ANZRS supplementary documents now available

Following the forum convened at RTCAUS 2014, we have two more documents available to assist industry.

The first has been written in response to calls for assistance from industry from those that have been asked to implement or adhere to ANZRS on projects.  It has become apparent that ANZRS has been thrust upon some projects by some people without any real understanding of why it has been created.  This document has been written to clarify a few items about how ANZRS can be effectively implemented – including those things that should be considered irrespective of who’s involved, and those that should be considered in context of the project requirements and project team capability.

You can download this document here:


The second document has been authored by Luke Johnston of IGS, who has been a passionate advocate of standards for manufacturers for some time – and the opportunities they present to manufacturers and the industry at large.  If you are a manufacturer, or you’re wanting to help one figure out how to respond to market demand to address BIM, this document is well worth the read.  You can download it here:

Expressions of Interest for version 4.0 contributions

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Call to arms: ANZRS v4.0

Greetings to All!

Well, it has been a while and yes, we have been quiet. There have been many developments over the past months, and there remains a need to have, and to sustain a national standard for Revit content.
The Dutch Revit User Group has taken ANZRS, translated it, and provided us with a wealth of great feedback which we must review.
Software features will be added or changed; new ideas will emerge; new people will generate new ideas. New informational needs by building owners will require those new ideas.
Within the AECO/FM industry, there is a renewed push behind the need for interoperability, and ANZRS endorses this. We’ve always seen ANZRS as a means to an end, and that a Revit-specific standard need not inhibit interoperability.
We’re initiating the development of ANZRS v4.0, and we are looking for contributors and new committee members.  We have a potential scope for this next phase, set out below.  We’re working toward a launch date to coincide with RTC Australasia 2014, to be held May 29-31, 2014.
If you think you can help, and you’d like to be a part of this exciting new development, please let us know by submitting feedback.  We welcome responses from those outside as well as within Australia.
If you have specific feedback on ANZRS itself, whether that be suggested improvements or your experience in implementing it, as always, we welcome this with a commitment to its ongoing improvement.


Suggested new scope

  • Develop a standard Material Naming Structure
  • Update to include new Revit features such as Adaptive Components and Reference Points
  • Establish funding to support further development of ANZRS

Suggested scope for upgrades

  • Review Dutch Revit User Group’s suggested additions
  • Review Subcategories (some additions are expected)
  • Shared Parameter descriptions and/or illustrations to better explain how ANZRS Shared Parameters should be used
  • Review/improve MEP content
  • Create and add images that better communicate what we mean in our descriptive documents
  • Create videos demonstrating best practices and/or compliance checking process
  • Provide family templates and example ANZRS-compliant families
  • Provide implementation case studies within various company types (consultants, manufacturer, content creators etc.)
  • Provide a case study of a particular manufacturer’s content that is ANZRS compliant, with feedback from consumers
  • Develop a parameter mapping solution (that allows batch update/swap of new ANZRS Shared Parameters, and/or conversion between standards)
  • IFC interoperability


We look forward to hearing from you!


The ANZRS Committee

BIM-MEP(AUS) Industry Forum: “Putting theory to practice”.

As part of our collaboration with BIM-MEPAUS, we at ANZRS would like to ensure our members are kept abreast of events, such as this one:

The BIM-MEPAUS initiative seeks to address the following barriers that are currently preventing the effective take-up and use of building information modelling (BIM) within Australia:

  • significant time and cost burdens involved in customising BIM  modelling software to suit Australian design and construction requirements;
  • lack of industry standards around BIM MEP documentation;
  • poor consideration of the requirements for integrated project delivery; and
  • limited BIM Project Management and file management expertise within the industry.  

Speakers include Mr Cheng Tai Fatt, Group Director, Corporate Development Division, Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Dr Alasdair MacDonald, Director of Strategic Innovation for Balfour Beatty Group and many more.

On 2 August 2012, the BIM-MEPAUS Forum: “Putting Theory to Practice”  promises to be the most exciting BIM event this year.  This year’s presentations will have a diverse number of case studies such as project delivery innovation from a head contractors perspective, BIM enabled facility management, and a showcase of real Australian projects and workflows pursuant to the standards being developed.

Why should members of the property industry attend?

