NBS's BIM Object Standard to be rolled out in Australia and New Zealand

Press Release
7 August 2015

NBS has reached agreement to partner with Australia’s Natspec and Masterspec in New Zealand to establish the BIM Object Standard across both countries. 

The agreement is in response to findings of a recent report by the Australasian Building and Construction Industry which recommended that a universal standard for the creation of BIM objects is adopted to support the creation of national object libraries. The goal is to align practices as much as possible while accommodating local needs that are the inevitable product of differences in building and procurement practices, building products and regulatory frameworks.

The report concluded that collaboration with NBS was desirable given its position as “a leader in the UK, and globally, of product information management and BIM technology development”.

Chief Executive of RIBA Enterprises, which owns NBS, Richard Waterhouse has just returned from Australia where the agreement was struck. He said:

“The collaboration with Natspec and Masterspec is another big step in the development of standardised processes for the design, construction and manufacturing sectors of the global construction industry. The move towards a digital, global industry is inexorable and initiatives such as this will benefit UK firms seeking international work, supporting the Government’s aim to significantly increase exports by the sector by 2025.

“We were delighted that the Strategic Forum for the Australasian Building and Construction Industry recognised the quality of the NBS BIM Object Standard and the NBS National BIM Library and that this was the route they wished to see in use within the region. Working with Natspec and Masterspec, this co-ordinated approach will provide a simple platform for all sectors of the industry to provide their products and services across national borders.”

NBS launched its BIM Object Standard in September 2014, the first of its kind in the world. The Standard defines clear requirements against which all BIM objects can be assessed, what constitutes a quality BIM object and provides the foundations for a consistent approach that can be adopted by designers, manufacturers and all BIM content developers. It sets out essential requirements for BIM objects for use with Level 2 BIM and has been downloaded more than 5,000 times since its introduction. It is increasingly being used amongst UK manufacturers in the run up to the 2016 Government mandate for BIM use on centrally-funded projects and the recent BIM Survey suggested that almost 20% of the industry is now using it.

The Standard for Australia and New Zealand is expected to be complete by the end of October. NBS is currently in discussion with other countries about the potential for collaboration, reinforcing the UK’s and NBS’s world-leading position in the adoption of BIM.

For further information, please contact:

Robert Pine + 44 (0) 20 7247 8334 / +44(0) 7894 462 342 / robert@ing-media.com
Jenny Cook + 44 (0) 20 7392 1993 / +44(0) 7894 462 376 / jenny@ing-media.com

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