Event Organiser:
ABC Events
Contact us on: 02 9008 1101
2014 Participants include:
buildingSmart Australasia
Urban Circus
Dept Planning & Infrastructure NSW
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Fender Katsalidis Architects

Conference Info

About the VANZI-buildingSMART Australasia Conference 2014

The Digital Built Environment will ultimately comprise millions of 3D Building, Spatial and Legal Object Models that specify the Physical Attributes, AND all Rights, Responsibilities and Restrictions applying to each piece of ‘property’, from: building components to entire structures, cities, states and nations.

This conference is about the strategies we must employ to reap the benefits, mitigate the risks and overcome the challenges involved in making this vision of an ‘integrated virtual world’, a reality.

It will be held on 15 - 16 September, 2014 at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Jointly promoted by buildingSMART Australasia (bSA) and the Virtual Australia and New Zealand Initiative (VANZI), with the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) a major supporter.

All digital modelling technologies are evolving at an astounding rate, allowing us to create full 3D representations of both new and existing urban structures (inside and out, above and below ground) that are embedded with information about their appearance, function and performance - challenging the way that we design, build and manage the real world.

This conference brings together leading industry associations, their members and clients who are using these technologies to drive change across the Australian and New Zealand built environment.

Importantly, it provides an opportunity to learn about the specific initiatives being undertaken locally and internationally: a) to promote open Building Information Modelling (BIM), and b) to coordinate evolving information exchange standards across the Construction and Geospatial domains.

The Vision, Benefits, Risks, Challenges and Countermeasures The vision is a bold one and could place Australia at the leading edge of innovation in the delivery and management of the virtual world. It is nothing less than: “A federated fully-integrated secure authorised 3D computer model of the natural & built environment on all scales necessary for decision making, including all rights, responsibilities and restrictions”.

Much of the technology required to make this a reality already exists in the marketplace and is being widely adopted by all levels of industry and government.

The question is no longer how do we build a digital world, but rather, how do we manage it to realise the greatest commercial and public benefit (worth $billions pa) – while reducing the risks.

Recently, Stanford University identified cyber threats (crime, terrorism and war) as being on par with similar nuclear threats. They have called for greater emphasis on protecting our national ‘virtual infrastructure’ (ie the systems that manage our energy, transport and communications), through the use of dedicated highly secure networks and encryption.

As the 3D virtual world becomes increasingly embedded in every aspect of society (from planning, surveying, design, engineering, costing, finance, construction, landscaping, insurance, facility and asset management, leasing, fit-out, furnishing, valuation and sale to decommission, as well as for use in induction, emergency response and disaster recovery, together with the management of transport and logistics, crowds and energy and water flows)… it too must be treated as ‘key infrastructure’.

This conference will report on the latest user, industry and research-driven initiatives to address two critical aspects of this new ‘virtual infrastructure’:

  1. the systems and open standards required to facilitate integration and distribution of the information models, particularly from a BIM and Spatial/Point Cloud perspective.
  2. a framework for ‘certification of data’, ‘authentication of users’ and ‘authorisation of access’ - having regard to each person’s rights, responsibilities and restrictions in the real world.
The aim is to ensure that the processes we have in the 2D world (such as signed paper plans) are translated effectively into the 3D world - within a common legal framework across all jurisdictions.

This does not mean changing the laws and procedures that relate to real property, or to approval processes. It does mean collaborating to ensure the laws and processes that apply to the emerging virtual world are uniform – so we don’t repeat the ‘rail gauges’ problem of last century.

In this regard, the conference will also share learnings from each of the VANZ ‘pilot’ projects/workgroups (from across a number of jurisdictions), that are examining the challenges involved in integrating Building and Spatial Models with 3D Legal Objects, within a secure environment - for all property purposes.

Who should attend?

Senior management - to understand the business strategy-changing nature of these emerging technologies, along with technical specialists - to advise senior management in the development of operational objectives.

