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Building Information Modelling

Why BIM?

A few years ago the question was ‘who is going to use Building Information Modelling (BIM)’? Now the question is ‘how are they going to use it?’ Whatever your personal opinions about BIM, you shouldn’t ignore it. From Australia to Singapore to the UK, governments and their agencies have realised the benefits of mandating BIM on projects. At Meinhardt we believe that being BIM ready should both help you win work and deliver a return on a your investment. This means careful consideration of the best way to utilise this technology throughout your asset’s lifecycle to provide you with maximum cost and time savings. And it means establishing the most effective collaborative process with design and construction partners to unlock these benefits and deliver the optimum project outcome. We are more than generic BIM providers. We have taken an evolutionary path of investment, training and project experience to create a BIM offer that is able to deliver you results now, while having the scope to develop and implement future innovations and efficiencies.

BIM IS Relevant to You.



Cost Consultants

Facility Managers


Building Contractors

Consulting Engineers


Government Agencies

Project Managers

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The Opportunities BIM is more than just a software solution. BIM is actually about Integrated Business Solutions. It enables a more co-ordinated and collaborative approach, which translates into clear, client-focused solutions delivered with more transparency.

Due to our close working relationship (with Meinhardt), we “ were able to add value by being more pro-active in the realisation of better design solutions through BIM. ” Allan Trotter, Senior QS, Rider Levett Bucknall


















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Our Services

What Do You Get?

We are more than generic BIM providers. We have taken an evolutionary path of investment, training and project experience to create a BIM offer that is able to deliver you results now, while having the scope to develop and implement future innovations and efficiencies. Our multi-disciplinary teams all use the same systems ensuring the most co-ordinated approach across structural and building services engineering. We understand the importance of BIM project management from RFP all the way through the lifecycle of a project. We are committed to driving the process of transparency and knowledge sharing from day one and can offer you unbiased advice at any and every point of a project. We realise that by investing extra time and energy upfront in the design process we can unlock a multitude of direct benefits for you. When you come to Meinhardt you get new ideas that work. It’s what we call Practical Imagination.






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BIM Project Execution & Planning

Project Training, Workshops, Advice & Best Practice

3D BIM Project Design Collaboration

Supply of Models for 4D, 5D & 6D BIM

Production of Existing Building Models

Production of ‘As Built’ Models

Navisworks Clash Detection Reports

Production of Models for Design Analysis (structural, energy, cost etc)

Navisworks Construction Simulations

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A National Approach

has become an embedded mechanism that helps “us BIM reinforce our design relationships with our partners. It

almost forces you to participate in, and be intrinsically part of the full building design - opening awareness to external disciplines and informing the design process. We have used this to great effect in realising better solutions for our clients, from architects to builders.

Nathan Taffard

BIM Leader (Australia)

The BIM process is about capitalising on the “advantages of neutrality, integration, co-ordination &

interoperability of design information in a fully collaborative virtual environment. This allows for more informed decision making when it matters most. Thus, reducing risk to all involved enabling smarter, more efficient designs.

Barry Orr

BIM Structures (Australia)


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La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science, VIC


Port Lincoln Hospital, SA


Caboolture Hub, QLD


HP Data Centre, NSW


Armada Street Apartments, VIC


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Case Studies

Chadstone, Melbourne

“We were able to provide highly efficient, fully costed design solutions in a shorter period.” Allan Trotter, Senior QS at Rider Levett Bucknall Overview:

Development of a 10-storey office building on a 3-level podium structure providing underground car parking, plus a 240-bed hotel.

Key Collaborators: ¡¡ ¡¡ ¡¡ ¡¡

Meinhardt: Structural, Civil and Facade Engineers Bates Smart - Architects Rider Levett Bucknall - QS NDY - MEP Engineers

BIM Objectives:

¡¡ Integration of the structural analysis with the 3D model ¡¡ Full coordination/collaboration of all consultant models (including clash detection) ¡¡ Models to be used for quantity take-offs, costing, preparation of Bill of Quantities


¡¡ REVIT Structure 2012 ¡¡ Navisworks 2012 ¡¡ CostX IDX/Qubit


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¡¡ Fully collaborated designs ¡¡ Efficient realisation of cost effective solutions to maximise the efficiency of the building for the client ¡¡ Leap forward in the integration of engineering models and QS costing

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Case Studies

National Sea Simulator, Townsville

Showcases the benefits of BIM, post-completion, as a part of an asset management toolbox. Overview:

New research laboratory building for the Australian Institute of Marine Science to provide world-class experimental aquarium facilities to understand the cumulative effects of multiple pressures, such as climate change and ocean acidification on tropical marine ecosystems.

