Andrew O’Connor, Nathan Taylor, Jeff Palmrose and Brendan Walsh attended the BIM-MEP AUS Construction Innovation Forum 2017 at the Melbourne Convention Centre. BIM-MEP AUS is an offshoot of the AMCA developing national standards, processes and libraries of parts to use in BIM (Building Information Modelling). O’Connors are actively involved in this initiative.
The forum has presenters from around the world from designers, services companies, builders, clients and facility managers along with software and hardware vendors providing information on innovative ways of using BIM software, case studies and insights into current practices and future directions for this fast moving field.
One of the presenters, Warrick Stannus from AG Coombs, used O’Connors work on the HIB project as an example of industry leading adoption and implementation of the design to manufacture to install workflow. We were also acknowledged for our input into the BIM-MEP AUS initiative (as pictured).
The forum demonstrated that O’Connors are right up there with the leaders in BIM implementation in Mechanical Services but some international companies in other allied fields are really pushing the limits in “computational” and “generative” design processes. Software engineers are being employed to sit alongside their modellers and designers developing programs to automate many processes - “making the machine to make the machine!”.