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.

Annual Report 2017 published

The International Council endorses the 2017 Annual Report

At International Council Meeting held in Washington DC in May 2018, the 2017 Annual Report was endorsed.

‘Open digital solutions including openBIM are of increasing demand in the built asset industries; our work in creating international consensus and supporting the implementation of those standards is of growing importance. The road ahead is complex, especially as the functionality and use of the web increases. I am convinced of the vital nature of our work and remain excited and inspired by the opportunity and challenge of rising to fulfl those needs.’ Richard Petrie Chief Executive

The report is available to read and download here.

Source: buildingSMART

International Summit, Paris France – 2018

buildingSMART International are pleased to announce that the first international Summit of 2018 will be held in Paris on the 26 – 29 March

The content will include the development of open digital standards for improving the design, build and management of assets in the built environment.

As well as the technical creation activities, there will be a strong focus on those who use and receive the benefit of openBIM with regard to their assets.

The agenda will be structured around the buildingSMART domains; Building, Rail, Infrastructure, Product, Airport, Regulation and Construction.

Details of the Summit agenda and registration will follow soon.

Source: buildingSMART

buildingSMART openBIM Professional Certification Program

 

buildingSMART, the international organisation leading the development of openBIM standards, has initiated a new Program to support openBIM training. The Professional Certification program is an international endeavour that has been developed by chapters in Europe, Asia and the Americas and is expected to be adopted across the globe.

In recent years we have witnessed an accelerated adoption of BIM around the world. However, there is still a lot of confusion and a lack of consistency in defining processes and agreeing on basic terms and concepts.

There is also a great disparity in the competence of industry professionals who manage and deliver BIM projects. For BIM adoption to be successful, we need:

  1. consensus in the use of standardised terminology and processes and
  2. a benchmarking mechanism against which the competence of individuals can be measured.

As a recognized leader in the development of openBIM standards, buildingSMART is well positioned to bring clarity and consensus in the definition and application of openBIM principles. Through a standardized program, buildingSMART can provide a global benchmark for openBIM training and competency assessment.

buildingSMART CEO, Richard Petrie, believes the program will have a widespread impact across the global industry. ‘It will provide a stable reference point for professionals working in the field of Building Information Modelling. It will also assist employers in recruiting BIM professionals as well as providing transparency for project developers in procuring BIM competent consulting or contracting firms.’

Professional Certification Program coordinator Mark Baldwin adds, ‘it is important to emphasise that buildingSMART will not be delivering training itself. The Program exists to support and accredit training organisations to deliver approved courses.’ buildingSMART will also provide an online qualification exam for individuals who have attended approved courses.

The first phase of the Program, called Individual Qualification, was initiated in September 2017. With this the professional certification guidelines and content (the so-called learning outcome framework) were made available for buildingSMART Chapters to adopt and localised the Program for national requirements. The Program is still some month away for public launch, which will be announced individually by each participating buildingSMART Chapter.

The Program is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors.

Contact: professional.certification@buildingsmart.org

Source: buildingSMART

20 Year overview Schema Specifications | 1997 – 2017

Official releases of the IFC specification are listed here. Schema specifications indicate how data is represented within classes and attributes.

Version Notation

IFC versions are identified using the notation “Major.Minor.Addendum.Release”.

  • Major versions consist of scope expansions or deletions and may have changes that break compatibility.
  • Minor versions consist of feature extensions, where compatibility is guaranteed for the “core” schema, but not for other definitions.
  • Addendums consist of improvements to existing features, where the schema may change but upward compatibility is guaranteed.
  • Releases consist of improvements to documentation.

Which version do I use?

The latest version, IFC 4.1 is recommended for all current developments, which is fully backward compatible with IFC 4.0. Core definitions within IFC 4.1 and 4.0 are backward compatible with IFC 2.3.

IFC4 Reference View Certification Launch

IFC4 Reference View certification was launched on 26th June 2017 on our new cloud-documentation platform known as the ‘b-Cert platform’.

Please register for certification at https://www.b-cert.org/

It’s purpose is to support the coordination of the planning disciplines architecture, structural analysis and building service. It especially supports clash detection and resolution of issues resulting from geometry.

Source: buildingSMART

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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