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New Zealand's construction industry is at a crossroads, and now more than ever industry professional's responsibility to collaborate will ensure greater strides in the future.

To do this, the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) is calling for industry to adopt Building Information Modelling (BIM), an industry tool not only underpinned by technology, but the collaboration of people.

BIM facilitates greater workplace understanding between engineers, building owners, architects, quantity surveyors and contractors in a virtual environment, to enable different sharing of information across these disciplines.

It supports more effective management of a construction project, from initial design to construction, operations and finally, decommissioning.

To ensure BIM is used effectively and appropriately, the NZIQS BIM committee, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) BIM committee, have put together a BIM Best Practice Guideline document.

"The Best Practice Guideline aims to promote BIM to quantity surveyors of all levels and capabilities in Australia and New Zealand, as well as supporting and enhancing the value of quantity surveyors in the property and construction industry," says Chair of the NZIQS BIM Committee, Keeley Pomeroy.

The guidelines highlight key knowledge areas relating to BIM, including information on what quantity surveyors need to know about BIM, what to expect in a BIM project, and timeline of a quantity surveyor's role in the BIM Execution Plan, among others.

According to Mr. Pomeroy, as digital construction technology develops, it will become inevitable for all industry professionals, from engineers to architects, to adopt BIM.

The Guidelines cater to all levels of experience, from people in education, right through to experienced practitioners.

"In essence, the new generation of construction workers want to break away from tradition, and start working collaboratively."

"BIM is a good way to start, and we encourage all professions of the industry to jump on board."

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