Rijkswaterstaat, a leading infrastructure owner becomes a member of buildingSMART

RWS-150x52The Dutch roads and water systems authority, Rijkswaterstaat has joined buildingSMART International as a standard member, one of the four classes of membership offered by bSI. Rijkswaterstaat is a strong supporter of open BIM and is already contributing funding to some of buildingSMART’s infrastructure projects.

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‘In the Netherlands we have a significant infrastructure network of roads, viaducts, bridges and tunnel complexes, together with our extensive network of waterways and water systems,’ said Herman Winkels [ Program Manager of Rijkswaterstaats Bim programme]. ‘We need optimal data-sharing solutions based on open standards for design, construction and maintenance. International cooperation is in our vision essential to achieve this, since the market (IT wise and construction wise) is really an international one. Hence Rijkswaterstaat invests in bSI to share this vision and create the relevant open standards.’

Rob Roef, the Vice Chair of buildingSMART Benelux, said ‘we are pleased that Rijkswaterstaat has joined the international membership team as their experience and abilities will give real drive to the development of the new international infrastructure standards being developed. This in turn will then have significant benefit for the use of open BIM in the Netherlands as well as the rest of the world.’

Welcoming Rijkswaterstaat to bSI, CEO Richard Petrie commented, ‘Having such a significant infrastructure owner closely involved with our work will enable faster uptake of digitisation in infrastructure.’

source: buildingSMART | international home of openBIM

New buildingSMART Chapter in Switzerland

swiss-flag270-1On 12 January, a new buildingSMART chapter was launched in Switzerland. Its host organisation, Bauen Digital Schweiz (Digital Construction Switzerland) is an industry wide group formed to lead digitization of the built asset owners, their construction and facility operation supply chains as well as organisations and associations linked to construction sector.

‘Following the creation of Bauen Digital Schweiz and the launch of buildingSMART Switzerland, we are moving into the next phase of implementation and development and ask our Swiss partners to play an active part in shaping these important changes,’ said Peter Scherer

‘The new chapter has the reach and the insight to allow it to become a major player in rolling out collaborative working based on open technology,’ said Chris Groome, business manager and company secretary who manages the chapter programme.
Swissbau 2016 | Swissbau Focus | IG Bauen digital Schweiz und buildingSMART International

Swissbau 2016 | Swissbau Focus | IG Bauen digital Schweiz und buildingSMART International
Swissbau 2016 | Swissbau Focus | IG Bauen digital Schweiz und buildingSMART International

buildingSMART has worldwide reach and operates in countries through a network of country chapters. These chapters ensure local needs are understood, promote industry change and assist with deployment of new tools and working methods.

source: buildingSMART | international home of openBIM