  • BIM-MEPAUS delivers common BIM standards across your portfolio allowing implementation of standardised asset and maintenance management and reporting.
  • BIM-MEPAUS documented projects are more likely to be constructible and easier to deliver with lower project time, quality and cost risks.
  • BIM-MEPAUS documented projects are going to be consistently documented from one project to another.
  • BIM-MEPAUS documented projects will be able to be more easily used for scheduling, cost management and sustainability.
  • Notwithstanding investments made to date in library and software content development, BIM-MEPAUS will significantly reduce modelling costs moving forward as a whole-of-industry effort that promotes standardisation.
  • Rather than working in a lonely BIM environment, BIM-MEPAUS will ensure that the design community has the tools necessary to support integrated project delivery and yield greater value added processes for design to fabrication.
  • Given the appetite shown to date consultants can expect clients to be requiring projects to be documented in BIM-MEPAUS moving forward.
  • BIM-MEPAUS based projects will require development of Revit capabilities from building services contractors’ and changes to current workflows.
  • BIM-MEPAUS properly implemented will reduce building services contractors’ construction documentation costs.

Please register to this year’s forum here

BIM-MEPAUS Revit Add-in Live Demonstrations

As part of our agreement with AMCA’s BIM-MEPAUS initiative, we wish to see each initiative benefit from the other.   BIM-MEPAUS has been ‘kicking some goals’ lately, so those of you in the Building Services industry should read on!


After 18 months of development the BIM-MEPAUS Revit add-in software will be released on 1 April 2012.  The software consists of customised Autodesk Revit MEP templates, schedules and content which are tailored to the BIM-MEPAUS standards and protocols.

Key dates:

  • Brisbane – 16 April 2012
  • Sydney – 17 April 2012
  • Adelaide – 18 April 2012
  • Melbourne – 19 April 2012

There are two events proposed in all four cities outlining the benefits of software demonstrations:

Event 1: Head Contractors, Building Services MEP Consultants and Contractors (12:00-1:30pm)


  • Notwithstanding investments made to data in library and software content development, BIM-MEPAUS will significantly reduce modelling costs moving forward as a whole-of-industry effort that promotes standardisation.
  • Rather than working in a lonely BIM environment, BIM-MEPAUS will ensure that the design community has the tools necessary to support integrated project delivery and yield greater value added processes for design to fabrication.
  • Given the appetite shown to date consultants can expect clients to be requiring projects to be documented in BIM-MEPAUS moving forward.

Head Contractors

  • BIM-MEPAUS documented projects are more likely to be constructible and easier to deliver with lower project time, quality and cost risks.
  • BIM-MEPAUS documented projects are going to be consistently documented from one project to another.
  • BIM-MEPAUS documented projects will be able to be more easily used for scheduling, cost management and sustainability.

MEP Contractors

  • BIM-MEPAUS based projects will require development of REVIT capabilities and changes to current workflows.
  • BIM-MEPAUS properly implemented will reduce your construction costs.

Event 2: Suppliers and manufacturers (4:30-6:00pm)

  • BIM-MEPAUS and managed content is the best way to build on current supplier/contractor arrangements.
  • BIM-MEPAUS and managed content BIM-MEPAUS is the lowest cost means of engaging in BIM enabled IPD based projects.

Those willing to attend either demonstration event should RSVP by COB Monday 10 April 2012 at the following email:  Refer to the BIM-MEPAUS website for more information.

ANZRS and AMCA align efforts

On 13 March 2012, the ANZRS signed a memorandum of understanding with the AMCA’s (Air-conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association) BIM-MEPAUS.

BIM-MEPAUS has been launched with the aim of facilitating the implementation of Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery within the Australian Construction Building Services Sector.  As part of that, the initiative has developed MEP-focused practices, models and workflows.  Revit content developed as part of the initiative is to be ANZRS-compliant, and feedback from the BIM-MEPAUSinitiative will contribute to the ongoing refinement of ANZRS.

The AMCA and ANZRS seek to establish a high level relationship that will optimise both initiatives.  A representative of ANZRS will be invited to participate within the BIM-MEPAUS User group ensuring the software and standards provide:

  • peer review of technical MEP standards, generic models and package releases; and
  • alignment with content developed with respect to MEP

The draft standards developed will be circulated amongst the ANZRS user community in order to align future developments specific to MEP.  Both organisations will also collaborate at events planned later this year, such as the RTC on 24 May 2012 and the BIM-MEPAUS Forum on 2 August 2012. Registration details for RTC AUS 2012 are now available here.

ANZRS version 3 now released!

Great news, everyone!  The newest release of ANZRS is now available – you can now get your hands on version 3!

