The role of Open BIM technology in one of Queensland’s biggest developments



The role of Open BIM technology in one of Queensland’s biggest developments

With new advancements in software opportunities, Open BIM repairs disconnections between different areas of the project, making workflow more efficient both large and small scale. Open BIM extends the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) by improving the accessibility, usability, management and sustainability of digital data in the built assets sector. Open BIM processes can be defined as shareable project information that supports seamless collaboration for all project participants, eliminating the traditional problem of BIM data which is typically limited by proprietary data formats, by discipline, or by phase. of a project.

At Destination Brisbane Consortium Queen’s Wharf Development in Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, Open BIM technologies are integrated by the main architect Parker side and a large team of experts from various fields. Scheduled to open in late 2022, Queen’s Wharf will transform the CBD (Central Business District) and riverside with an iconic design that embraces Brisbane’s inviting subtropical climate and celebrates the precinct’s Indigenous and European heritage with Interpretive trails and experiences covering the Brisbane River and the Ridge Line. The northern waterfront development will include a new casino, redesign of heritage buildings, five new hotels with more than 1,000 rooms, some 50 restaurants and a major shopping center. It is expected to attract more than 1.5 million additional tourists to the city and create more than 8,000 jobs.

Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects
Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects

Embracing digital collaboration to plan and coordinate their vast amounts of design data, Queen’s Wharf’s team of architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers work in an information modeling environment, using 16 tools. different software in 39 participating companies. Information modeling allows the team to clearly organize all key project information in a central and easily accessible location. This is where 3D models, data and specs are all kept and coordinated by the team. The approach improves efficiency, dramatically increases people’s understanding of proposals and reduces waste. The digital engineering specialist of the project DBM Vircon, responsible for managing the entire build, manages over 340 models and processes 215 individual models each week.

Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects
Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects
Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects
Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects

Gabor Gulyas, project manager and operations manager for digital engineering at DBM Vircon, explains that “Interoperability and a consistent Open BIM workflow are essential for this project. There is no way around this, if you keep in mind that up to 300 people are working on design models at the same time during peak times, coordinating over 200 different models. “

For the Queen’s Wharf project, BIM software developed by Nemetschek Group – a German provider of software for architects, engineers and the construction industry in general – was most widely used. Of the company’s 16 software brands, four were employed on the main stages of Queen’s Wharf.

“Queen’s Wharf is clearly a model for any modern building project. By working closely with the project teams, we are delighted to provide the backbone for seamless collaboration throughout the construction lifecycle in this large-scale project. “ said Viktor Varkonyi, Division Head of the Planning and Design Division and Member of the Board of Directors of the Nemetschek Group.

Graphisoft Archicad

At the Queen’s Wharf design stage, teamwork was facilitated by Graphisoft’s Archicad program. By following the principles of integrated design, architects and engineers were able to examine and verify the same models in real time – understanding each other’s intentions and catching errors before they happened on site. The tool’s Open BIM compatibility meant that models could be imported and coordinated in Archicad, even if they were not produced in the software, removing barriers and improving the team’s workflow. On any construction site, time equals money, and when part of a building is poorly constructed or cannot be constructed due to a lack of clear design information, the he impact can be huge.


To avoid such circumstances on a project as large and complex as Queen’s Wharf, the team used Solibri check the design information for errors before it is passed on to contractors on site. In addition to making sure the information is correct, finding and accessing what is needed on a project of this magnitude can be difficult, especially once on site, and gives everyone on the team rules. a level playing field to find and unlock what they need – regardless of how digitally savvy they are – is fundamental.

Bluebeam Revu

With Bluebeam Revu, Cottee Parker saved the team from going through thousands of physical documents by introducing a digital paperless workflow. This approach reduced the time spent reviewing drawings by 50%, while decisions involving multiple stakeholders were made faster. On a project like Queen’s Wharf – where there are 10,000 times more documents than one would normally find on a domestic building – efficiency and reducing unnecessary paper waste are essential.


By helping the team process their data, dRofus was able to consolidate the huge amounts of information coming from multiple sources, keeping everything in one place and allowing all users to easily access and modify it in the event of a problem. need. While information modeling has been essential in the design and construction phases, it will arguably play a larger role once Queen’s Wharf is completed – helping to manage and maintain the new neighborhood throughout. of its 99-year lease.

“Principal architect Cottee Parker used Archicad and software such as dRofus for data management and Solibri for model verification. This experience proves that open BIM also works on very large-scale projects. “ said Gergely Kmethy, director of customer support services at Graphisoft.

Thanks to the technology, the team is now heading towards its goal of completing the basics in 2022 and renovating the site’s heritage structures – including the historic Treasury building – in 2024.

Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects
Courtesy of Cottee Parker Architects

Nemetschek’s ARCHICAD, Bluebeam, dRofus and Solibri programs were also instrumental in creating an award-winning design. In 2019, PDC (a division of DBM Vircon) won first prize for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane at the prestigious International buildingSMART award for the best design. In an outstanding demonstration of IFC collaboration and Open BIM teamwork, this coveted title recognized the pioneering and innovative efforts of the digital engineering team over three years of collaborative work. This is the third year in a row that a dRofus customer has won the Design Award.

Chris Razzell, CEO of dRofus confirms, “Normally, dRofus is implemented during the briefing or concept design phase and this project just shows that it is never too late.

The project also received a 6 star Green Star Communities rating for sustainable development.


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