Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre located at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the country’s most iconic and distinctive buildings.

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Sydney Opera House


Sydney, Australia


Strategy, Digital Technologies, Building Performance


Heritage and Conservation

3 min read

BIM Academy beat international competition to win a major project to provide specialist facilities management (FM) technical capability for Sydney Opera House.

BIM Academy worked with the client’s Building Information Management team, to define and develop a detailed facilities management specification to meet the building stakeholder needs for the existing building and its future development.

We subsequently developed and implemented a unique BIM4FM solution to achieve operational and cost efficiencies to support an enhanced visitor experience, playing a pivotal role in the conservation and preservation of the Opera House’s cultural programme.

As part of our commission, we undertook detailed consultations with stakeholders on current and future needs; conducted a review of its current systems, processes and decision matrix; and created and a detailed technical specification that defines the long-term requirements.

We also developed a detailed model management plug in for the Revit model of the building. This has enabled the Opera House to start the implementation of a web based BIM4FM interface that will link a constantly maintained geo spatially accurate model of the building to its engineering, maintenance and building control systems.

BIM Academy teamed with leading software developer EcoDomus and local AECOM project managers to tender, and subsequently win, the delivery of the BIM-enabled FM platform.

Rolled out over two years, the project was executed in two stages: the first stage involved successfully retrieving and linking information from existing and new databases via the digital 3D model, while the second introduced a broader range of functional modules that can be added to the BIM interface over time.