Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling

Established in March 2012, the Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaboration of multidisciplinary research and industry expertise from Curtin University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China.

The Centre focuses on developing leading research that integrates BIM with other advanced concepts and technologies to improve the performance and productivity of building projects in the energy, mineral and construction industries worldwide.

It acts as an allied international platform for creating and sharing knowledge among researchers, engineers and innovators in these industries – which aims to enhance policy development and enable key industry stakeholders to ameliorate informed decision-making throughout a project’s life cycle.

Key facts

  • More than $7 million research funding for three years, including two ARC linkages
  • More than 200 technical journal articles over the past five years
  • Connections with more than 50 overseas universities
  • More than 40 industry partners
  • Industrial test-beds at various scales.

Our Research team

The building information modelling research team is a diverse group of academics with a wide variety of knowledge and skill-sets in many different areas.

As a globally focused facility, the researchers at the BIM Centre come from a wide array of backgrounds and countries, each bringing their own unique experience and knowledge to their projects. This international focus allows the BIM Centre to be constantly searching for the latest advancements in technology and research, not just in Australasia, but globally. This focus on innovation by our team helps make the BIM Centre an industry focused organisation; dedicated to applying new solutions to real-world scenarios and technology. Many of the researchers are also involved in teaching their chosen discipline to the next generation of industry leaders. Not only are they constantly honing their skills, but their interactions with students allow them to experience and hear different perspectives on the direction of the discipline and how their research is being used to improve industry.

International collaboration

Curtin’s Professor Xiangyu Wang leads the Curtin managing committee of the Centre, which includes Mr Charlie Thorn, Director of Research and Development.

The HUST side includes President of Northeastern University, in China, and Director of HUST’s BIM Research Centre, Professor Lieyun Ding; co-director of the joint BIM Centre, Professor Hanbin Luo; and Professor Hongping Zhu. Researchers, PhD students, visiting fellows and academics collaborate with advisors, developers and engineers across the disciplines of construction management, computer science, applied mathematics, spatial sciences, digital media, digital architecture, public health, and chemical engineering.

Benefits for industry

There is growing demand for mega construction projects in mining and oil and gas facilities and infrastructure. The Centre’s research will potentially impact the work practices of people involved in these projects worldwide. The Centre’s research will also see improvements across the life cycle of smaller-scale construction projects, such as hospitals and commercial buildings.

Industries to benefit from BIM and its integrated technologies include:

  • mining: virtual construction to rehearse the planning and construction of mining infrastructure or facilities, allowing an optimised site plan to be created prior to construction
  • oil and gas: improved cost and schedule control of mega projects will result in a productivity boost and a reduction in down time and the costs associated with this
  • construction: a reduction in the amount of rework, requests for information, scheduling and risk
  • infrastructure: safety control and quality assurance for projects such as hospitals, railways, bridges and highways.


The Centre’s research focus on the oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure sectors is sponsored by several industry partners, including the following:

Advisory Board members

  • Dr Monty Sutrisna
    Department of Construction Management,
    Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University
  • Professor Tao Tao
    Dean of the School of Environmental Engineering, HUST

Management Committee

  • Professor Xiangyu Wang
  • Mr Charlie Thorn
    Director Research & Development
  • Professor Lieyun Ding
    President/VC of Northeastern Univ and the Director of BIM centre at HUST
  • Professor Hanbin Luo
  • Professor Hongping Zhu
    Dean of Civil Engineering and Mechanics
  • Mr Martijn Truijens
    Business Development Manager
  • Dr Ying Zhou (HUST)

Scientific Committee Members

Conference Chair: Professor Xiangyu Wang, Curtin University

Scientific Chair: Professor Pekka Leviakangas, Curtin University