Lets talk about IFC and COBie

Lets talk about IFC and COBie – clear video explaining relations.

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IFC4 Add1 Release | Open BIM

IFC4_add1IFC4 Add1 – the first addendum of IFC4 incorporating necessary improvements that had been identified during the pilot implementations and the development activities for the first Model View Definitions.

Final version IFC4 Add1 released in July 2015 as buildingSMART Final Standard. Baseline for IFC4 Reference View V1.0 and IFC4 Design Transfer View V1.0

  • IFC4 – (formerly IFC2x4) – has been released as the new IFC platform for the upcoming years in 2013. It incorporates several extensions of IFC in building, building service and structural areas, enhancements of geometry and other resource components, and numerous quality improvements, fully integrated simple ifcXML specification, and a new documentation format
    • final version IFC4 released in March 2013
    • see IFC4 Add1 for minor updates to be incorporated for official IFC4 Model View Definitions

IFC4 support information:

source: buildingSMART | international home of openBIM
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OpenBIMweek 2015 – Eindhoven (NL) | Hackathon


All events will take place at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Full program can be found in the links below.

The events during the openBIMweek:

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IFC4 Design Transfer & Reference Views are now bSI Final Standards

buildingSMART International has generated two more open sharable standards through its Standards Program. The development of these standards has followed a rigorous process and been endorsed by the International Standards Committee.

The purpose of the IFC4 Design Transfer View is to provide building information with support for editing of interconnected elements.

IFC4 Design Transfer View

Such applications enable inserting, deleting, moving, and modifying physical building elements and spaces. An example of a target scenario is an architect providing building design information to an engineer for a particular discipline, where geometric modifications may need to be made.

The main purpose of the IFC4 Reference View is to define a standardized subset of the IFC4 schema, a Model View Definition MVD, that is particularly suitable for all BIM work flows that are based on reference models where the exchange is mainly one-directional.

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Open BIM | Trimble and Nemetschek Group Partner to Expand Adoption of Building Information Modeling Across Building Design, Construction and Operation

Companies Collaborate to Promote Openness and Interoperability Across their Solution Portfolios

SUNNYVALE, Calif., and MUNICH, May 4, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and the Nemetschek Group (XETRA: NEM), leaders in digital solutions for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) markets, announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to expand the deployment of Building Information Modeling (BIM) across the entire Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. The alliance will emphasize collaborative approaches to design modeling and 5D construction management through data integration between a variety of the companies’ products.

The announcement was made today at the Lake Constance 5D-Conference 2015 held this week in Constance, Germany.

Trimble and Nemetschek will share their extensive global market and technology expertise and collaborate on initiatives to drive a paradigm change in the development and adoption of technologies for the AEC industry and building owners.

The companies intend to:

  • Transparently share data formats to support new solutions and promote workflow interoperability between selected products across the DBO lifecycle;
  • Tighten the connection of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) solutions to real data from the field and real objects in the physical world;
  • Support interoperability and the longevity of project data for the entire project lifecycle;
  • Maintain their respective deep commitments to open standards and workflows for the benefit of the entire industry—rather than for any individual vendor.

Open, Connected and Interoperable via Trimble Connect

Trimble and Nemetschek plan to leverage the Trimble® Connect collaboration platform to integrate workflows and create close interoperability between selected Trimble solutions—including SketchUp, Tekla Structures, Vico Office, Trimble Prolog®, Trimble Field Link and MEPdesigner for SketchUp—and solutions in the Nemetschek portfolio, such as Allplan, ArchiCAD, DDS, Scia Engineer, Vectorworks and Nevaris.

Both companies are committed to open standards and workflows—a rapidly emerging approach to the collaborative design, construction and operation of buildings. With Nemetschek solutions supporting the Trimble Connect platform—a cloud-based collaboration environment that features an open environment for BIM-based AEC workflows—Trimble and Nemetschek are coordinating their efforts to offer best-of-breed solutions for customers.

“Across the DBO spectrum, customers want the freedom to choose the best tools for the job and the security of knowing those tools will work together. But too often they find that the data they need is not interoperable across their different software workflows,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions. “Our companies’ shared vision is to give users a choice, rather than dictate what they use. We’re pleased to partner with Nemetschek on these important initiatives.”

“Our customers already enjoy the benefits of workflow integration between most of our products. This collaboration allows us to provide an overarching strategic layer on top of everything we do,” said Patrik Heider, spokesman and Chief Financial & Operations Officer (CFOO) of the Nemetschek Group. “This will better enable us to provide our customers with end-to-end workflow solutions that cover the entire AEC life cycle in a fully transparent and ‘open’ way.”

Trimble and Nemetschek will provide updates on specific collaborative initiatives as the relationship progresses.

Full article can be found on:
Nemetschek website
Trimble website

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London Watford Standards Summit Successes

Over 160 people from 19 different nations gathered in London Watford for the buildingSMART International Standards Conference.


Key milestones achieved during the summit include:

  • The inaugural meeting of the Standards Committee (SC) took place
  • The Standards Process, launched in Toronto, was used throughout the summit
  • The Standards Committee Executive (SCE) agreed to put forward, S1004 IFC alignment 1.0 and S1001 Coordination MVDs for IFC4 (Design Transfer View) and S1002 (Reference View), for endorsement as bSI Final Standard
  • 4 Initiation requests were received to create a bSI Standard Proposal
  • 1 Development request to approve as bSI Candidate Standard
  • 4 Deployment request to approve as bSI Final Standard
  • Room Charters continued to be developed ready for final issue in June

The full set of resolutions and presentations from the summit are posted at Standards Summit Program

View the Activities list for a complete picture of Standards and Technical Reports progress

buildingSMART International thanks the UK Chapter, their sponsors and BRE for the excellent organisation and hospitality.

source: buildingsmart.com

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Richard Kelly to join buildingSMART International as Operations Director

Richard Kelly 200 x 200

BuildingSMART International is delighted to announce that it has appointed Richard Kelly to the new full time role of Operations Director.

Richard comes from Heathrow Airport Ltd. where he has an asset management and process improvement leadership role. He will take up his new post on 9 March 2015. buildingSMART International made significant progress during 2014 in reorganizing its activities to provide the stronger leadership demanded of it around the world as the uptake of open BIM gathers pace.

The creation of a new post of Operations Director represents an important move to strengthen further the leadership capability of buildingSMART International. Richard will focus on the day to day operations of buildingSMART and on developing the Standards Program.

…Read more: www.buildingsmart.com

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The film explains the basics of the openBIM and buildingSMART concepts.

The film explains the basics of the openBIM and buildingSMART concepts.

Produced by buildingSMART Norway – www.buildingsmart.no


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Review period for IFC4 Design Transfer View beta announced

London / Munich, Nov 14, 2014

As part of the buildingSMART Project P2 “Coordination View successor for IFC4”, the second Model View Definition (MVD), the IFC4 Design Transfer View, has been published as a beta version.

The beta version is now out for public review until Dec 12, 2014. It is based on the IFC4 Addendum 1 RC1, that has been published in parallel and undergoes the same review cycle.

See the official website for all information, online access, downloads and guidelines on how to comment during the review period.

The work has been carried out by the Model Support Group on behalf of buildingSMART International enabled by generous support from DIBK – Norwegian Building Authority.

More info

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30 years of DDS – first BIM video ever!

In 1984, shortly before the first release of DDS-CAD, the BBC reporter Maggie Philbin had an interview with Nils Kverneland, who had recently founded Data Design System AS.

The first BIM video ever!

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