NATSPEC National BIM Guide 2022

Recently, NATSPEC released their updated National BIM Guide for the AECO industry, now freely available from During its development, the NATSPEC National BIM Guide was distributed to over 200 individuals, including the Modmation team, who were active reviewers of the updated document suite.

The core Guide is aimed mainly at those in executive and management roles. The 2022 version of the BIM Guide is aligned with the AS ISO 19650 standard, and it introduces key BIM concepts and principles focusing on strategic and managerial aspects of BIM implementation.

Detailed technical content has been relocated to the Appendices and Templates. As a suite of documents, the main elements of the Guide include the following:

  • NATSPEC National BIM Guide – The core document covers general strategic and managerial aspects of BIM implementation.
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A – Glossary – Definitions and explanations of terms and abbreviations used in the Guide.
    • Appendix B – AS ISO 19650 Resources Descriptions – Brief descriptions of documents and resources that support the information management processes described in AS ISO 19650.
    • Appendix C – BIM Use & Enabler Descriptions – Descriptions of BIM uses and enablers, potential value, scope considerations, and applicable references that can be used as a resource when selecting appropriate BIM use on a project.
    • Appendix D – Defining Information Requirements – Guidance and resources to specify information requirements.
  • Templates
    • Asset Information Requirements (AIR) Template – AS ISO 19650 aligned.
    • Project Information Requirements (PIR) Template – AS ISO 19650 aligned.
    • Exchange Information Requirements (EIR) Template – AS ISO 19650 aligned.
    • Project BIM Brief (PBB) Template – Useful for simple projects and eliciting a BIM brief from clients, serving a similar function to the PIR and EIR templates.

Together, this suite of documents helps to facilitate consistent BIM implementation. The BIM Guide represents a substantial resource for anyone in the AECO industry planning a project based on BIM and collaborative work practices such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

This update is essential to improving BIM practice in Australia. We want to thank the NATSPEC team for the ongoing maintenance and development of the National BIM guide with objective insights focused on improving our industry.

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