Only by understanding the opportunity, and the benefits, risks and challenges involved, can we take full advantage of these transformational technologies and processes.

No matter what role you play in the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Property sectors, whether you work in the Private sector, or Local, State or Federal Government, or are involved in any way in the Digital Economy as it relates to the natural and built environment, this conference is not be missed.

2013 Conference Outcomes

Our inaugural conference brought together, for the first time anywhere, Spatial and Building Information Modelling experts, together with Legal and Government representatives, and Users. It looked at the value proposition (worth $billions) and challenges (many) involved in creating a federated 3D model out of millions of separate models of individual buildings and cityscapes.

One of the ways proposed to meet the various challenges, was through the creation of a highly secure ‘Data Bank’ network to hold each separate ‘authorised’ model on behalf of the community - much as traditional banks hold our money.

It concluded with a plan to establish ‘pilot’ projects in each jurisdiction to better understand the benefits, risks and challenges involved in creating such a network.

This 2014 conference is the follow on.

Who are we?

The Virtual Australia and New Zealand Initiative (VANZI)

VANZI is working to bring together all the stakeholders who must deliver the ‘authorised virtual world’: users, authorities, legal professionals and technology providers across the modelling spectrum.

BuildingSMART Australasia (bSA)

bSA represents a broad spectrum of industry stakeholders responsible for delivering the physical built environment using BIM. It has a deep commitment to the development of open standards for exchanging information across software platforms and industry processes.

Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA)

SIBA represents most of the major organizations in Australia and New Zealand that provide Spatial Modelling and Geographic Information Systems. These allow us to see the natural and built environment in its ‘spatial’ context.

Alliances Strengthened

Since the conference, VANZI has become formally aligned with bSA, with the aim of promoting: a) BIM as a key component of the emerging virtual world, and b) the Uniform Framework as a way of reducing cost and improving outcomes for all users.

More recently, SIBA has nominated VANZ as one of its key Knowledge Communities. These Communities are designed to advance understanding in areas of interest to members that have major economic, social and technological impact. Establishment of Working Groups/Pilots in each Major Jurisdiction.

During the last six months, officers in Brisbane and Adelaide City, along with representatives of NSW, SA and WA government departments with interest in the emerging virtual world, have agreed to evaluate how they may help to develop a national approach, in conjunction with VANZI, bSA and SIBA.

The aim of these workgroups is to identify projects (already done in Brisbane), where commercial and government parties can explore the benefits and challenges involved in creating a fully integrated virtual world for use throughout the property cycle.

Each jurisdiction is expected to develop its own approach at its own pace, while together formulating common rules as the basis for a future Uniform Legal Framework across Australia and New Zealand governing the ‘authorised virtual world’ - for use in all ‘property’ transactions.

Importantly, by sharing experiences across these projects, each may learn from the others how to best set up and manage the emerging virtual world. We are continuing to explore opportunities in other jurisdictions.

Regulatory Impact Statement

In parallel, government and industry stakeholders need to prepare a Regulatory Impact Statement covering the establishment of Uniform Laws to govern the Authorised Virtual World x all Jurisdictions, including regulation of the proposed Data Bank Network and the processes to Authenticate Data (via locked certificates) and People (via links to each Land, Property and Lease Registry).

We expect to be able to report further progress on this in the lead up to the conference.

The 2014 event will focus on the latest virtualisation, spatial and building information technology and the issues it raises including:

  • Developments in spatial technology and BIM technology
  • How spatial technology and Building Information Modelling may be integrated
  • Developing a regulatory framework to manage the data
  • How to create a virtual world that endures alongside the real world
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Intellectual property and legal entitlements in a virtualised world
  • Managing risk in the virtual world
  • Developing and coordinating standards
  • Virtual world as a new form of infrastructure
  • Property planning, surveying, and design in a 3D virtual environment
  • Urban planning and approval processes
  • Facility and asset management
  • Cost saving through virtual technology
  • Managing flow of people, vehicles and freight
  • Smart simulation solutions
  • Land use and development
  • Environmental modelling
  • Infrastructure and utilities planning and management
  • Emergency services management

Who will attend?