Key Collaborators: ¡¡ ¡¡ ¡¡ ¡¡ ¡¡

Meinhardt: MEP Engineers Cox Rayner/Tippett Schrock - Architects Flanagan – Structural Engineers Oceanis – Process Engineers Baulderstone – Managing Contractor

BIM Objectives:

¡¡ Integration of the architectural, building services, process services, and structure within the 3D model. ¡¡ Full coordination/collaboration of all consultant models (including clash detection) ¡¡ Models to be used for post-construction design and management of individual laboratory space reconfigurations


¡¡ REVIT MEP 2010 ¡¡ Navisworks 2010


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A significant part of the commission included participation in the development of various laboratory arrangements, in conjunction with AIMS’s scientists, before detailed systems and controls design could proceed. The scheme required BIM Modelling, in collaboration with the architect and other consultants on the team, to provide a highly co-ordinated design from the outset. Different design team members based in Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth added a further level of complexity to the project delivery. The construction phase benefits of the BIM process were highlighted by the small number of RFIs related to coordination or clash issues or clash issues despite the size and complexity and complexity of the project. However, the most significant benefit will be in the utilisation by AIMS of the BIM models as part of their asset management toolbox for the building and equipment for the large range of different experiments planned to be undertaken over the life of the building. Each experimental area is designed to facilitate continuing re-configuration for individual experiments, that may be running for either months or years at a time, to suit specific experiment equipment designs. The BIM models will simplify the design of each new configuration and management/tracking of the large numbers of devices, equipment and components in use reducing costs and saving time.

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Case Studies

Virgin Jet Base Upgrade, Melbourne

A 3D timeline simulation video helped visualise the construction sequence to minimise any impact on operations. Overview:


Key Collaborators:

The structural design model was directly linked to Revit Structure to automatically produce a Revit Model and quickly generate a package of 2D & 3D drawings for the client.

BIM Objectives:

Revit was used to provide concept material take-off quantities of the structure for the client’s consideration.

Present to the client a structural engineering concept for the construction of a new hanger extension, while maintaining the use of the existing hanger and taxi-way. ¡¡ Meinhardt: Structural & Civil Engineers ¡¡ Meinhardt: Project Managers

Use BIM to enhance the traditional level of information supplied to the client and to better enable their understanding of the required construction sequence for the proposed build.


¡¡ Spacegass Engineering Design Software ¡¡ REVIT Structure 2014 ¡¡ Navisworks Manage


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Maximises efficiencies of end product by capatalising on the interoperability between 3D engineering design software, Revit Structure & Navisworks Manage.

Navisworks Manage was used to produce a 3D timeline simulation video of the proposed construction sequence which was vital to the operations of the existing hangar. The client therefore knew the solution would work before commiting time and money. Navisworks Manage was also used to produce additional virtual imagery. This was presented in an easy to understand Powerpoint presentation to the client along with the simulation video and drawing package.

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Case Studies

MTTC and UBTec, University Of Ballarat

Using BIM, we were able to accurately model challenging areas and thereby drive decision making processes more quickly and effectively. Overview:

BIM Objectives:

The aspiration has been to create a new learning facility for the 21st Century which celebrates the education of manufacturing and enables a ‘public’ interface between students, teachers, industry and passers-by


The new 4,700sqm Manufacturing Technical Training Centre at University of Ballarat (MTTC) is a TAFE education facility which consolidates articulated learning pathways in manufacturing technology. Located on the School of Mines Campus it is designed to achieve 5-star Green Star rating.

Key Collaborators:

¡¡ Meinhardt: Structural, MEP and Civil Engineers ¡¡ Gray Puksand and McIldowie Partners - Architects


¡¡ REVIT Structure 2011 ¡¡ Spacegass Engineering Design Software

Providing structural, building services and civil engineering services, together with ESD advice, we have designed the project in BIM to capitalise on the advantages of neutrality, integration, co-ordination & interoperability of design information in a fully collaborative virtual environment. This has allowed for more informed decision making when it mattered most. Thus, reducing risk to all involved and better enabling a smarter, more efficient design. Contamination was a major challenge on the project site. To avoid disposal costs, which would have made the project economically unviable, all site excavated material had to remain on site. The building platform was modelled in BIM by Meinhardt, and floor levels set, so that excavated material could be placed under the building. The building footprint and all roads and pavements formed part of the environmental cap separating the contaminated material from facility operations. The net result is a holistic solution through design and construction to achieve the optimum results.


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