MelBIM: Thurs 1st September - Sponsored by Redstack

RMIT Melbourne, Bldg 80 (SAB) Swanston St

Lecture Theatre 80.07.01

Thursday 1st September

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

4 Presentations

Industry Leaders Sharing BIM Knowledge

FREE to Attend

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September Event Schedule

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The September MelBIM Event is Sponsored by:


The MelBIM September 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 – Redstack

Industry leading providers of design technology and services to engineering and architecture professionals.

With a team of highly qualified and experienced technical specialists, Redstack has the expertise to identify critical issues in your operations. Redstack will then work with you to plan and implement a tailored solution to suit your individual needs through our suite of services.


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 - Thomas Werner: Laser Scanning for Design / Construction Techies & Managers


The continued rapid advancement in technology and software worldwide now includes vehicles that sense when they need to brake on their own, photos from Instagram can be used to create a point cloud that can be measured from, and designers and movie makers alike are using geospatial data to plan and preserve our future. Arguably, all of these advances have been driven by the ongoing development of Laser Scanning. We’ve seen the latest hardware trends use anything that moves (including people) with a laser scanner to capture data – in real time, for immediate analysis and extraction. This has culminated in “backpack scanning systems” now emerging that allow for extraction of building information for design and development stages; and can help in planning, construction, mechanics, industrial, infrastructure, design and redevelopment. So what do these outcomes look like when adopting the latest solutions on your project, in comparison to traditional laser scanning, or even conventional surveying?

From a project workflow perspective, there are researchers establishing “grammar” to develop automated procedures used for building structures, automatically and with minimal interaction – to create a virtual world that can be designed, amended, redesigned, documented, approved, built and as-built. So can new and traditional Laser Scanning help with these initiatives, and in what way?

This talk will cover off for technical people on the origins of scanning, where we “thought” we’d be now 7 years ago, where we actually “are” now with the technology, and where we as avid users see people applying the technology, using existing data, and asking for types of deliverables. I will also talk through the workflows and cost savings associated with new technologies and the benefit of more information over less that comes from laser scanning – with a focus on risk management; and an indicative timeline for when to use what technology. Time permitting, trends in integrated systems research on all things Scanning – Above Ground, Below Ground, Underwater and sub-mm measurement can also be discussed.

Speaker Bio
Thomas Werner is a Business Development Manager at Land Surveys (and Global Scanning Solutions) in Melbourne. Thomas helps demonstrate the different capabilities of the company, particularly for overcoming problems where the documentation of existing project sites is limited, or site requirements require more information than conventional solutions can provide during project lifecycles. This helps reduce the risk to the client’s project costs and timelines; using all the latest Survey, Aerial and Laser Scanning solutions.

Thomas consults and assists Project Managers, Consultants and Contractors with decision making information to support redevelopments right through to design, and construction stages of projects, and across the full project lifecycle using IPD frameworks and BIM. Thomas has also assisted in raising the profile of our Surveying and Spatial Sciences Industry through many professional bodies: – Surveying Task Force (Vic) – FIG Young Surveyors – Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Young Professionals – CRC-SI.

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18:20 - Glenn Sinclair - Silver Thomas Hanley: Take your training program to the next level.

Often a training plan is developed in isolation, this session will take a more holistic view of skills management, and how it has been implemented at our practice.  Beginning with theories on the types of skills required for different roles, then the self-assessment and testing that was used to form a skills benchmark.  We will then look at innovative methods of presenting these results to management, along with a formal training plan for approval.  Of course the all-important delivery of methods of training will be discussed along with what worked for us, including knowledge capture and sharing systems.

Speaker Bio
Glenn is the Design Technology Leader at Silver Thomas Hanley, an Architectural firm specialising in Healthcare design and documentation. He provides BIM implementation and training for the firm’s design software, including Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD and more. He has previously worked for global design firms managing large studio’s technology and training needs, and has worked in the reseller channel as a BIM implementation specialist and trainer. He has worked on both small and super-large projects from conception through to completion. Glenn’s wide variety of experience has formed his best practice principles.

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18:40 - Dominik Holzer - AECConnect: Forget LOD’s: Mastering the transition from consultant to contractor BIM (and beyond).

Dominik will point out why relying predominantly on LOD definitions in managing the extent of BIM input among collaborators is a bad idea. Despite our progress in adopting BIM , as an industry we clearly still have to learn how to master this essential task in order to maximise the value of information we share throughout the supply chain. Based on industry feedback from consultants, contractors and clients, Dominik will outline solutions to this problem and discuss how to apply them in practice.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Dominik Holzer is one of the leading Design Technologists in Australia. Since 2009 Dr. Holzer has been running ‘AEC Connect’, as a multidisciplinary design-technology consultancy. There he focuses on Information Management across owners, contractors, consultants and manufacturers.

Next to his work in practice, Dr. Holzer teaches and researches as a Senior Lecturer in Digital Architecture at the University of Melbourne. He authored: ‘The BIM Manager’s Handbook’ in  2016, and he is a regular presenter on matters related to Information Management, High-end Technology, and BIM. Dr. Holzer is currently the BIM consultant of the VIC Department of Treasury and Finance to assist with the Victorian BIM pilots.

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19:00 - Michael Haines - VANZI: How does 3D Qld relate to BIM and What's its Value?

3D Qld is an initiative of the Spatial Industries Business Association in Queensland, together with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and the Queensland Department responsible for Land Administration (DNRM). It aims to create an authorised, federated, secure, digital 3D model with high positional certainty to facilitate: a) enhanced spatial data analysis, and b) more efficient and accurate public and private decision-making.

The talk will discuss the value of 3D Qld, how it relates to BIM, and the challenges faced in making it a reality. It will also seek feedback on how it can better serve the needs of the BIM community.

Speaker Bio
Michael has 40+ years’ experience in a wide variety of roles (including at chief executive and board level) across a range of industries: government, telecommunications, brewing, construction, consumer goods and car manufacturing, as well as transport and logistics covering a wide range of disciplines: corporate strategy, Toyota production and management systems, improving the value chain, systems design, information management and financial management. He has been a Board Member of the Australian Logistics Council and Chair of its ICT Committee. He is also an ex-Member of Austroads Intelligent Transport Industry Reference Group.

In 2011, Michael established VANZI (Virtual Australia and New Zealand Initiative) in collaboration with a number of key stakeholders – to broker the creation of the Digital Built Environment (DBE).

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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 Redstack

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.

A full ‘Statement of Collaboration’ 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

General Manager | BIM Content Specialist
UNIFI - Create

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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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Jamie Casas

BIM Consulting
Wood & Grieve Engineers

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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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Brad Strauss

BIM Manager

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