(Tokyo,18th October 2018) – buildingSMART International (bSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GS1 to enable the construction industry to benefit from the combined expertise of both organisations through the use of standards and services they deliver. The use of global buildingSmart and GS1 standards, in particular for product instance identification and exchange of product data, is critical in addressing today’s challenges of digitalisation in the construction sector.
This agreement further strengthens the benefits of open standards-based interoperability throughout the building and infrastructure value chain and lifecycle, and the broader application of digital product information. With shared visions and goals, the aim of this MoU is to jointly expand the breadth and depth of the standards that are developed and maintained in their respective communities.
“This signed agreement between buildingSMART and GS1 is something I’m excited about because our organisations have similar values and core missions. This announcement further extends the opportunity to push for a more open and interoperable ways of working by driving more rigorous standards to end users”, said Richard Petrie, CEO, buildingSMART International.
buildingSMART International (bSI) is delighted to announce the launch of the buildingSMART® Forum, the latest step in its online presence transformation. This new public platform will connect the global built asset community by providing more interactive information and discussions about buildingSMART openBIM® standards and activities. Would you like to know more about IFC 2×3 certifications? Or you’d like to discuss the progress of IFC4? Maybe you’ve got an idea to pitch regarding new IFC-based workflows and are looking for like-minded collaborators or you have a general question about openBIM that you’d like help answering? The buildingSMART® Forum helps connect you with global experts and industry peers of all types on topics of interest to help share ideas and better collaborate.
This forum will be the official bSI online communication network for peer-to-peer interactions. The goal of the forum is to enhance the experience of end users, software developers, and other industry experts in the development, implementation, and practical use of buildingSMART International standards and the technologies that support them.
Some things you might like to know:
- It is open for the public to sign-up, for free. No buildingSMART membership is required.
- It will be moderated by buildingSMART community experts from all over the world.
- This will replace the various LinkedIn buildingSMART Groups and any other non-bSI communication outlets.
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 is pleased to welcome several new members to the organisation. The new members have demonstrated a commitment to developing and leveraging open digital standards to improve the built asset economy. They also represent diversity, spanning the infrastructure community to advance project delivery and asset performance. These globally-spread organisations are committed to improving open and interoperable standards by leveraging BIM deliverables, digital workflows and open and collaborative ways of working.
The new members are:
GRAPHISOFT, part of the Nemetschek Group, has joined as an international member to enhance their global position as a BIM software provider for architects. GRAPHISOFT has a mission to bring BIM into common practice for the design and realization of buildings by enabling model-based workflow integration through innovative IT solutions.
BIM Infra.dk has joined as a standard member and brings together two of Denmark’s largest construction firms, Banedanmark and Road Directorate. This 5-year collaboration agreement aims to develop digital transformation in the construction sector based on international standards. Their mission is to adopt BIM processes and will make the next step into a digital future, which is in-line with the Government’s strategy for Denmark’s digital growth.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has joined as a standard member and is a tri-jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington metropolitan area. As part of its future expansion plans, WMATA wants to leverage the open and interoperable standards at buildingSMART to augment the level of reliability, safety and overall service for its citizens. Their ambition is to develop an ISO 55000 Asset Management system underpinned by reliable information.
OYO Corporation has joined as a standard member and is a geotechnical engineering consultancy that delivers expertise in subsurface geoscience. OYO Corporation delivers safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly solutions for areas such as bionomics, forestry, agriculture, soil environment, and waste engineering.
DBA Group has joined as a standard member and provides information and communication technology for the entire project and asset lifecycle. DBA Group develops process automation software platforms for project, asset and lifecycle management and consulting services for public works departments and other infrastructure sectors.
Pro Material Solutions has joined as a standard member and provides architects, designers, contractors, facility managers and anyone in the commercial construction industry by enabling users access to their digital database of architectural products and materials. Pro Material Solutions helps to save time, money and reduces the environmental impact on the construction sector.
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has joined as a standard member and is the infrastructure manager for the national rail network in Italy. Their responsibility includes the management and upgrades along the 16,700 kilometres of tracks, including the stations and physical assets. RFI is also responsible for the technological developments and coordinates safety, reliability and services for its their passengers. RFI is part of the consortium within buildingSMART that is delivering an IFC Rail project.
buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset economy. Its mission is to proactively support industry participants who want to develop open standards for planning, design, procurement, assembly and operation of buildings and infrastructure worldwide. It provides the international network plus the necessary technical and process support. Its members, who range from across the built environment spectrum, collaborate under the buildingSMART organization. buildingSMART is engaged with other international standards bodies such as ISO, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Its core Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards achieved ISO approval in 2012. Further information is available on the Internet at www.buildingsmart.org
2018 has started!
buildingSMART has published a short video explaining BIM Collaboration Format, BCF
It gives a 2 minute overview of one aspect of buildingSMART’s vendor neutral approach to design, construction and operate of assets in the built environment.
We are grateful to the members of the BCF Group and the support of Aconex for producing this video.
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.
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.
At the recent meeting of the International Council in Oslo, elections took place for the buildingSMART International Board of Directors.
Chair: Patrick MacLeamy, Deputy Chair: Jan Myhre, Members: Inhan Kim, Tiina Koppinen, Bill Moore, Christophe Moreau, Dirk Schaper and Rasso Steinmann
We are delighted to welcome Inhan, Bill and Christophe to the Board and thank all the other members for their continued great service.
This is a very broad business based leadership and has great experience in the architectural, engineering, construction and technical communities which will drive the transformation that buildingSMART is targetting.
The full profiles of the Board members are listed here.