Building information modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the way of the future in both the architecture and construction management industries and is a process involving the creation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of a building.

The resulting building information model becomes a source of knowledge to support decision-making about a building from earliest conceptual stages, through the design and construction phase, through the buildings operational life and its eventual demolition.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment teams with industry to host a series of free BIM evenings.


talkBIM in a non-for profit organisation founded by Deakin University to promote BIM and educate both students and industry about the process advantages and technology changes. talkBIM is Deakin Universities way of embracing the BIM movement and implementing the new technologies that accompany this process change.

BIM seminars

There have been a series of BIM seminars throughout 2014, The idea behind these free BIM events is to unite students, academics and industry in a relaxed environment showcasing local talent and projects across the built environment. The seminars are aimed to be informal yet informative with sponsored networking opportunities after the event.

2014 seminars:

BIM Without Borders

In January, Deakin researchers Charmaine and Matt were joined by Warrnambool ex-pat and BIM software developer Jon Mirtschin. The focus was on Worldly BIM and presenters shared their experiences of BIM practice from the USA, London, China, Vietnam, Denmark and South Africa and Australia.  Jon Mirtschin wrapped up the evening outlining some of the features of the newly released IFC4 and various tools which utilise the standard for information and geometry exchange.


In March, this seminar attracted 65 attendees, many being students with a thirst for BIM knowledge (and beers).

Charmaine and Matt were joined by industry experts including John Lucchetti from Wood and Grieve Engineers, and Nick O'Brien (a Deakin alumni) and Josh Kates from Sefaira.

The use of BIM by local architects Third Ecology was showcased. Demonstrations of Sefaira's environmental analysis tool and the use of laser scanning by AAM Geospatial Services highlighted how BIM can be augemented and integrated fully through design and construction.

Backyard BIM

Held in May, this seminar addressed a more local and industry focus audience. The event was sponsored by Autodesk Education and both Cotton On Group and GHD shared in their knowledge and experiences in BIM on local projects such as store fit outs and the Leopold Community Hub.

More information and upcoming events

Stay tuned for upcoming BIM events.

For further information about talkBIM at Deakin, contact Charmaine Ferguson

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