MelBIM: Wed 21st February - Sponsored by CADGROUP

RMIT Melbourne, Bldg 80 (SAB) Swanston St

Lecture Theatre 80.07.01

Wed 21st February

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

4 Presentations

Industry Leaders Sharing BIM Knowledge

FREE to Attend

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February Event Schedule

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The February MelBIM Event is Sponsored CADGROUP

The MelBIM February 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 – CADGROUP

CADGROUP is a customer centric company with over 27 years of history & tradition dedicated to customer success.

They are the First Autodesk Value Add Reseller to achieve Platinum Status in Australia and now a valued Hewlett-Packard Gold Partner. With technology solutions from more than 20 strategic partners our customers view us and our services as the trusted CAD/BIM advisor to
Architecture • Building Engineering • Construction • Mechanical Engineering • Manufacturing Engineering • Process Plant • Civil • Infrastructure design professionals.


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 - BIM in 3D Land and Property Management : Dr Davood Shojaei (3D Specialist, Land Use Victoria)


Current 2D land registration systems are not efficient enough to deal with high rises and complex developments. Therefore, 3D digital cadastre is being investigated internationally to enhance the current cadastral systems. Land Use Victoria, the responsible authority for managing land and properties in Victoria, commenced investigating 3D digital cadastre in 2014 and as part of this investigation, BIM was considered as a potential data model for the future developments of 3D cadastre. However, there are still limitations in this data model in regard to the legal aspect of cadastre which need further enhancement and development. This presentation aims to explore the potential of using BIM in 3D land and property management and suggest further enhancements to address the existing limitations.

Speaker Bio

Davood leads the 3D digital cadastre research in Land Use Victoria, within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Melbourne. He has extensive experience over the last 15 years in designing and implementing a variety of research and industry projects, ranging from GIS, cadastre and BIM, to 3D visualisation. Davood completed his PhD on 3D cadastre visualisation at the University of Melbourne in 2014. He is currently working with the ePlan team to develop and implement digital cadastre services in Victoria.

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18:20 - Object Libraries, why aren’t they Common? : Jon Mirtschin (Director, Geometry Gym)


Jon will present and discuss the existing situation where significant work is replicated across the industry in defining objects (such as Revit content) and properties (such as shared parameters).  Part of this presentation will be demonstration of work being done to take advantage of common efforts in this area.  This includes efforts such as and prototypes of content built on the fly from common sources with configuration by the end user on aspects such as templates, drawing styles and aspects such as hosted/non hosted behaviour.

Speaker Bio

Jon Mirtschin studied Structural Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Melbourne. He worked for 10 years as a structural engineer for Connell Wagner and Expedition Engineering on projects including Eureka Tower, the MCG, Wembley Stadium, Infinity Bridge and the 2012 Velodrome.  In 2009 he started Geometry Gym, a specialist firm developing BIM software tools, particularly for model exchange between various BIM applications.

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18:40 - Innovative Construction Methodologies : George Argyrou (Director at Hickory Group)


Innovative construction methods are revolutionising the way we construct high-rise buildings, with technology creating greater visualisation and collaboration for all project stakeholders. The Hickory Building Systems prefabricated construction methodology utilises high levels of BIM/parametric modeling in the early tender stage to quickly achieve design to manufacture drawings, with upfront detail and accuracy that ensures architectural intent is not compromised. From services and façade co-ordination to administration, Hickory has fully embraced true BIM integration which has paved the way for precise BOQ’s, waste minimizations, fully integrated and interactive design and construction. With true BIM integration, Hickory is now pushing the boundaries of quality, productivity, and sustainability.

Speaker Bio

George Argyrou and his brother founded Hickory in Melbourne in 1991. The fourth generation of their family to enter the construction business, together they have led the group to become one of Australia’s most innovative, award winning construction firms. George is a champion of innovation; focused on constantly improving Hickory’s building practices, sourcing the newest materials and methods from around the world. He has great flair for creative problem solving and under George’s unique leadership, Hickory has developed prefabricated construction technology that is unparalleled in the industry and leading the world in project delivery methods that constantly outperform on measure of time, cost, quality and sustainability. George’s unique leadership consistently deliver exceptional collective results.

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19:00 - Data formats for BIM Collaboration - Best Practice: Dhanjeet Sah (National BIM Manager, Rothelowman)


BIM allows us the most efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets throughout their entire lifecycle. In the recent years we have seen some new technologies emerged for collaboration and that also bring challenges in making decisions in electing data formats for collaboration. In this presentation, we will see side by side comparison on some of the best data formats used in AEC industries with its advantages and limitations. I will showcase the best practices in exporting BIM data from Revit for BIM collaboration. This will allow us to decide what type of data could be shared to protect your IP with your consultants, Builders, Renderers or clients. Although, the technologies are evolving, we will also see how we can collaborate these design data to achieve CDE (Common data Environment) using some free viewer and some paid application on PC, iPad, Tablets, Smart Phones.

Speaker Bio

Dhanjeet Sah has 19 years of industry experience, mentoring industry professionals in adopting BIM/CAD/CG techniques to set up real-world production pipelines and workflows while integrating multiple applications for a specific task. He has also worked for numerous projects, including Design, visualisation, 3D animation and BIM/CAD consulting for various multinationals and government organisations.

Working as a National BIM Manager at Rothelowman, his main role is to provide BIM implementation, consulting and training for internal staff across offices nationally to develop workflows that achieve higher levels of collaboration and efficient design through the use of Revit, Cloud Collaboration, AutoCAD, 3ds Max and other applications/technologies.

He is also AutoCAD, Revit and 3ds Max Software Certified Professional/ Instructor from Autodesk. He had spoken for events Autodesk University 2015 in Las Vegas, BILT ANZ 2017, Sydney Build 2017. He had also spoken and conducted workshops for several Autodesk reseller’s events in the UAE, Singapore, Nepal, Australia.

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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 CADGROUP

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

Owner | BIM Consultant

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