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

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.

buildingSMART International Summit – Jeju, Korea | September 2016

Registration is open for our next working Summit being held on Jeju Island, Korea.
September 25 – September 29. Places are now filling fast and we encourage you to register soon.

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The Registration site and more details are here.

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

We look forward to welcoming you on Jeju and at our future Summits.

Registration for Summit on Jeju, Korea

Source: buildingSMART

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

 

buildingSMART International’s Singapore Summit

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

The list of standards work is to be found on the Activities page.

buildingSMART International is very grateful to the Singapore Chapter and their sponsors for the excellent organisation and hospitality that ensured this summit was such a  great success.

Be sure to join us at our next Summit in April 2016 in the Netherlands.

International buildingSMART BIM Week & Forum – München 2013

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.

International buildingSMART BIM Week & Forum 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.

The event consists of two parts: the BIM Week Workshops and the buildingSMART Forum. More info, agenda and registration link http://www.buildingsmart.de/veranstaltungen/buildingsmart-forum/international-buildingsmart-bim-week-und-forum-2013/english-version

IFC4 becomes an ISO standard – bSI newsletter no.11 with ifc4-special-supplement

 

In spring 2013, the new release of IFC4 was formally published as
an ISO standard – ISO 16739.

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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.’

Read more in the ifc4 special supplement with the latest bSI Newsletter No.11 IFC4 special supplementbSI Newsletter No.11

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 officially released | Open BIM – buildingSMART

IFC4 has been finalized, and it is officially released on 12. March 2013 for production.

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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,

>>read and download the final IFC4 specification<<