We have kept significant changes to a minimum, as promised, but have worked hard to take all your feedback into consideration and to present a new pack that would be easier to navigate, more helpful and hopefully more practical to implement – to whatever extent you wish to.

Countries with ANZRS downloaders, shown in blue

As a general summary of what’s happened since the release of ANZRS version 2:

  • In the six months since its release, ANZRS version 2 has been downloaded more than 2,500 times from people spreading across 72 countries – far exceeding our own expectations!
  • ANZRS and AEC (UK) BIM Standards initiative have a reciprocated endorsement agreement.  The two organisations will continue to work together to improve their respective work.
  • ANZRS implementation statistics are soon to be established via a short survey, but several key large projects and organisations have already committed to implementing ANZRS.  The project value so far (that the ANZRS committee is aware of) tallies more than $6billion.
  • ANZRS and AMCA’s BIM-MEPAUS  initiative continue to work together, with Revit content for BIM-MEPAUS to be compliant with ANZRS.

We’ve responded to feedback, with a number of format changes:

  • No password required to read the documentation.
  • PDF Portfolio format omitted, making it easier to read on mobile devices and applications (e.g. iBooks).
  • Improved graphic design and layout, including bookmarks.
  • Additional discipline-specific checklists for compliance requirements.

We’ve also made some content changes:

  • Checklists are now available as a separate download, for easier input and aggregation.
  • Additional MEP subcategories have been added.
  • Some improvements to Shared Parameters.

For more detail on the changes since Version 2, please refer to the ANZRS v3 Change Log. {filelink=8}

Download ANZRS version 3.



ANZRS to be implemented on Royal Adelaide Hospital

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) will be Australia’s most advanced hospital and the single largest infrastructure project in the State’s history. The $1.85billion state of the art facility will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership under the State Governments SA Partnership Model. SA Health Partnership Consortium comprising Hansen Yuncken, Leighton Contractors and Spotless will undertake the financing, design, construction and operation of the nonclinical services of the hospital for 35 years. The Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractor Joint Venture (HYLC) will be responsible for the Design and Construction aspect of this significant project.

This landmark project is set to create a benchmark within Australia’s healthcare sector.
Hi-technology collaborative design solutions such as BIM along with a number of various initiatives will be implemented prior to construction.

Artist's impression of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital
Image courtesy of South Australian Health Partnership

The design consultant team is made up of Silver Thomas Hanley Design Inc, Walbridge and Gilbert , KBR, Bestec and Lehr Consultants International – each of which is using Autodesk Revit software.  Consequently, ANZRS is set to be applied to the digital components within the facility, as a means of ensuring that quality, robust, data-rich content is optimally utilised.

Chris Penn, BIM Manager for the HYLC Joint Venture is enthusiastic about implementing industry initiatives like ANZRS, and the AMCA’s BIM-MEPAUS initiative.

“On a job of this size and importance, there is a huge need for consistency and quality of information.  This extends to the informational and physical attributes of the virtual project.  We see initiatives like ANZRS as beneficial to the industry, and are keen to support them and their ongoing development.”

Penn also anticipates key benefits to the project and the project team, including reliability of data, interoperability and better navigation through it.

Implementation of ANZRS falls within the wider strategy for BIM use on the project.  Other aspects of the strategy include design analysis, movement/transition of data, environmental studies, design-to-fabrication workflows, construction planning and coordination, field-BIM, model tracking and deliveries, and the capture and re-use of data throughout construction for the penultimate goal of improved Facility Management throughout its life cycle.

In addition to ANZRS, the project team are set to use Content Studio, a content management tool designed to improve the workflows and informational exchanges associated with content development.

More information on the RAH can be found at

Welcome to ANZRS

Well, it’s been a long time in coming, but ANZRS is finally here.  It’s been a mammoth effort, and has been a collaborative effort with input from dozens of industry representatives from multiple disciplines and roles within the AECO/FM community.  In the 3 weeks since this year’s Australasian Revit Technology Conference (RTC), the ANZRS beta website had more than 2,000 unique visitors!

The first digital public release of the Australian & New Zealand Revit Standards focuses on Content Creation and Management – specifically, Revit families.

The document pack is now available for download.  Click on the Download link on the left, and don’t forget to leave some of your contact details so we can keep you updated!

In the coming weeks and months, we will begin listing companies who have agreed to adopt ANZRS.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  If you or your firm are interested, please get in touch with us.