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.
The summit is a special opportunity to meet with world leaders in the development and delivery of open data exchange standards and digital best practice. 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 presenting information about the most recent standards, processes, tools and projects, as well as the main schedule of working sessions dealing with key themes.
We have a very comprehensive agenda which includes;
The latest developments for Infrastructure; Roads, Rail, Bridge and Asset Management as well as the IFC4 alignment deployment
MVD development for Buildings
New specialist areas, Airports and Construction for users of digital data standards
Digital standards for Regulation authorities
buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) working sessions
Working sessions aimed at Users in the AEC industry
The 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.
‘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.’
Benelux Chapter hosts buildingSMART International Standards Summit, April 11 – April 14 2016 | Rotterdam!
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.
In October, over one hundred experts assembled in Singapore to work on the creation of world’s future open building and infrastructure data standards.
Since the last working summit in London, 5 standards have been endorsed as buildingSMART Final Standards, and the number of initiatives in progress is healthier than ever with 27 Activities currently developing a broad range of new output.
The key milestones achieved during the summit include:
24 nations attended 52 meetings
Key note presentations from Autodesk, Trafikverket and Nemetschek Group set the tone on user expectations
the Standards Committee Executive (SCE) agreed to put forward; ISO IDM Standard, mvdXML Trust in BIM deliverables and IFC for LAND XML report as final standards and technical reports.
A memorandum of understanding between bSI, Trafikverket, Rijkwaterstat and Liikennevirasto (the Swedish, Dutch & Finnish Traffic Agencies) was signed, ensuring funding and leadership of new infrastructure initiatives.
The Compliance Program finalised the proposal for the development of a buildingSMART accreditation scheme
The Technical Executive model was progressed to ensure harmonization across all the initiatives to providing consistent and quality output worthy of the bSI brand.
Focus on what the User needs was a key theme throughout the week and significant strides in improved leadership and coordination strategies were made.
The half-yearly meeting of the International User Group, the International Technical Management Committee, the Process Room, the Product Room and the Infrastructure Room will take place in Munich on 7th-10th October 2013.
The international buildingSMART BIM Week & Forum, Munich in 2013 is THE BIM EVENT of the year 2013 and a unique opportunity to receive an inside view into global BIM procedures!
This year the international buildingSMART meeting takes place in Germany. From the 7th to the 10th of October approved BIM experts meet in Munich to discuss the newest developing trends, innovations and their experiences with BIM.
The international BIM Week overlaps with ExpoReal, Europe´s biggest real estate fair. The organizer, buildingSMART e.V., expects about 700 international visitors during the BIM WEEK.
In spring 2013, the new release of IFC4 was formally published as an ISO standard – ISO 16739.
At the end of a long and meticulous process, IFC emerges stronger and better, and ready to win new fans around the world.
‘Accreditation of IFC4 was a welcome achievement after the efforts of everyone involved,’ says Thomas Liebich, AEC3 DE, who led the work through buildingSMART’s Model Support Group.‘At the last round of voting, the response to ISO 16739 DIS [Draft International Standard] was overwhelmingly positive – 11 ‘yes’ votes and zero ‘no’ votes. It doesn’t get better than that.’
Route to accreditation
The process has involved intensive internal and external reviews to highlight and resolve the issues. As the process took its course, the IFC4 issue database accumulated a total of 1,100 issues that had to be resolved. ‘Software companies usually come in late in the review process,’ explains Thomas. ‘And there was more feedback on the last release candidate than ever before.
IFC has come a long way since the early releases in the mid-1990s. End-users will feel the benefits once IFC4 is implemented in commercial software, and there will be a ripple effect as clients get their projects built more efficiently and sustainably. Until then, newly certified IFC2x3 software should be used.
IFC4 at a glance
• enhances the capability of the IFC specification in its main architectural, building service and structural elements with new geometric, parametric and other features
• enables new BIM workflows – including 4D and 5D model exchanges, manufacturer product libraries, BIM to GIS interoperability, enhanced thermal simulations and sustainability assessments
• links all IFC property definitions to the buildingSMART data dictionary
• improves readability and ease of access to the documentation with numerous implementation concepts and fully linked examples
• contains ifcXML4 schema, fully integrated into the IFC specification in addition to the EXPRESS schema
• has been developed in line with the new mvdXML methodology (as the baseline for future computer-readable model views and data validation services)
• corrects technical problems found since the release of IFC2x3
• enables the extension of IFC to infrastructure and other parts of the built environment
IFC4 has been finalized, and it is officially released on 12. March 2013 for production.
London / Munich / Waltham 12. March 2013
IFC4 officially released
After over 6 years of development and over 1100 issues being resolved, on 12. March 2013 buildingSMART international has finally released the new generation of IFC schemas – IFC4. It will now be the basis of future work of establishing new open BIM enabled work flows by defining new IFC4 based model view definitions. The official IFC4 release includes both the IFC4 EXPRESS schema to support current STEP-based IFC exchanges, and the ifcXML4 XSD schema to support new simple ifcXML transactions,
Christopher Zoog of HOK presented this great explanation to the New York City Revit User Group.
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.