bSI Newsletter No.15 | buildingSMART newsletter No.15. Feb 2014

bSI NewsbuildingSMART International | bSI Newsletter No.15. Feb 2014 by laurenssen

Newsletter for Open BIM. The latest news on IFC for infrastructure – plus a strategy to strengthen bSI Chapter links.

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bSI meeting in Stockholm – March 2014

Details of the bSI meetings in Stockholm on 17th – 20th March 2014 are now available.


A draft program for the meetings and sessions during the ITM week in Stockholm in March 2014 has now been prepared. Details of meeting locations and accommodation options are also available.

Download draft program (updated 18th Feb)

Local contact
Väino Tarandi
Technical coordinator buildingSMART Nordic

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The BCF 2.0 proposal is public on github

The BCF 2.0 proposal is public on github: Please use the issue tracker for feedback. Click on the image for the link.

buildingSMART-ISG (Implementer Support Group) has created a task group for defining BCF 2.0 and the result of this work will be provided before the next ISG meeting in Prague, on the 9 of September 2013. There are lots of improvements proposed, most important are:

  • Support for multiple snapshots/viewpoints on topics.
  • Improved control of colour, visibility and colour was added to visualization. This is a difficult issue as you never know how many models that might be open at the same time. The topic might have been created while two models where opened and is later “covered” by a third domain model.
  • New support for bitmaps on viewpoints. This is to allow for overlays of text, sketches etc in viewpoints.
  • Support for “BimSnipplets”. These are in effect small ifcXML, ifc2x4 or ifc4 files. This is to support eg. provision for voids.
  • Support for “DocumentReference”. Could refer to a file in the topic folder or to an URL.
  • Email added to comments for better identification of authors.
  • A topic comment can now have the status of open or closed. If more granularity is needed “VerbalStatus” can be used. A set of proposed status lists might be provided with the documentation of the format.
  • minor optional improvements like the possibility to index topics was also added.

The improved BCF 2.0 will be backwards compatible with BCF 1.0. The work is being documented on ISG Jira with participants from Catenda, DDS, Iabi, ISG, Solibri and Tekla.

A second task group currently is working on a standardised webservice, so that BCF could be synchronised automatically among various applications and platforms, in future.


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bim+ | cloud based BIM

bim+ simplifies your daily work
bim+ is an open cloud based platform for the building industry. bim+ uses the best technologies for the internet, cloud, apps and mobile devices to help all participants in the building process.

Being open is critical for your success, and ours. bim+ is vendor independent. Your BIM models can come from CAD tools of any vendor. bim+ is IFC and OPEN BIM compliant and has an open API. This results in an open ecosystem of innovative developers from around the world who create apps and services for bim+.

bim+ is an open platform that helps you build faster and better. It provides the simplest way to store, share, visualize and connect your building information. bim+ is a cloud-based service for anybody involved in the design, construction and management of buildings.

  • bim+ is an open, “All-Connect” platform for connecting people, information and BIM models to build faster. bim+ is Open BIM compliant.
  • bim+ provides universal access, sharing and connection of relevant building information; enabling seamless collaboration among all people in the project
  • bim+ is designed, using the latest Internet computing, cloud technologies, mobile devices and social communication.
  • bim+ is the future of the Internet based building Industry.

bim+ Facebook

The bim+ API provides an interface for accessing the building information and models. It connects the building project information to a vast number of developers providing innovative Apps that can operate on the building models and information. bim+ API Reference

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Autodesk supports BIM interoperability | #IFC

Autodesk’s work on our data exchange protocols underscores our ongoing commitment to support industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) interoperability standards and open source data exchange methodologies.


  • Autodesk created IFC Open Source export for Revit in 2011, which have been downloaded more than 30,000 times by users from more than 100 countries.
  • Autodesk has contributed at least 24 updates to the IFC export capabilities, and has updated the IFC open source 26 times.

