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”.

source: buildingsmart

IFC, what it is, and why you should care | recorded presentation Christopher Zoog

Christopher Zoog of HOK presented this great explanation to the New York City Revit User Group.

IFC - What it is and why you should care

HOK are certainly pushing and pursuing IFC in a number of impressive ways into their workflows, including pressure on software providers.

IFC, what it is, and why you should care:

IFC is often talked about being simply the “DXF format” of BIM, and while it’s true that is an exchange format for design authoring, IFC’s further usefulness is generally not well understood in the AEC industry (at least not in the US). IFC is arguably the best way to leverage data that is typically trapped inside your building information model, often by the very tool used to create it. This lecture will explore IFC’s origin, its current status, as well as how it can unlock that trapped data! Several BIM use workflows will be demonstrated including:

  • Design Authoring / Computational Design (Grasshopper to Revit, Tekla)
  • Program Validation / FM handover (dRofus, TIDA, Revit)
  • Performance based design / Simulation (MassMotion, Simergy, Revit)
  • Model based coordination / Automated Code Compliance (Solibri, Revit, BIM Collaboration Format)
  • Design Collaboration (dRofus, Revit, Model Server, BCF)

Various IFC exporting tools, as well as IFC specific editing tools will also be discussed and demonstrated.

@bimserver: New release #BIMserver 1.1.0 RC1 | Great day for #openBIM! #IFC #BuildingSMART #BIM #opensource

 Yesterday the BIMserver.org team is proud to announce that the first Release Candidate of BIMserver 1.1 is public. It has been over a year since the previous release of BIMserver and we have to admit we underestimated the effort. For the enthusiastic users who have high hopes of this release we just want to say: slow down. You won’t see a lot of change… The UserInterface is still… well… ready for improvements. And the new features are not the kind you would passionately talk about during your family diner.

More info to be found here http://bimserver.org/2012/03/30/first-release-candidate-for-version-1-1/

Official definition of Open BIM


Open BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. Open BIM is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

Open BIM FAQ: http://buildingsmart.com/openbim/faq

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year | 2012 the BIM year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Prettige kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok
Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr
Froue Weihnåcht’n, und a guad’s nei’s Joah
Gleðileg jól og farsælt komandi ár
Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo
Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta
God jul og godt nytt år
Glæd Geol and Gesælig Niw Gear
Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
Wesołych świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku