Building Innovation Partnership

Infrastructure engineered for improved resilience, quality and affordability

The BIP research and delivery programme supports the NZ building industry in becoming a world leader in applying digital methods to asset planning, design, construction and management, and for engineering solutions that improve the resilience and value of buildings and horizontal infrastructure (i.e. infrastructure).

The work is expected to evolve over the life of the programme and be sufficiently flexible to address industry needs as they identified, documented and implemented.  The work portfolio below identifies the initial projects and relevant project leaders / managers.

Theme 1 - Better Investment Decisions

1.1 Pipe Condition Technology Assessment

Contact(s):      Theuns Henning, University of Auckland

Objective(s):   Review technologies for in-situ assessment of pipe condition.

Status:             Current

1.2 National Infrastructure Model

Contact(s):    Greg Preston, Quake Centre

Theuns Henning, University of Auckland

Objective(s):   Develop digital twin and metadata standards for New Zealand’s infrastructure.

Status:             Current

1.3 Data, Metrics and Reporting for Wastewater Pipe Networks

Contact(s):      Mark Milke, University of Canterbury

Theuns Henning, University of Auckland

Objective(s):   Develop improved models for residual life, failure risk and costs of pipes.

Status:             Current

1.4 Holistic Decision-Making for Three-Waters

Contact(s):      Theuns Henning, University of Auckland

Objective(s):   Develop holistic framework for infrastructure investment decision-making, including: economic, environmental, cultural and social dimensions, and well-being.

Status:             Current

1.5 Strategic Review of Procurement of Three-Waters

Contact(s):      Theuns Henning, University of Auckland

Objective(s):   Understand the key issues faced by industry for the procurement of three-waters assets and benchmark practice in New Zealand with other countries.

Status:  Current

Theme 2 - Enabling Integrated Design, Construction and Operation

 2.1 Strategic Review of Digitisation of the Building Industry

Contact(s):      Robert Amor, University of Auckland

Larry Bellamy, University of Canterbury

Objective(s):   Understand state of digital building technologies in New Zealand building industry compared with overseas and identify pathways and technologies to accelerate digitisation of the industry.

Status:             Current

2.2 Quality Assurance Processes for Digital Building Consenting

Contact(s):      Robert Amor, University of Auckland

Objective(s):   Develop protocols for assuring the quality of digital versions of the New Zealand Building Code and digitised methods for Code compliance checking.

Status:             Current

2.3 Artificial Intelligence Processes to Code Compliance Checking

Contact(s):      Robert Amor, University of Auckland

Objective(s):   Develop artificial intelligence methods for automating the digitisation of the New Zealand Building Code and Code compliance checkers.

Status:             Current

2.4 Digital Building Technologies – Performance Metrics

Contact(s):      Larry Bellamy, University of Canterbury

Objective(s):   Develop performance metrics and measurement methods for assessing the benefits of digital building technologies.

Status:             Current

2.5 BIM to BAM – Developing and Using Digital Twins

Contact(s):      Greg Preston, Quake Centre

Robert Amor, University of Auckland

Larry Bellamy, University of Canterbury

Objective(s):   Develop new methods for creating and using digital twins for use in construction and asset management.

Status:             Current

2.6 Location Data Standards

Contact(s):      Greg Preston, Quake Centre

Matt Wilson, University of Canterbury

Objective(s):   Develop a strategy for integrating geospatial standards with BIM and built environment metadata standards.

Status:  Current

Theme 3 - Fit-for-Purpose Building Components

3.1 Non-Structural Elements Experimental Testing

Contact(s):      Rajesh Dhakal, University of Canterbury

Tim Sullivan, University of Canterbury

Objective(s):   Produce experimental evidence of the seismic performance of non-structural elements to enable the development of improved design methods/standards and technologies.

Status:             Current

3.2 Strategic Review of Design and Construction of Non-Structural Elements

Contact(s):      Jan Stanway, WSP-Opus

Objective(s):   Identify problems with current design and construction practices and pathways for addressing issues.

Status:             Current

3.3 Non-Structural Elements Testing Facility

Contact(s):      Tim Sullivan, University of Canterbury

Objective(s):   Develop designs and strategies for providing non-structural testing facilities to serve industry needs.

Status:             Current