Revit software products conform to IFC standards

Revit software products were among the first on the market to receive the buildingSMART IFC Coordination View 2.0 export certification, and to create IFC files in the latest IFC4 standard.

  • Since 2005, Revit products have offered IFC file export and import, making it possible to export replicas of project models into the standard IFC file format. Users can then import IFC files into any design program that complies with the standard, supporting greater interoperability throughout the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.
  • Autodesk has supported the buildingSMART initiative on COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) BIM data standard.
  • In January of 2013, we completed the independently audited buildingSMART Alliance COBie Design Challenge for Architectural Design and Coordinated Design, achieving industry-leading scores for technical proficiency.
  • Autodesk has worked with organizations worldwide to promote open standards, including:
  • U.S. National BIM Standard (NBIMS) and related efforts of COBie and National CAD Standard (NCS).
  • U.K. Government BIM initiative
  • The Bavarian Government FM Handover IFC Model View Definition

Autodesk supports BIM interoperability | #IFC by laurenssen

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Open BIM Workflow – Graphisoft Blog

Open BIM Workflow described on Graphisoft Blog


(ENG) We want to show you the most important steps for good modeling and an associated data exchange at this point. From ArchiCAD the architecture model can be passed on to other disciplines.

(D) Wir wollen Ihnen an dieser Stelle die wichtigesten Schritte für eine gute Modellierung und einen damit verbundenen Datenaustausch aufzeigen. Das Architekturmodell aus ARCHICAD können Sie an andere Disziplinen übergeben.

1 Open BIM Workflow – Modellierung in ARCHICAD
2 Open BIM Workflow – ARCHICAD und DDS-CAD
2a Open BIM Workflow – Import und Weiterbearbeitung in DDS-CAD
3 Open BIM Workflow – ARCHICAD und Allplan
3a Open BIM Workflow – Import und Weiterbearbeitung in Allplan

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GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD Receives IFC Coordination View 2.0 Import Certification

BUDAPEST, September 27, 2013 – GRAPHISOFT announced today another important milestone in its support for Open BIM with ArchiCAD having successfully passed IFC Coordination View 2.0 Import certification. This most recent announcement makes ArchiCAD the only architectural software developer to earn both IFC Coordination View 2.0 Import and Export certification.

Read on…

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International buildingSMART BIM Week & Forum – München 2013

The half-yearly meeting of the International User Group, the International Technical Management Committee, the Process Room, the Product Room and the Infrastructure Room will take place in Munich on 7th-10th October 2013.

International buildingSMART BIM Week & Forum 2013

The international buildingSMART BIM Week & Forum, Munich in 2013 is THE BIM EVENT of the year 2013 and a unique opportunity to receive an inside view into global BIM procedures!

This year the international buildingSMART meeting takes place in Germany. From the 7th to the 10th of October approved BIM experts meet in Munich to discuss the newest developing trends, innovations and their experiences with BIM.

The international BIM Week overlaps with ExpoReal, Europe´s biggest real estate fair. The organizer, buildingSMART e.V., expects about 700 international visitors during the BIM WEEK.

The event consists of two parts: the BIM Week Workshops and the buildingSMART Forum. More info, agenda and registration link

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BIM Collaboration Format Improvements | bcf – Open BIM

BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is a way to communicate BIM-related issues between software. BCF 2.0 coming up. Participants: Catenda, DDS, Iabi, ISG, Solibri, Tekla.

Presentation from Pasi Paasiala, CTO – Solibri Inc.

BIM Collaboration Format Improvements

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bSI Newsletter No.12 | buildingSMART newsletter No.12. May 2013

bSI NewsbuildingSMART International | bSI Newsletter No.12. May 2013 by laurenssen


As news extra an interview with Christopher Zoog – a HOK buildingSMART specialist – describes an example of IFC4 integration in a complex façade study for a major new hospital building in New York City…

Newsextra toThe future with IFC4 Interview with Christopher Zoog, HOK bSI No 12 by laurenssen

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