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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Record Submissions Received for the buildingSMART Awards 2018

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.

For more information, please visit the buildingSMART Awards | event site.

ETIM International and buildingSMART International announce collaborative partnership

The recently signed partnership will strengthen the interoperability of open standards throughout the building and infrastructure lifecycle and value chain and improve the broader availability of digital product information.

During its annual General Assembly in Frankfurt in February 2017, Franz Ernst, President of ETIM International, in the presence of most of the country members of ETIM, signed a MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING between ETIM International and buildingSMART International

Following exploratory meetings between the international offices of both organisations in the second half of 2016, complemented by successful collaboration at local level in the Netherlands and Norway, the two parties agreed on the critical benefits of promoting closer coordination of their respective activities to strengthen open-standard based interoperability throughout the building and infrastructure lifecycle and value chain.

ETIM and bSI will work together on a joint project in respect of the buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) and ETIM’s product classification standard.  In particular this will consider the inclusion of a single representation of the ETIM standard on the bSDD platform taking account of the governance and work flow requirements of both standard systems.

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Airport Room, call for participation

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buildingSMART International is launching a new specialist Room for developing and deploying open digital standards specifically for the Airport environment. The Asset Management department at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is taking the lead in creating this with us.airport-sign-e1468482272932

The benefits to be derived are:

  • Unification of digital standards to enable more efficient working from the common supply chain.
  • Enable Asset management decisions based on cost, risk and performance for the entire lifecycle of airport facilities to be easier to make and more robust
  • Make innovative design and build solutions, reducing disruption at the Airport, easier to justify and re-purposing of the facilities easier to execute.
  • Enable economies of scale with the supply chain and maintenance suppliers. Currently each airport group is developing its own BIM standards and there is not a uniform data exchange format to approach the market for airport facilities (eg. APBB, LEPC, airfield lights, scanners etc.).
  • Link to the wider buildingSMART Industry Foundation Class (IFC) environment to allow Airport Asset Managers to use the IFC developments for Buildings and Infrastructure in their portfolio.

The official launch of the Airport Room will be on the 28 September 2016 at our Summit in Korea.

A pre meeting will be held on 26 August 2016 at Schiphol Airport.

We invite all interested parties to contact us for further details.

Email: contact@buildingsmart.org 

source: buildingSMART | international home of openBIM

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

buildingSMART International Standards Summit – The Netherlands | April 2016

Benelux Chapter hosts buildingSMART International Standards Summit, April 11 – April 14 2016 | Rotterdam!

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We are pleased to invite buildingSMART members and their guests to attend the buildingSMART International spring summit in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The summit is a special opportunity to meet with world leaders in the development and delivery of open sharable data. We expect all the buildingSMART Chapters from around the world to be represented, providing an opportunity for experts to share knowledge for further enhancement of buildingSMART’s openBIM processes and standards.

There will be plenary sessions giving information about the most recent standards, processes, tools and projects, as well as working sessions dealing with key themes.

The venue is De Doelen

The schedule for the event and registration details will be available shortly.

Source: buildingSMART

 

IFC4 Add1 Release | Open BIM

IFC4_add1IFC4 Add1 – the first addendum of IFC4 incorporating necessary improvements that had been identified during the pilot implementations and the development activities for the first Model View Definitions.

Final version IFC4 Add1 released in July 2015 as buildingSMART Final Standard. Baseline for IFC4 Reference View V1.0 and IFC4 Design Transfer View V1.0

  • IFC4 – (formerly IFC2x4) – has been released as the new IFC platform for the upcoming years in 2013. It incorporates several extensions of IFC in building, building service and structural areas, enhancements of geometry and other resource components, and numerous quality improvements, fully integrated simple ifcXML specification, and a new documentation format
    • final version IFC4 released in March 2013
    • see IFC4 Add1 for minor updates to be incorporated for official IFC4 Model View Definitions

IFC4 support information:

source: buildingSMART | international home of openBIM

IFC4 Design Transfer & Reference Views are now bSI Final Standards

buildingSMART International has generated two more open sharable standards through its Standards Program. The development of these standards has followed a rigorous process and been endorsed by the International Standards Committee.

The purpose of the IFC4 Design Transfer View is to provide building information with support for editing of interconnected elements.

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Such applications enable inserting, deleting, moving, and modifying physical building elements and spaces. An example of a target scenario is an architect providing building design information to an engineer for a particular discipline, where geometric modifications may need to be made.

The main purpose of the IFC4 Reference View is to define a standardized subset of the IFC4 schema, a Model View Definition MVD, that is particularly suitable for all BIM work flows that are based on reference models where the exchange is mainly one-directional.

London Watford Standards Summit Successes

Over 160 people from 19 different nations gathered in London Watford for the buildingSMART International Standards Conference.

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Key milestones achieved during the summit include:

  • The inaugural meeting of the Standards Committee (SC) took place
  • The Standards Process, launched in Toronto, was used throughout the summit
  • The Standards Committee Executive (SCE) agreed to put forward, S1004 IFC alignment 1.0 and S1001 Coordination MVDs for IFC4 (Design Transfer View) and S1002 (Reference View), for endorsement as bSI Final Standard
  • 4 Initiation requests were received to create a bSI Standard Proposal
  • 1 Development request to approve as bSI Candidate Standard
  • 4 Deployment request to approve as bSI Final Standard
  • Room Charters continued to be developed ready for final issue in June

The full set of resolutions and presentations from the summit are posted at Standards Summit Program

View the Activities list for a complete picture of Standards and Technical Reports progress

buildingSMART International thanks the UK Chapter, their sponsors and BRE for the excellent organisation and hospitality.

source: buildingsmart.com