Capítulo español en formación de BuildingSmart International | New Spanish Chapter launched

Three years after the demise of the former Iberian Chapter of buildingSMART a new Spanish Chapter was launched in Madrid on 6th November 2012.

Unlike the previous Chapter a wide range of private enterprises and public authorities were present at the launch to hear from buildingSMART International Secretary Christopher Groome about new developments in openBIM across the world and the opportunities for Spanish firms to get involved.

The Chapter’s contact in Spain is Sergio Muñoz, and the next step will be for the new organisation to apply for affiliation to buildingSMART International.

¡Hazte socio!

“BIG BIM little bim” published in Dutch

Official translation of Finith E. Jernigan’s “BIG BIM little bim” into Dutch, produced by Oadis.

BIG BIM little bim

With the release of BIG BIM little bim in Dutch, a highly focused national effort can be planned and measured. When a country is successful at implementing what is outlined in BIG BIM little bim, it will be possible for other governments do the same.

Dutch BIM norm Rijksgebouwendienst | Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

When enough government owners start demanding the use of BIM and related business processes, such as the UK, and commercial building industries get behind the benefits laid out in BIG BIM little bim, we will be creating the standard for sustainable facilities.

New terms on the Open BIM market

HVACie is an information exchange specification for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed to describe Heating, Cooling, Ventilating (and Refrigeration) systems. SPARKie will do the same for Electrical Systems.

bSa Common Building Information Model Files | The National Institute of Building Sciences and HVAC information exchange (HVACie)

As an active project in the Common Building Information Model Files (COBie) from the bSA, interesting to see and to follow.

bSa | buildingSMART Alliance

IFC4 Release Candidate published

The IFC4 Release Candidate 4 has been published on 03.09.2012. The Release Candidate 4 is the last update before releasing the IFC4 final. It is again provided for extensive public review and comments.

The IFC4 Release Candidate 4 is available now.

The main achievements of IFC4 RC4 are:

  • integrates ifcXML newly developed following the simple ifcXML technology,
  • integrates mvdXML by containing fundamental concepts and use definitions,
  • links all property definitions to the web-based buildingSMART data dictionary,
  • many new examples and other documentation improvements.

>>read and download the IFC4 RC4 specification<<

The buildingSMART community is strongly encouraged to review the current release candidate and to provide feedback using the MSG issue resolution database. The deadline for comments is 31.10.2012.

The IFC4 release combines a number of feature increases with some major rework and improvements of the existing IFC specification. It has been developed as the basis for future IFC enabled interoperability of Building Information Models. It is submitted to the International Standardization Organization (ISO) for approval as a full International Standard ISO16739.

Source buildingSMART MSG/ISG website

Why Open BIM?

Why Open BIM? It is a simple question 😉

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.

Why is it important?
Open BIM supports a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the software tools they use.

Open BIM creates a common language for widely referenced processes, allowing industry and government to procure projects with transparent commercial engagement, comparable service evaluation and assured data quality.

Open BIM provides enduring project data for use throughout the asset life–cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors.

Small and large (platform) software vendors can participate and compete on system independent, ‘best of breed’ solutions.

Open BIM energizes the online product supply side with more exact user demand searches and delivers the product data directly into the BIM.

More Info:

read the IFC Dev Blog | mvdXML 1.0 released

buildingSMART has released the version 1.0 of mvdXML – the new schema and method to publish official subsets of IFC to satisfy well defined data exchange requirements.

Model View Definitions (MSG) have been the method to publish the IFC implementation requirements to satisfy data exchange requirements since a long time. The most well known buildingSMART MVD is the IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0, currently open for certification. Read more on the IFC Dev Blog here

See for more information

Are you ready to BIM? and for Open BIM? – Open BIM event Brazil | Evento Open BIM Brasil

Are you ready to BIM? and for Open BIM?
The BIM approach (Build Information Modeling) advances every day around the world, becoming an essential technique for architectural firms of all sizes.

Open BIM event Brazil | Evento Open BIM Brasil – 19 June 2012

For more info click here: Open BIM event – Sao Paul (Br)