What is BIM? Part 2

The above image represents QIC’s visionary redevelopment of Robina Town Centre.

The curved vaults and cone shaped awnings were simplified through the use of collaborative BIM between MPN and architect ACME and executive architect The Buchan Group.


The growth in BIM usage and efficiency has enabled room for architectural creativity. This has seen the evolution of the typical round façade of the 1990’s to the curved roof of the 21st century. Through BIM the design of structures can be simplified with corresponding reduction in risk, site problems and costs.


Mobile capabilities such as laptops, phones and tablets have revolutionised design and building processes and benefited construction. Programs have been developed to enable the creation and management of:

  • Checklists and punch lists;
  • Construction Workflow;
  • Quality and Safety; and
  • Clash Detection.


A fully collaborative model can enable a sixth dimension known as Facility Management (FM). FM is commonly used on large infrastructure projects such as hospitals, schools and shopping centres. BIM in FM enables the Building Manager to identify the problem and notify the contractor who can inspect the issue in the model prior to arriving. This enables maintenance costs and response time to be reduced and product data to be monitored and analysed.


At MPN we have fully embraced BIM with all our team members utilising Revit Structure and 12d Civil. With these programs and our skillset we have the ability to provide the client with project costing data for major structural elements such as concrete, reinforcement, post tensioning, structural steelwork and civil earthwork volumes.

Author: Joshua Falco – Structural Engineer and Drafter