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What is Xchange

Xchange 2024 is the first of its kind, a brand new buildingSMART Australasia annual event running over 2 days. It combines a unique technical learning experience on Day 1, and a line-up of handpicked speakers who will discuss how Digital transformation and open standards are changing the infrastructure industry on Day 2. This inaugural event is a must for anyone working in the infrastructure sector.


Day 1 – Technical Short Course

Join us at UTS (Building 11- FEIT) for The OpenBIM with IFC Short Course, a 1-day series of workshops offering a technical training program covering core buildingSMART technologies and digital workflows applicable to building and civil infrastructure projects. The workshop provides an opportunity for subject matter experts to share knowledge and best practice in the concepts and application of buildingSMART technologies, and for attendees to gain a Certificate and Digital Badge from bSA and the University of Technology in the use of IFC in the AECO industry.

Industry partners include:

Eric Bugeja, Ian Howell, Holger de Groot, Scott Beazley, John Mitchell, Jon Mirtschin, and A/Professor Julie Jupp.

Session 1

(led by Holger de Groot)

Covers core buildingSMART technologies, including:

Industry Foundation Class (IFC) - What is IFC and Why IFC? Benefits of IFC

Information Delivery Manual and Model View Definition (IDM / MVD)

buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) & BIM Collaboration Format (BCF)

IFC Project Showcase – buildingSMART International 2022/23 Award Winners and Best Practices

Session 2

(led by Scott Beazley)

Application of buildingSMART technologies, including:

IFC Classes, Attributes, Relationships and Class Hierarchy

IFC Common and Custom Properties, Quantities and Naming

IFC Model Setup and Information Delivery Manual

Exporting and Importing IFC Files

Session 3

(led by bSA leads)

Vendor/discipline Specific Sessions

Roundtables (Industry Verticals)

openBIM Project Solutions Workshop (led by Jon Mirtschin)

The Wrap Up


Ian Howell (BSI Chair) and Eric Bugeja (BSA Chair)

Certificate Awards

Networking Drinks

Event details and bookings:


Day 2 – Conference


Ian Howell

Chairperson of buildingSMART International

Presentations and panels covering topics focussed on digital transformation in the infrastructure sector and the importance of open standards. Session may include the following:

Keynote: Ian Howell - buildingSMART International Chair on how open standards are being used around the world and the future direction of buildingSMART

Updates from Government infrastructure delivery agencies on current digital strategies and the application of Open Standards

New and upcoming digital standards impacting infrastructure

Best practice presentations on the application of global and local application of open standards

Initiatives in upskilling industry in Digital Engineering & BIM

Close and Networking Drinks

Event details and bookings:


University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Aerial Function Centre and Labs

Day 1 is hosted at UTS Computing Labs at the Faculty of Engineering & IT and will close with a networking session. Classes will be capped at 60 participants.

Day 2 will utilise the Aerial Function Centre. Capacity will be approximately 200 attendees based on proposed configuration.

2m x 2m exhibition spaces will be provided amongst the area attendees will have lunch and networking drinks (*no. of spaces to be confirmed and subject to availability).

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