2 November 2011 ­– National Building Specification ­ – NATSPEC – has released a national guide to building information modelling that it says will help clients and consultants reduce confusion and inconsistencies.

NATSPEC said the National BIM Guide was the result of industry-wide collaboration and the support of the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.

BIM had the potential to provide a platform for integrated project delivery, improve sustainability outcomes through modelling, increase productivity through fewer variations during construction, and provide a tool for facilities and asset management, NATSPEC said in a media statement.

“The objective of the NATSPEC National BIM Guide, used in conjunction with a Project BIM Brief, is to clarify what is meant when BIM is required on a project.  Too often a Client has talked about wanting BIM on a project without clarifying their requirements in a consistent manner.”

Supplementary documents including the NATSPEC BIM Reference Schedule and NATSPEC BIM Object/Element Matrix will be updated, as required, to reflect the developing BIM industry and international developments and systems.  NATSPEC will release the National BIM Management Plan in the coming months.

See www.natspec.com.au

Input to the further development of the documents can be made through bim@natspec.com.au.