buildingSMART and GS1 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance global standards in the construction sector

(Tokyo,18th October 2018) – buildingSMART International (bSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GS1 to enable the construction industry to benefit from the combined expertise of both organisations through the use of standards and services they deliver. The use of global buildingSmart and GS1 standards, in particular for product instance identification and exchange of product data, is critical in addressing today’s challenges of digitalisation in the construction sector.

This agreement further strengthens the benefits of open standards-based interoperability throughout the building and infrastructure value chain and lifecycle, and the broader application of digital product information. With shared visions and goals, the aim of this MoU is to jointly expand the breadth and depth of the standards that are developed and maintained in their respective communities.

“This signed agreement between buildingSMART and GS1 is something I’m excited about because our organisations have similar values and core missions. This announcement further extends the opportunity to push for a more open and interoperable ways of working by driving more rigorous standards to end users”, said Richard Petrie, CEO, buildingSMART International.

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Source: buildingSMART

buildingSMART International Forum Announcement

buildingSMART International (bSI) is delighted to announce the launch of the buildingSMART® Forum, the latest step in its online presence transformation. This new public platform will connect the global built asset community by providing more interactive information and discussions about buildingSMART openBIM® standards and activities. Would you like to know more about IFC 2×3 certifications? Or you’d like to discuss the progress of IFC4? Maybe you’ve got an idea to pitch regarding new IFC-based workflows and are looking for like-minded collaborators or you have a general question about openBIM that you’d like help answering? The buildingSMART® Forum helps connect you with global experts and industry peers of all types on topics of interest to help share ideas and better collaborate.

This forum will be the official bSI online communication network for peer-to-peer interactions. The goal of the forum is to enhance the experience of end users, software developers, and other industry experts in the development, implementation, and practical use of buildingSMART International standards and the technologies that support them.

Some things you might like to know:

  • It is open for the public to sign-up, for free. No buildingSMART membership is required.
  • It will be moderated by buildingSMART community experts from all over the world.
  • This will replace the various LinkedIn buildingSMART Groups and any other non-bSI communication outlets.

Source: buildingSMART

Record Submissions Received for the buildingSMART Awards 2018

Registration has now officially closed for the buildingSMART Awards 2018. The buildingSMART Awards is part of the International Standards Summit, held in Tokyo between 16-19 October 2018. This year sees a record number of submissions, comprising a total of 85 from 20 different countries. These projects will be shortlisted by an independent set of jurors covering different domains at the prestigious awards ceremony in October.

The criteria required for organizations included demonstrating deployment of one or more of buildingSMART’s tools or standards. Finalists will be judged on how effective or how innovatively they have been used to overcome interoperability challenges. The award categories span Design, Construction, Operations and Maintenance and Student Research.

Susan Keenliside, Awards Project Manager, expressed her delight with the number of submissions which “reinforces and reflects the breadth and depth of buildingSMART tools actively used in projects”.

The international summit will bring together experts from around the world to improve the development of open digital standards for the design, build and management of assets in the built environment.

For more information, please visit the buildingSMART Awards | event site.

buildingSMART International Membership Grows

buildingSMART International is pleased to welcome several new members to the organisation. The new members have demonstrated a commitment to developing and leveraging open digital standards to improve the built asset economy. They also represent diversity, spanning the infrastructure community to advance project delivery and asset performance. These globally-spread organisations are committed to improving open and interoperable standards by leveraging BIM deliverables, digital workflows and open and collaborative ways of working.

The new members are:

GRAPHISOFT, part of the Nemetschek Group, has joined as an international member to enhance their global position as a BIM software provider for architects. GRAPHISOFT has a mission to bring BIM into common practice for the design and realization of buildings by enabling model-based workflow integration through innovative IT solutions.

BIM Infra.dk has joined as a standard member and brings together two of Denmark’s largest construction firms, Banedanmark and Road Directorate. This 5-year collaboration agreement aims to develop digital transformation in the construction sector based on international standards. Their mission is to adopt BIM processes and will make the next step into a digital future, which is in-line with the Government’s strategy for Denmark’s digital growth.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has joined as a standard member and is a tri-jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington metropolitan area. As part of its future expansion plans, WMATA wants to leverage the open and interoperable standards at buildingSMART to augment the level of reliability, safety and overall service for its citizens. Their ambition is to develop an ISO 55000 Asset Management system underpinned by reliable information.

OYO Corporation has joined as a standard member and is a geotechnical engineering consultancy that delivers expertise in subsurface geoscience. OYO Corporation delivers safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly solutions for areas such as bionomics, forestry, agriculture, soil environment, and waste engineering.

DBA Group has joined as a standard member and provides information and communication technology for the entire project and asset lifecycle. DBA Group develops process automation software platforms for project, asset and lifecycle management and consulting services for public works departments and other infrastructure sectors.

Pro Material Solutions has joined as a standard member and provides architects, designers, contractors, facility managers and anyone in the commercial construction industry by enabling users access to their digital database of architectural products and materials. Pro Material Solutions helps to save time, money and reduces the environmental impact on the construction sector.

Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has joined as a standard member and is the infrastructure manager for the national rail network in Italy. Their responsibility includes the management and upgrades along the 16,700 kilometres of tracks, including the stations and physical assets. RFI is also responsible for the technological developments and coordinates safety, reliability and services for its their passengers. RFI is part of the consortium within buildingSMART that is delivering an IFC Rail project.

The full list of buildingSMART International members

buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset economy. Its mission is to proactively support industry participants who want to develop open standards for planning, design, procurement, assembly and operation of buildings and infrastructure worldwide. It provides the international network plus the necessary technical and process support. Its members, who range from across the built environment spectrum, collaborate under the buildingSMART organization. buildingSMART is engaged with other international standards bodies such as ISO, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Its core Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards achieved ISO approval in 2012. Further information is available on the Internet at www.buildingsmart.org

Source: buildingSMART

Annual Report 2017 published

The International Council endorses the 2017 Annual Report

At International Council Meeting held in Washington DC in May 2018, the 2017 Annual Report was endorsed.

‘Open digital solutions including openBIM are of increasing demand in the built asset industries; our work in creating international consensus and supporting the implementation of those standards is of growing importance. The road ahead is complex, especially as the functionality and use of the web increases. I am convinced of the vital nature of our work and remain excited and inspired by the opportunity and challenge of rising to fulfl those needs.’ Richard Petrie Chief Executive

The report is available to read and download here.

Source: buildingSMART

openBIM Season – bSI Awards 2018

Tønsbergprosjektet
(l to r) Tom Einertson, Client Group Project Director, Inge Aarseth, Client Group, Steen Sunesen, Linkarkiteckur (Architects), Pål Trollsås, Skanska (Contractor)

Tønsbergprosjektet | Winners of the Design Award 2017 (l to r) Tom Einertson, Client Group Project Director, Inge Aarseth, Client Group, Steen Sunesen, Linkarkiteckur (Architects), Pål Trollsås, Skanska (Contractor)

buildingSMART 2018 awards open for submission

Submissions for the buildingSMART International 2018 Awards—recognizing use of open technology in four categories including design, construction, operations and maintenance, and student research—are now being accepted until July 31, 2018. Winners from each of the four categories will be recognized at the International Standards Summit in Tokyo (October 16–19).

The award program was created to showcase projects using buildingSMART solutions in an effective and innovative way. Submissions must demonstrate use of one or more buildingSMART tools or standards (e.g., IFC2x3, bSDD, etc.).

‘It’s an opportunity for companies to showcase their application of buildingSMART open standard solutions to current challenges of interoperability faced during collaborative project delivery or asset operations.’ Richard Petrie, Chief Executive

Participation is open to anyone, including non-members. Judges are called from each of the buildingSMART chapters. BuildingSMART will showcase as many outstanding submissions as possible—not just those from the winning projects.

