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  • BIM ThinkSpace
    BIM ThinkSpace is one of the longest running blogs (first post was in Oct 2005) covering Building Information Modelling from an 'informed practitioners' perspective. It posts infrequently yet shares thought-provoking topics and valuable contributions from international guest authors.
  • BIM Framework
    The BIM Framework includes a large number of conceptual models developed as part of an ongoing research covering BIM, performance assessment and improvement...The intention of this site is to invite discussion around each of these models and how they can be adapted, generalised or extended.
  • BIM Excellence
    Building Information Modelling Excellence (BIMe) is a unique approach to measure and improve the BIM performance of individuals, organizations and project teams. Based on extensive research and testing, BIMe uses specialized measurements to identify actual BIM Capability (the ability to deliver a BIM service) and BIM Maturity (how good that service really is). For more information about BIM Capability and Maturity, please refer to Episode 13.
  • ChangeAgents AEC
    ChangeAgents AEC is a consultancy alliance based in Australia and focusing on Building Information Modelling, data interoperability and process integration.


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I'm a specialised BIM performance assessor, avid researcher, and visual communicator at I'm also a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle.


Between 1994-2004, I've worked as a designer, team leader and site manage on major projects in Australia and the Middle East before focusing my attention on BIM, process design and performance improvement. In 2004, I've established ChangeAgents AEC, an independent research-based consultancy to assist organizations in adopting BIM tools and workflows.

In 2009, Change Agents launched BIM Excellence (BIMe), an innovative research-based solution for BIM performance assessment and improvement. BIMe includes both online tools and onsite services dedicated to measuring and improving the BIM competency of (a) individuals, (b) organizations, (c) projects and (d) teams. In late 2014, BIMe will be re-launched as an open, not-for-profit, international initiative to improve the BIM performance of construction industry practitioners/organizations through integrated assessment, certification and learning modules.

Academically, I’ve studied business administration, interior design and fine arts. I also undertook postgraduate studies in organizational behaviour and human resource management. In 2013, and after nearly 9 years of hard labour, I completed my PhD at the University of Newcastle focusing on BIM knowledge structures and performance improvement tools.

I've participated in many industry-wide initiatives including the CRC-CI BIM National Guidelines and Case Studies project (2007-09) and chaired the AIA/Consult Australia’s BIM Education Working Group (2011-12). I've also conducted many corporate and public workshops in Australia, US, UK, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Brazil.

Below is a selective list of may latest presentations, workshops and publications:

Presentations and workshops (partial):

The Road to BIM Excellence, presentation at BIM Show Live 2015, in collaboration with Imperial College London (Estates Projects) and BIM.Technologies, Manchester, UK, April 9, 2015.

Strategic BIM Adoption within organizations and across markets, Keynote presentation at the International BIM Day, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sep 22, 2014.
Presentation slides

Aligning project requirements with team capabilities, presentation at the RTC Australasia 2014 - Melbourne, May 29, 2014. Presentation slides with notes

The link between the BIM Framework and BIM Excellence, academic workshop and industry presentations in Singapore, April 28-30, 2014.

The BIM Framework, the knowledge structures underlying the BIM domain - an academic perspective, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) - Brazil, October 25, 2013

As competências necessárias para o profissional que atua no processo BIM - "The BIM competencies of industry practitioners", presentation at the 4th International BIM Seminar, organized by SindusCon-SP, São Paulo - Brazil, October 24, 2013...Download Slides

BIM Excellence presentation and full-day Workshop - part of Informa BIM Summit 2013 - Sydney, August 26 and 28, 2013

BIM In Practice - an overview of challenges and current industry initiatives, Jazcorp SEEDS conference - Perth, July 12, 2013

Invited speaker (BIM Performance Measurement and Improvement) and workshop facilitator (BIM Maturity in Malaysia). Part of the “Sustainable Building Construction through BIM” seminar and workshop hosted by the University of Malaya (UM) and the Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), Kuala Lumpur, April 23, 2013

Introducing BIM into Tertiary Curricula, presentation at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW, October 2012

BIM Education Strategy: presentation at the annual meeting of Heads of School of Architecture Association for Australia (AASA) at Griffith University, Gold Coast, September 2012

BIM Excellence: a Unique Approach to Performance Assessment and Certification, RTC - Australasia (website), May 2012.

BIM Education Woking Group, presentation to the AIA National Education Committee, Canberra ACT, March 2012

BIM Industrial Transformation in Australia: online presentation at the 8th IBS Roundtable: Mechanisation through Building Information Modelling (BIM), November 2011 - Malaysia

BIM competency: from implementation to assessment, presentation at the buildingSMART National Industry Conference, University of New South Wales, September 11, 2009

Organizational BIM: How to assess and improve your organization’s BIM performance and Understanding BIM Wash, a Primer for Clients and Service Providers, RTC Australasia (website), May 2011

Building Information Modeling: From Implementation to Performance Management, BIMARC2010 seminar at Berjaya Times Square (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), July 23rd, 2010 (brochure link - PDF)

BIM Awareness and Competency, a Construct-IT for Business workshop, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Jason Underwood at the ThinkLAB, University of Salford (Salford, United Kingdom), May 11th, 2010 (review link - PDF)

BIM Competency: from Implementation to Assessment, a presentation at buildingSMART National Conference, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), September 11th, 2009 (website)

...Other: BIM Excellence presentations in Hong Kong (2010), BIM-CMM workshop at NIBS in Washington DC (2010), BIM: Change or Perish at RAIA, Victoria (2007).

Academic Publications:

Succar B. (2013), Building Information Modelling: conceptual constructs and performance improvement tools (PhD Thesis), December 16, 2013 (download thesis)

Succar B. & Sher W. (2013), A competency knowledge-base for BIM learning, AUBEA2013, Auckland NZ, November 20-22, 2013 (download paper)

Succar B., Sher W., & Williams, A. (2013), An integrated approach to BIM competency assessment, acquisition and application, Automation In Construction (download paper)

Succar B., Sher W., & Williams A. (2012). Measuring BIM performance: Five metrics. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(2), 120-142 (download paper)

Succar, Bilal (2010), The Five Components of BIM Performance Measurement, 2010 CIB World Congress, Salford, United Kingdom (download paper)

Succar, Bilal (2010), Building Information Modelling Maturity Matrix. In Jason Underwood & Umit Isikdag (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Building Information Modelling and Construction Informatics: Concepts and Technologies: Information Science Reference, IGI Publishing (download paper)

Succar, Bilal (2009), Building information modelling framework: A research and delivery foundation for industry stakeholders. Automation in Construction, 18(3), 357-375 (download paper)

Additional academic papers can be downloaded from (

Other Publications:

BIM Performance Measurement and Improvement - presentation (download slides)

BIM in Practice - BIM Education (co-authored with 11 colleagues, part of the AIA/Consult Australia BIM Education Working Group effort), August 2012 (download PDF (540 KB), visit website)

Roof and Façade Magazine – Asian Edition (English Language), multiple articles in May, June and September 2010 (link to R&F website)

Building Information Modelling: A Call For Action, in Bloomfield Tremayne’s Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2009

The BIM Episodes - Bilal is the editor and main author of, a blog dedicated to informed BIM practitioners and topic researchers. BIM ThinkSpace started in October 2005 and has a large number of subscribers.