BIM Resources

The use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in construction processes is increasing in New Zealand as it is internationally. To maximise the potential value of BIM Masterspec will provide resources, tools and article as they become available.

New Zealand National BIM Survey report 2013

New_Zealand_National_BIM_Survey_report_2013-1This New Zealand National BIM Survey 2013 report has been prepared by Masterspec on behalf of the construction industry with support from BRANZ, RMBF, NZIA, ACENZ, the MBIE-sponsored Productivity Partnership and NBS (UK). It provides a credible picture of present day attitudes and progress made towards Building Information Modelling (BIM) in New Zealand.

The survey responses reveal positive signs that a growing sector of the industry is beginning to see the potential of this technology shift.

However, the term Building Information Modelling (BIM) has a wide spectrum of different meanings (e.g. 3D CAD), even among those who say they are already using the new technology.

The report also highlights potential roadblocks to full adoption of BIM, including the need for agreed industry wide protocols and tools.

This is a comprehensive BIM report, including a foreword by the Minister, industry leader opinions, an international comparison and a 'Next Steps' section.

Download the report here.

CBI classifications

CBI (Co-ordinated Building Information) is a classification system designed by and for members of the construction industry, to co-ordinate the five main information sources: drawings; specifications; quantities; technical and research information; trade information and publications.

CBI is based on the European CAWS (Common Arrangement of Work Sections) system (developed to replace CI/Sfb) and the ISO-sponsored Uniclass project. However CBI also:

  • takes account of the local construction industry's customs and practices
  • is numeric
  • is able to be operated at up to four levels

Masterspec maintain the CBI Classification system on behalf of the New Zealand construction industry and deliver a number of tools to help establish the CBI code for any particular product or construction process. For more on the CBI system go to: