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Australia to digitise all building information

Australia: Australia will soon implement the Virtual Australia and New Zealand initiative (VANZI) which aims to digitise terrain and buildings over the region. VANZI will be a cooperative exercise by owners of government and private property, who will each own the digital model of their own property. The federated database will be surrounded with a legal apparatus to govern ownership of, and access to, the digital representations of properties.

Each property’s building information model (BIM) will be related to the appropriate part of the terrain model (GIS) and to the services, such as electricity and drainage, connected to the property, using standards and ‘extract translate load’ tools to provide interoperability.

There will also be a relationship along the time axis in terms of the workflow of any alterations to the property – the consents required and the resources brought to bear to make each change.

The scheme “also involves the dynamic modelling of buildings for compliance with building codes for resilience against earthquake, fire, flood and wind, as well as simulation of shadowing, energy and water use, together with traffic flows and the movement of people, etc within city precincts – to optimise designs for liveability and sustainability,” stated a report of a July meeting of VANZI stakeholders.

Michael Haines, CEO of VANZI, the consortium leading its implementation, admits it will take several years to formulate the legal apparatus. The technology is the least of the problems, he said.

The main challenge is to evolve a legal framework to encode this new concept of ownership of virtual property. Initial discussions have taken place with government agencies in Victoria, New South Wales, and New Zealand, and interest has been expressed from more than 100 stakeholders, Haines said.

Source: Computer World