MelBIM: Thursday 31st August - Sponsored by HP Australia

RMIT Melbourne, Bldg 80 (SAB) Swanston St

Lecture Theatre 80.07.01

Thurs 31st August

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

4 Presentations

Industry Leaders Sharing BIM Knowledge

FREE to Attend

Registration essential.

August Event Schedule

Registration essential to attend. Tickets available below

The August MelBIM Event is sponsored by HP Australia

The MelBIM August 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.

The MelBIM Committee

Event Sponsor – HP Australia

Hewlett-Packard’s vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere — every person, every organization, and every community around the globe. This motivates us — inspires us — to do what we do. To make what we make. To invent, and to reinvent. To engineer experiences that amaze. We won’t stop pushing ahead, because you won’t stop pushing ahead. You’re reinventing how you work. How you play. How you live. With our technology, you’ll reinvent your world.


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 - A quick tour of Content Management Solutions – Mark Abrahams: BIM Manager at dwp


Content management is a major factor for practices wishing to maintain a quality library that is easy for staff to use. We will take a quick tour of the various content or library management solutions available, the benefits of these and why we chose UNIFI as the best fit for our practice.

Speaker Bio

With over 20 years’ experience with leading architectural practices in Sydney and London, Mark Abrahams has an impressive portfolio, both locally and internationally. He is responsible for development, training and implementation to maximise dwp’s BIM and Revit capabilities. His passion and in depth understanding of collaborative technology and its application, combined with his broad project and technical experience, assists him in successfully integrating BIM into our projects. Mark’s vision is to align design with innovation. He has accomplished this through extensive project experience including large scale sports work, world renowned stadiums and Sydney Olympic event overlay work. He is currently involved in several major complex developments around Australia and Asia.

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18:20 - Forensic BIM: What have they given us? – Scott Beazley: Digital Technology Manager at Mitchell Brandtman


We all receive models from other people, but important questions immediately arise:

  • Are they the appropriate format and version?
  • What content is in them?
  • Is the information we need to use within them?
  • Did you get what you were promised, expected, contracted to receive?
  • Are there better ways to specify the required content of models?
  • Are there better ways to validate the content and structure of models?

Methods for investigating models will be presented with examples from industry projects from ArchiCAD, AECOsim and Revit. The application of Solibri Model Checker in forensic process will also be covered.

Speaker Bio

Scott Beazley is Mitchell Brandtman’s dedicated 5D Digital Technologies Manager. He, an architect by background, applies his knowledge of Revit, ArchiCAD and Solibri Model Checker to check and validate models received from other consultants for quantification by Quantity Surveyors. This involves the interrogation of model structure, model objects and their properties to suit project requirements. Scott has presented at a RTC\BILT in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. He had been a member of buildingSMART for over 10 years, works with IFC’s, has taught CAD and BIM in technical colleges and universities, and is\was a BrisBIM committee member. He also currently works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Sustainable Building Research Centre at the University of Wollongong.

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18:40 - Common Data Environment in a working world – Suibhne (Siv) Cullen: Technical Director at Mott MacDonald


A pragmatic look at the ‘Common Data Environment’ (CDE) in the real world. Siv will run through the concept of CDE process derived from BS/PAS1192 and how this is applied on current large transport projects across Australia.

Speaker Bio

Lyrical waxer, optimistic futurist and digital life coach. Siv is an innovation and technologies professional working in the construction industry. Engaging with and advising clients on the ongoing evolution that is BIM & IPD within Infrastructure and Built Environments. He acts as a digital life coach helping people understand the ongoing changes to how we work.

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19:00 - Applications of BIM in Urban Planning – Ben Foster: ESD Engineer at Moreland City Council


As government planning processes gradually (and belatedly) move to digital platforms, opportunities are emerging to improve the planning process for all stakeholders. BIM platforms offer a multitude of tools to integrate new developments into neighbourhoods, optimise environmental performance and communicate compliance with planning regulations in more transparent and engaging ways.

This presentation explores some of the ways that BIM is being harnessed to improve the quality of developments, improve community consultation opportunities, and provide invaluable tools to guide the strategic planning of our cities.

Speaker Bio

Ben Foster is a Sustainability Engineer with 10 years’ experience in green building design, building physics analysis and sustainable design in the planning process. He has worked extensively integrating environmental analysis workflows into BIM processes and is passionate about the application of parametric environmental design to all levels of development.

After almost a decade in consulting Ben is currently with Moreland City Council delivering their in-house sustainable buildings implementation and working with developers to improve ESD standards for all new developments.

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19:20 - Creating Perfect Places BIM – Wolfgang Hass: Principal Expert at Siemens Building Technologies


Infrastructure & Cities – Building Technologies – Building Automation

Speaker Bio

Wolfgang Hass is a senior executive and visionary with over 30 years of experience in innovation management and hands on development in a broad scale of automation technologies including energy efficiency and conservation as well as hard and software for a variety of  professional applications. In his current role as Senior Program Manager BIM Wolfgang Hass is guiding all strategic global technology developments on building efficiency and sustainability.

Prior to his current position Mr. Hass held a variety of management positions and executive functions of increasing responsibility and expertise within Siemens and other technology companies.

A well respected and sought after speaker on energy efficiency topics, Wolfgang earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Automation Technology from the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences.

When he is not busy tweaking out his latest ideas or keeping his employees hyped-up with unusual ideas, you will find him spending time with his wife and his two sons. His hobbies include sailing, paragliding, powered flights, model flight, and of course, building automation.

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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.

19:50 - Networking: Food and Drinks Thanks to Our Sponsor HP

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…


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.

Collaborate-ANZ: ‘Affiliate Groups’

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.


The MelBIM Committee

Want To Know Who's Driving MelBIM?


Luke Johnston

Executive Committee Member

GM, AUS/NZ | BIM Content Specialist

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Nicholas Broadbent

Executive Committee Member

Owner | BIM Consultant
BIM Edge

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Julia Allen

Executive Committee Member

BIM Manager

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Will Joske

BIM Development Manager
i2C Architects / BIM Academy

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Steve Appleby

BIM Practice Lead, ANZ

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Peter Goodman

Autodesk Development Manager
Waterman AHW

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Guillermo Aranda-Mena

Associate Professor
Property Construction & Project Management

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Franz Hein

Group Design Technology Specialist
Woods Bagot

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Frank Boukamp

Program Manager for Construction Management

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Chris Houghton

VDC/ BIM Manager
Mushan Architects
Building Data Consultants

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Brad Strauss

BIM Manager

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