This event is designed to attract senior representatives from the following organisations:

  • Federal, state and local government departments and agencies
  • Town and urban planners
  • Urban development
  • Property owners
  • Architects
  • Utilities
  • Infrastructure managers
  • Transport planners, operators and managers
  • Construction
  • Property owners
  • Financiers
  • Surveyors
  • Infrastructure developers and managers
  • Telecommunications and broadband infrastructure providers
  • Emergency Services
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) providers
  • Geospatial and GIS technology providers
  • Consultants
  • Industry associations
  • Major suppliers of products and technology
  • Insurers

Venue & Accommodation


Australian Technology Park Sydney
Locomotive Workshop
Henderson Road,
Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia.

Tel: 02 9209 4220
Website: www.atp.com.au


We are currently negotiating rates with local CBD hotels for delegate accommodation which will be posted on this website page in due course.

Sponsorship opportunities!
To find out more about sponsorship opportunities at the VANZI - Virtual Australia & New Zealand Initiative Conference & Expo 2014, please click here
Current Sponsors & Exhibitors 2014
Supported By
Endorsed by in 2013:
  • Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF)
  • Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
  • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
  • Australasian Small Medium Enterprise Association (ASMEA)
  • BuildingSmart Australasia
  • Consult Australia
  • Co-operative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRC-SI)
  • Consulting Surveyors National (CSN)
  • Dial Before Your Dig (DBYD)
  • Engineers Australia, Sydney Division(EA)
  • Geospatial Information & Technology Association - Australia & New Zealand (GITA)
  • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Regional Development Australia, Sydney
  • Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA)
  • Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC)
2013 Attendees:
A2K Technologies Pty Ltd
ACIL Allen Consulting
Aerometrex Pty Ltd
Alexander & Symonds Pty Ltd
Animation Research Ltd
APA Group
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Autodesk Asia Pacific
Autodesk Australia Pty Ltd
Beveridge Williams
Brazier Motti Pty Ltd
Brisbane City Council
City of Melbourne
City of Perth
City West Water
Committee for Sydney
Consult Australia
Craig & Rhodes Pty Ltd
CRC for Low Carbon Living
CRC for Spatial Information
CTG Consulting
Davis Langdon (An AECOM Company)
Department of Defence
Department of Finance & Services NSW
Department of Health & Human Services
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Dept of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research & Tertiary Education
Dept of Infrastructure & Transport
Dept of Planning & Urban Community Development (VIC)
Dept of Resources, Energy & Tourism - Office of Spatial Policy
Dial Before You Dig
eB2B.com Pty Ltd
e-Spatial Ltd
Esri Australia
Fender Katsalidis Architects
Forum8 Pty Ltd
GISSA International Pty Ltd
HYLC Joint Venture
IAG Direct Insurance (NRMA, SGIO, SGIC)
Innovative Growth Solutions
Internet Commerce Australia
Investa Property Group
Land & Property Information Authority
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
Land Solution Australia
Lend Lease
Mercury Project Solutions
Micropower (Owner of ArTrA)
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Mirvac Design
MSL Group
Muli Management Pty Ltd
Municipal Association of Victoria
Norman Disney & Young
NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure
Parramatta City Council
Ping Identity
Pitney Bowes Software
Planning Institute of Australia
Position Magazine
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Queensland University of Technology
RDA Sydney
Schlencker Mapping
Sinclair Knight Merz
Spatial Vision
Sydney Opera House Trust
The Intermedia Group
The University of Melbourne
Thiess Pty Ltd
Transport & Main Roads
University of Technology Sydney
Urban Circus
Virtual Australia and New Zealand Initiative