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Building Information Modelling (BIM) in New Zealand

Last updated: 15 April 2016

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the digital representation of the complete physical and functional characteristics of a built asset – everything from bridges to buildings.

What is BIM?

It involves creating a model with real life attributes within a computer and sharing that information to optimise the design, construction and operation of that asset.

Used well, BIM can add value over the whole life of a built asset.

BIM tools

Produced by the BIM Acceleration Committee with extensive industry input, the BIM Handbook guides decisions on if and how to use BIM to realise its benefits.


BIM in action - case studies

Productivity benefits of a BIM

This brochure presents a compelling case for using BIM and gives real examples of the economic benefits it can deliver.

Download the Productivity benefits of BIM brochure

BIM in New Zealand — an industry-wide view

These BIM survey reports provide baseline information on the use of BIM across the New Zealand construction industry. Produced in partnership with EBOSS, these surveys are in a five year series that will chart the progress of accelerating the introduction of BIM in New Zealand. View these survey's on the Eboss website

BIM Acceleration Committee

The BIM Acceleration Committee is a nationwide alliance of industry and government, established in February 2014 to coordinate efforts to increase the use of BIM in New Zealand. It is sponsored by the Productivity Partnership and BRANZ. The Committee meets every six weeks. Members are drawn from across the construction industry and give their time and expertise freely.

Members include:

  • Andrew Reding – Productivity Partnership (Chair)
  • Andrew Field - RCP
  • Andrew Howie – MBIE
  • Chris Kane – MBIE
  • Dave Hunter – Fletcher Construction
  • David Sharp – BRANZ
  • Haydn Read – LINZ
  • Heather Staley – MBIE
  • Jon Williams – Beca
  • Robert Amor – University of Auckland
  • Steve Appleby – AECOM
  • Steve Davis – Assemble

Minutes of BIM Acceleration Committee meetings

BIM Acceleration Committee reports

Using Building Information Modelling on NZ construction projects

National Technical Standards Committee

The BIM Acceleration Committee is an offshoot of the National Technical Standards Committee which is overseeing the development of open industry standards for building and location data. This is key to ensuring that BIM and other digital tools used by the building and construction sector are interoperable. The National Technical Standards Committee has industry and government members including representatives from architecture, construction, engineering, city councils, Auckland University, LINZ and MBIE.

Members include:

  • Andrew Reding – Productivity Partnership (Chair)
  • Chris Bauld – Tonkin & Taylor
  • David Sharp – BRANZ
  • Haydn Read – LINZ
  • Heather Staley – MBIE
  • Jon Williams – Beca
  • Kevin Currie – MBIE
  • Michael Byrne – Tonkin & Taylor
  • Richard Murcott – LINZ
  • Robert Amor – University of Auckland
  • Rob Deakin – LINZ
  • Rob Scott – MBIE
  • Tim Weight – Auckland Council

Minutes of National Technical Standards Committee meetings

National Technical Standards Committee reports

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: