Construction

Innovation & New Product Development

Our methodology helps organisations to innovate and make significantly better decisions:

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Operational Excellence

We facilitate order of magnitude improvements by reducing complexity and catalysing transformation:

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Enterprise Software as a Service

We enable people and software systems to interact in the simplest possible way:

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Example Case Study

Organisation

Consortium developing a candidate National Building Product Library, Australia

Stakeholders

State Government Design Agency, National Construction Specification Agency, Universities and Cooperative Research Centres

Goal

  • Replace the PDF building product brochure and manual modelling and data entry paradigm for BIM-based construction projects. (The long term "big-picture" – yet to be achieved)
  • Facilitate the replacement of generic design objects in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software with actual properties and 3D geometry of building products. (Implemented)

Context

Results

A viable standards-based BIM building product library awaiting deployment investment, licensed for public-good purposes. The solution is currently used as an academic and professional teaching tool for the construction industry.

  • An open source Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard-based BIM reader and model repository, which scales from small components (doors and windows) to skyscraper-size BIM models.
  • An open source BIM transformation language implementing the Object Management Group’s Query/View/Transformation (QVT) standard, to facilitate semantic interoperability.
  • A model of Levels of Development (LOD) to facilitate product property matching at various construction project stages.
  • A digital service platform that hosts a building product library and offers property- and geometry-based search. The service platform was constructed using the repository and transformation language, as well as several formal input specifications and industry standards.
  • A number of Computer Aided Design (CAD) Tool plugins which interact with the library to facilitate product matching against designs. The plugins automatically convert the library product definitions to proprietary formats to replace generic CAD objects with whole identified products' properties and geometry. At early Levels of Development, or in the case when open tendering is required, a subset of relevant product property values can be imported without selecting a single product.

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