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BIM facilitates design of first

multi-story mass timber building in Tasmania

Gandy & Roberts Consulting Engineers


Hobart, Tasmania





Architecture Engineering and Construction




Revit, BIM Collaborate Pro, Docs, Navisworks 


It’s a challenging program with long lead times for CLT and Glulam timber components. Risk mitigation is another issue to allow reliable pre-fabrication of components. Another big difficulty is the Mass Timber components on this project is part of the base structure. It’s one of the first items on a construction program, thus exacerbating the difficulty to order components in time without causing significant delays. In addition, there is concern because of the limited BIM experience of the key project team members, besides communication of design issues effectively among the teams.


By implementing this project, the client wants to reduce project risks and liabilities, optimise contingencies, and design outcomes, and develop fully coordinated and clash free design models for fabrication handover. They want to get access to a reliable federated coordination model for all project partners as well as visualisation of design issues to improve resolution process.

BIM facilitates design of first multi-story mass timber building in Tasmania

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The client used Revit as the main design tool by Architects, Engineers, and Designers. Federation of design models is done in Navisworks and ACC. Timber fabrication models produced in proprietary software are successfully integrated in coordination model using open standard format IFC. Coordination and Clash reviews are done in Navisworks and Docs/Coordinate. This also gave all project partners access to a federated coordination model via Docs, allowing for comments and markups, along with revision tracking by comparing model versions.

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