In a rapid succession of updates and announcements in November, a significant revision to NZS3910 was released, alongside changes to the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Handbook and a comprehensive update of design guidelines announced by the New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC). These documents are vital for engineers and other professions working in the construction industry, serving as the most up-to-date standards and guidelines.


The latest revision of NZS3910, which underpins construction contracts in New Zealand, marks the first substantial update in over a decade. This update introduces crucial changes that reflect the evolving needs and practices within the industry.

Additions include an order of precedence in the Contract Agreement, the incorporation of a Target Cost Contract Price, and the introduction of new clauses focused on environmental protection and contract administration. It introduces new roles to replace the Engineer to the Contract, transitions to fault-based indemnity, and includes new Final Account processes.

The review committee consisted of 23 members, which included contractors, designers, principals and professionals from private, central, and local government sectors. Among them was Gavin Shaw, Director of Navig8 Construction Advisory, representing Engineering New Zealand. The outcome also incorporates input from 2,274 public consultation comments.

Engineering New Zealand will deliver a brand new NZS3910:2023 online module in the new year, presented by Gavin Shaw, off the back of excellent reviews and success of the NZS3910:2013 courses.

Where to find more information

To view the updated NZS3910:2023, visit the Standards New Zealand website. To find out more about the online module offered by Engineering New Zealand, contact our Learning and Partnerships Team.

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The updated BIM Handbook, endorsed by Engineering New Zealand and other industry organisations, aims to align with current international standards and industry changes. Changes include updates for sector inclusivity, refreshed sections on establishing client information requirements, a revised construction section, new procurement appendix, updated model coordination appendix, rewritten BIM process section and updated templates like the BIM Execution Plan.

The new release aims to cater to diverse project types by focusing on simplifying language, streamlining processes and ensuring compliance with the latest industry trends.

Where to find more information

Detailed information about the updated BIM Handbook and its contents can be found on the New Zealand Institute of Building website.


The New Zealand Construction Industry Council (CIC) has announced a comprehensive update to their Design Guidelines – the first in 10 years – following extensive consultation with engineers and other relevant professions. The guidelines promote adherence to the Health and Safety at Work Act, sustainability, Māori design processes, and aim to stay current with the latest building and engineering trends, practices, and regulations. The update acknowledges the growing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and seeks to improve client/industry collaboration and communication, with content specifically tailored for the New Zealand construction industry.

The 2023 review sees the Design Guidelines hosted on a digital platform. This will offer users increased functionality and ease of use. Access is at no cost to users.

Where to find more information

The new Design Guidelines are available for free through the NZCIC website.