Wellington City Council Data Automation

In New Zealand BIM is typically used for construction of buildings only - Wellington City Council (WCC) are trying to extend this to the AM/FM part of the Building/BIM life.

As part of this they are automating data transfer from BIM Preliminary Design/Tender Docs and As-Built Docs (data put in remotely in Designers/Contractors offices), validating that data and then putting it into WCC Asset Management Information System (AMIS).

The main focus so far has been on Social housing units and main room quantities such as floor/wall/ceiling/door/window areas to check actual surveys that have been done on these properties. They are looking to use this across the wider asset base of offices, halls, sports centres, swimming pools etc, and so wish to expand it to capture MEP data and possibly structural data.

They have been developing some solutions for doing this. The idea is that they can send the tools out to consultants and contractors so that they do the input into the Revit Model & WCC extract this information to an intermediate database and then send the data on to the AMIS via a text based (.CSV) file.

They have also had success with extracting information from ArchiCad files via IFC's to Revit files for data extraction.

They have tested Dynamo and use it for some scheduling of putting Views on sheets. They started with Revit5 Schedule exports and then went onto DB Link.

They are now using the RTV tool that works with the Revit API and defines and pushes in Shared Parameters into Revit. The RTV Tools started with a Revit Drawing Management system ('Upreving' (moving to next revision) / drawing sheets / doc transfer) and also as a reporting tool for what was in the Revit model. This has been adapted to WCC needs and has undergone further development in-house.

These can be assigned to a built in Revit parameter or a 3rd party parameter (that has a value/quantity attached to it, eg wall area by orientation in room). It can also do calculations and functions.

This is open process so different companies can write different shared parameters and assign their own chosen Revit BuiltIn Parameters or 3rd party parameters.

There are some YouTube videos showing how far they have progressed.

(based on notes provided by Max Drake, Consultant, WCC July 2015)