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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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”.
(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.
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.
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.