The submission process is broken down into three stages:

Stage 1 [“The Claim]

Simply identifies your interest in submitting your project for award consideration. This stage is open to all applicants. If you are unsure if your project qualifies, feel free to submit the registration form and the team will contact you to discuss. Don’t forget about our Frequently Asked Questions section on the website.

Stage 2 [“The Evidence”]

If your project qualifies after Stage 1, you will provide the technical information used to support your case for consideration for a buildingSMART award. Please provide clear responses and demonstrations of the buildingSMART solutions and open BIM standards you used in your project. Demonstration of client and stakeholder benefits will significantly strengthen your submission.

Stage 3 [“The Promotion”]

Occurs once your project has been selected by the jury as a world class buildingSMART Award winner. At this point you will have the opportunity to provide marketing material related to the project and your firm that you can present during the award program in Tokyo.

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The award was given for the first time at the international summit in Toronto in October 2014. See past winners here.

Source: buildingSMART

International Summit, Paris France – 2018

buildingSMART International are pleased to announce that the first international Summit of 2018 will be held in Paris on the 26 – 29 March

The content will include the development of open digital standards for improving the design, build and management of assets in the built environment.

As well as the technical creation activities, there will be a strong focus on those who use and receive the benefit of openBIM with regard to their assets.

The agenda will be structured around the buildingSMART domains; Building, Rail, Infrastructure, Product, Airport, Regulation and Construction.

Details of the Summit agenda and registration will follow soon.

Source: buildingSMART

buildingSMART openBIM Professional Certification Program

 

buildingSMART, the international organisation leading the development of openBIM standards, has initiated a new Program to support openBIM training. The Professional Certification program is an international endeavour that has been developed by chapters in Europe, Asia and the Americas and is expected to be adopted across the globe.

In recent years we have witnessed an accelerated adoption of BIM around the world. However, there is still a lot of confusion and a lack of consistency in defining processes and agreeing on basic terms and concepts.

There is also a great disparity in the competence of industry professionals who manage and deliver BIM projects. For BIM adoption to be successful, we need:

  1. consensus in the use of standardised terminology and processes and
  2. a benchmarking mechanism against which the competence of individuals can be measured.

As a recognized leader in the development of openBIM standards, buildingSMART is well positioned to bring clarity and consensus in the definition and application of openBIM principles. Through a standardized program, buildingSMART can provide a global benchmark for openBIM training and competency assessment.

buildingSMART CEO, Richard Petrie, believes the program will have a widespread impact across the global industry. ‘It will provide a stable reference point for professionals working in the field of Building Information Modelling. It will also assist employers in recruiting BIM professionals as well as providing transparency for project developers in procuring BIM competent consulting or contracting firms.’

Professional Certification Program coordinator Mark Baldwin adds, ‘it is important to emphasise that buildingSMART will not be delivering training itself. The Program exists to support and accredit training organisations to deliver approved courses.’ buildingSMART will also provide an online qualification exam for individuals who have attended approved courses.

The first phase of the Program, called Individual Qualification, was initiated in September 2017. With this the professional certification guidelines and content (the so-called learning outcome framework) were made available for buildingSMART Chapters to adopt and localised the Program for national requirements. The Program is still some month away for public launch, which will be announced individually by each participating buildingSMART Chapter.

The Program is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors.

Contact: professional.certification@buildingsmart.org

Source: buildingSMART

20 Year overview Schema Specifications | 1997 – 2017

Official releases of the IFC specification are listed here. Schema specifications indicate how data is represented within classes and attributes.

Version Notation

IFC versions are identified using the notation “Major.Minor.Addendum.Release”.

  • Major versions consist of scope expansions or deletions and may have changes that break compatibility.
  • Minor versions consist of feature extensions, where compatibility is guaranteed for the “core” schema, but not for other definitions.
  • Addendums consist of improvements to existing features, where the schema may change but upward compatibility is guaranteed.
  • Releases consist of improvements to documentation.

Which version do I use?

The latest version, IFC 4.1 is recommended for all current developments, which is fully backward compatible with IFC 4.0. Core definitions within IFC 4.1 and 4.0 are backward compatible with IFC 2.3.