The buildingSMART Board and Strategic Advisory Council

The buildingSMART International Council, Board and Strategic Advisory Council meetings took place between 27-29 June with a variety of announcements, updates, and news to be shared.

The buildingSMART Board and SAC

London, U.K. – July 5, 2022  The buildingSMART International Council, Board and Strategic Advisory Council meetings took place between 27-29 June with a variety of announcements, updates, and news to be shared.


The event was the first in-person meeting for three years since the COVID-19 outbreak and took place in Zug, Switzerland, at the Siemens headquarters. The Swiss Chapter hosted the event with SBB and Siemens providing sponsorship. There was a record attendance for a Council meeting with over 80 attendees from across the globe. Attendees came from Chapters, prospective new Chapters, Board members, Strategic Advisory Council representatives, guests, and bSI and bSCH staff. Several attendees and Chapters were absent due to travel restrictions, Covid exposure or flight cancellations.

International Council

The buildingSMART International Council comprises Full and Developing Chapters, Chapters in-formation, guests, the Board, and bSI management office staff. This International Council meeting was dedicated to the late Chief Executive, Richard Petrie, who sadly passed away in April.

The meeting included corporate updates from the management office, governance updates, financial updates, voting procedures for the Annual Report, Board Nominations, and presentations on other topics. 13 of the 17 Full Chapters voted with the results found below:

  1. Annual Report for 2021 – approved.
  2. Approval for Board changes. Christophe Castaing, Karin Anderson, and Dirk Schaper have stood down, being replaced by Frank Hovorka, Alar Jost, and Anna Moreno – approved.
  3. The re-appointment of Jøns Sjøgren, Patrick MacLeamy, Birgitta Schock, Menno de Jonge as the Nominations Committee for 2022-2023 – approved.

You can view the approved Annual Report 2021.


The Board meeting included applications for three Developing Chapters in Portugal, Romania, and Morocco which were approved. There was also approval for two Full Chapters in the USA and Hong Kong. There was an agreement for a new subsidiary in the Netherlands for bSI as the United Kingdom is now outside the European Union. Richard Kelly was also approved as the Company Secretary. This was also the final meeting for three Board members, Christophe Castaing, Karin Anderson, and Dirk Schaper. buildingSMART International would like to thank Karin, Dirk, and Christophe for their hard work and welcome Frank, Alar, and Anna as new Board members. Finally, there was an agreement to appoint Cormis Partners to conduct a global search to find a new CEO to replace the late Richard Petrie.

Strategic Advisory Council (SAC)

As part of buildingSMART International’s Strategic Membership, the “SAC” meets twice a year to discuss the future direction of the community. Representations from Arup, Autodesk, China Communications Construction Company Ltd., China Railway BIM Alliance, Nemetschek Group, Oracle Construction and Engineering, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Trimble all provided input, feedback, and discussion on topics such as software certification, IFC 4.3 project updates, how to accelerate new business models and open discussions. In addition, there were guests from Petrobras who shared some sub-surface use cases for openBIM.

About buildingSMART International

buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset industry. 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.

Press Contact:
buildingSMART International
Aidan Mercer, +44 7813-043-435

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buildingSMART International Awards 2022 is now open

London, U.K. – March 28, 2022  London, – buildingSMART International (bSI) is delighted to announce that the annual Awards Program is open. Registration opens on 28th March 2022.

Since its launch, the buildingSMART Awards Program has continued to grow with record numbers in 2021. With 133 submissions and 16 category winners, there is continued optimism that the program will once again be well-received. There were also 154 jurors from across the community helping to select the finalists and eventual winners.

Aidan Mercer, Marking Director, buildingSMART International said “the Awards Program continues to evolve and develop into something internationally recognised and respected. I’m particularly pleased to announce a new category for Sustainability which is hugely important as we strive for a more resilient future. The quality of submissions get better as does the demand for openBIM. The awards help us with the development of the user program and they inspire us to do more!”.

This year’s awards program has some new categories for 2022:

  • Design for Buildings
  • Design for Infrastructure
  • Construction for Buildings
  • Construction for Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Outcomes

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You can submit here.

Introduction to OpenBIM, Native IFC, and Open Source AEC | by Dion Moult

This introduction to OpenBIM, Native IFC, and Open Source AEC was given as a keynote speech at the CAAD Futures conference in 2021.

Go #OpenBIM, go #OpenSource. Watch this video and see how #BIM data actually works!

This introduction to Native IFC covers all the basic concepts, code, libraries, and tools to get started building your own Open Source AEC tools.OSArch:

buildingSMART | Virtual Summit 2020

In the Autumn of 2020, buildingSMART International delivered their second Virtual Summit in what was a challenging year for us all. The 10-day program included amongst other things: insights from Norway and the USA, a dive into digital twin ecosystems, top tips from our technical community, updates on buildingSMART projects and partnerships, messages from our sponsors, and five days of sessions from our 8 rooms. The buildingSMART Fellows and Awards program were also incorporated into this Summit, more details of which can be found on our dedicated Awards page.

The event was a huge success and saw 196 speakers deliver a total of 104 presentations. This provided over 80 hours of content, which was viewed live by 835 attendees. You can now watch all of the presentations for free and at your leisure, by simply following the links in the easy to navigate table below. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors once again for their valuable support.

