMIC was the first Australasian company to achieve Kitemark certification from BSi for demonstrating the application of PAS1192 standards for the implementation of Information Management using BIM. This session will discuss why CIMIC has decided to attain certification and what this means for both our internal operating companies, our suppliers and our clients. Discussion will also outline a contractor’s perspective on BIM and how a contractor can benefit from a sound Digital Engineering strategy.

Speaker Bio

Eric has a passion for implementing innovation and technology in a practical way to improve the way people work and live.

Eric’s broad background, ranging from: Manufacturing Automation, Start-up advisor, Design manager on multidisciplinary projects, Project director on rail infrastructure projects and Group Manager of a multidisciplinary Architecture and engineering team, provides him with a unique perspective of the opportunities available through the application of technology across various sectors. Harnessing technology to promote collaboration, improve efficiency of design, speed up construction and improve Asset operation and maintenance.

The biggest barriers to technological change are people. Implementing change requires a combination of understanding the limits of the technology and having enough emotional intelligence to understand the resistance to change.

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18:25 – Shawnee Finlayson, Design Technology Coordinator, BVN. "Auto Layout: a noble goal with small beginnings"








The BVN Sydney studio has individually movable desks. With the ultimate goal of being able to do full layouts automatically, there are a number of sub-tasks that present significant obstacles! This talk will outline what these tasks are, how they relate to each other and how we’ve solved some of them so far.

Our current state is around collecting information about the status quo. The present is surprisingly hard to understand!

We’ll outline how we rebuilt the studio model using a lidar scan, how we’re tracking desks using QR codes, computer vision, beacons and harry potter, how we pass data around using raw JSON for everything, and where all this leads into reinforcement learning and GANNs

Speaker Bio

Shawnee is a National Design Technology Coordinator at BVN Architecture. As a self-professed nerd she has a growing passion for implementing data-driven design processes on projects and using data analysis and visualisation to showcase their advantages. During her 7 years in the Arup Building Structures Team she continually pushed the limits of their software and practices by implementing parametric workflows on a vast range of exciting projects using Dynamo and Grasshopper. It was here that she developed an insatiable need to automate the boring tasks associated with day-to-day activities and she continues to feed this hunger for efficiency at BVN. By combining technology research, data analysis and visualisation, she hopes to establish new data driven design workflows that will have a substantial and positive impact on BVN’s projects.

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18:50 – Daniel Kalnins, Global Head of Digital, Ridley & Willow. "Digital Twins for the Built Environment".







Digital Twins are fast becoming the talk of the town for the AEC world – Willow has managed to take the learnings from Advanced Manufacturing and connect Live Data & IoT sensors to Asset Information for Operations, within a spatial context (be it 3D, GIS etc).

This presentation will focus on how Willow are driving real results from creating and managing Digital Twins in Buildings and Infrastructure right from Design through to Construction and Operations with international and local case studies.

This presentation will focus on the following key areas:

– How Digital Twins and Smart Buildings are changing the landscape and conversations around BIM

– Use Cases in Tall Buildings & Rail Infrastructure through the Willow Twin

– Where to get started for Clients and Projects wanting to create a Digital Twin

Speaker Bio

As the Global Head of Digital for Ridley & Willow, Daniel’s vision is to transform the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, built and operated. He is committed to constantly challenge the status quo and has the practical experience, along with the big picture thinking to make it happen.

Prior to joining Ridley/Willow, Daniel was responsible for developing Digital Engineering throughout the CIMIC Group’s Asia-Pacific operations from Design & Construction through to Facilities Management and has been a key adviser on Digital to Government and Industry both in Australia and overseas.

Daniel also holds over a decade of Design and Construction experience tendering and delivering over $30billion of Engineering projects in the industries of Rail & Road Infrastructure, Buildings, Water, Mining, Oil & Gas and Manufacturing, accompanied by a strong experience in business via a previously owned mobile Apps company.

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It’s fair to say there’s plenty happening in the BIM community at the moment. We’d like to share with you some information from both home and abroad about upcoming BIM events, industry developments and general musings that may be of interest.

19:30 - Networking: Food and Drinks Thanks to Our Sponsor

With the formal part of the evening over, it’s now time to get social. Thanks to our event sponsor, enjoy some complementary ‘BIMbeers’, wine, or soft drink and a casual bite to eat whilst striking up conversation with industry peers and colleagues.


Like they say in the classics, “you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here”. It’s time to head to your next BIM destination for the evening. Until next time…


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What Can You Expect To See At MelBIM?

What Is MelBIM All About?

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.

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MelBIM is a member of Collaborate-ANZ’s ‘Affiliate Groups’. Under the Collaborate-ANZ banner, the Affiliate Groups collaborative aims to facilitate the sharing of information and achievement of mutual objectives between regionalised groups that exist to discuss and promote the virtues of BIM and Design Technology. Collaborate-ANZ also provides a platform for regional issues to be addressed at a national level. As an affiliate member, MelBIM joins the ranks of 11 other groups across Australia and New Zealand.

More information about our involvement can be found on the Collaborate-ANZ website by clicking on the logo below.

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