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New Members Join buildingSMART International

buildingSMART International is delighted to be welcoming new members. These organizations bring a variety of expertise and knowledge to the growing global community. With a growing number of standards being developed, and a need for stronger industry engagement, the new members helps to ensure solutions and standards can be delivered. Below is a list of recent companies that have joined.

Strategic Member

Oracle is the world’s leading provider of on premises and cloud-based project portfolio management solutions for improving strategy execution, operational excellence and financial performance across the enterprise. Only Oracle provides best-in-class solutions that address all major project portfolio management environments from a single vendor. Oracle joins a Strategic member. You can read more about the company here.

Oracle joins as a Strategic member

Multinational Members

Catenda AS was established in 2009 as a spin-off from SINTEF Building and Infrastructure. The company´s core values are openness and quality, and it is privately held, owned in majority by its staff. Catenda makes Bimsync®, a cloud based collaboration platform. Catenda joins as a Multinational member. You can read more about their company here.

Catenda AS joins as a Multinational member




BEXEL Consulting is a modern, high-tech, construction and engineering consultancy company.  BEXEL aids in overcoming the most complex design and construction related issues using a fine-tuned synergy of innovation, technology and drive with knowledge, experience and expertise. BEXEL has upgraded to Multinational membership starting January 2020. You can read more about their company here.

Data Design System (DDS) has been developing innovative software since 1984. Their Open BIM product family DDS-CAD provides ideal tools for MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) experts who plan and design building services projects. DDS will join as a Multinational member in January 2020. Read more about the company here.

DDS has joined as a Multinational member




Vectorworks has been operating since 1985. We’ve been creating design software solutions that now fully serve the AEC, landscape, and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Vectorworks is the first architectural software developer to earn the major milestone of IFC4 Export Certification — a distinction that reinforces our drive to put collaboration at the heart of sharing information across software systems. Vectorworks joined as a Multinational member in October 2019. You can read more about the company here.

Standard Members

China Design Digital Technology Co. Ltd (CBIM) has joined as a Standard member and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the community. CBIM aims to bring standardization expertise to buildingSMART. CBIM will start their membership in 2020

CBIM has joined as a Standard member




Graebert GmbH is a leading developer of CAD software, solutions and services for desktop, mobile and cloud. The company is recognized in the CAD industry for its more than 35 years of technology expertise, project management and consulting experience. Graebert joined as a standard member in November 2019. Read more about the company here.

Takenaka is one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan. Takenaka has 8 domestic offices in Japan and overseas offices in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Takenaka joined as a Standard member in November 2019. Read more about the company here.

Takenaka has joined as a Standard member




Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. was founded in 1958 by Tongji University Architectural Design and Research Institute and is a well-known and large-scale design consultancy in China and brings together over 3,000 engineering and technical personnel.

Tongji has joined as a Standard member




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International Standards Summit, Beijing – 2019

The buildingSMART International Standards Summit, Beijing, 2019

The International Standards Summit registration is now open. This Autumn, we will be in Beijing with the theme of the conference being “Towards a Digital Future”. As the industry body focused on the built asset industry, the buildingSMART International Standards Summits have been the primary, high-profile conference focused on BIM standards, application, training and use in the AECO industry.

Date: 28-31 October 2019
Location: The China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China
Agenda: Coming soon

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn how the industry is moving towards a digital future
  • Network with industry experts
  • Participate in the development of standards
  • Learn about future trends
  • Be part of the international friendship club

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buildingSMART International appoints Léon van Berlo as the Technical Director

London, (July 19, 2019) – buildingSMART International has appointed Léon van Berlo as its Technical Director.

Léon has previously served a variety of roles at the National Institute for Innovation (TNO) in the Netherlands, including BIMserver Program Manager and Senior BIM Innovator. At TNO, Léon’s work has been focused on creating a data-driven industry through technological adoption and developing new concepts. By enabling new prototypes through consensus building and collaboration, Léon developed new products for market-based demand, including large EU funded projects. During this time, Léon also worked on several open standards and BIM standardization initiatives for international audiences. As a thought-leader on BIM and openBIM initiatives, Léon provides the right expertise to the growing community of buildingSMART.

buildingSMART International organises its work in three board programs. The User Program, the Solutions and Standards Program and the Compliance Program. The User Program is engaged with front line users in countries around the world. The Solutions and Standards Program’s primary focus is to develop new technical solutions followed by international consensus-building leading to new international industry standards. The Compliance Program promotes verification and certification schemes which are necessary to support effective deployment and deliver confidence in the data exchanges and use of the standards.

The appointment of a Technical Director is a key milestone for buildingSMART in the development of these programs and to assist the community in delivering successful outcomes and building confidence about future technical plans.

In this role, Léon will work closely with the community to develop a forward-looking Technical Road Map. He will be the chair of Standard Committee Technical Executive (SCTE), addressing technical harmonisation across activities and will facilitate structured engagement with vendors focussed on implementations. Another major component will be to support innovative approaches to standards maintenance, open source software providers, and reference implementations of buildingSMART standards.

Richard Petrie, buildingSMART International Chief Executive, said “the appointment of Léon as the Technical Director will help with the development of a Technology Road Map for our standards and putting in place the technical underpinning to support greater crowdsourcing of solutions is a key goal for buildingSMART International. This appointment will help strengthen the coordination needed across our vast and fast-growing community. Léon will add the technical know-how to expand the use of buildingSMART International tools, coupled with the expertise and experience working with other technical leaders. This makes this appointment so key for our collective forward-looking outlook”.

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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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