bSI Newsletter No. 23 is now available – This edition covers the formation of the vibrant new Swiss Chapter, a welcome to Kajima Corporation as our first strategic advisory member from Asia, an insight into the Intranet tool, and a word from the new chair of the Implementation Support Group…
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.’
On 12 January, a new buildingSMART chapter was launched in Switzerland. Its host organisation, Bauen Digital Schweiz (Digital Construction Switzerland) is an industry wide group formed to lead digitization of the built asset owners, their construction and facility operation supply chains as well as organisations and associations linked to construction sector.
‘Following the creation of Bauen Digital Schweiz and the launch of buildingSMART Switzerland, we are moving into the next phase of implementation and development and ask our Swiss partners to play an active part in shaping these important changes,’ said Peter Scherer
‘The new chapter has the reach and the insight to allow it to become a major player in rolling out collaborative working based on open technology,’ said Chris Groome, business manager and company secretary who manages the chapter programme.
Swissbau 2016 | Swissbau Focus | IG Bauen digital Schweiz und buildingSMART International
buildingSMART has worldwide reach and operates in countries through a network of country chapters. These chapters ensure local needs are understood, promote industry change and assist with deployment of new tools and working methods.
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.
Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year to all | #IFC4 Certification expected to be launched early 2016 #OpenBIM
Lets talk about IFC and COBie – clear video explaining relations.
IFC4 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.
- 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
IFC4 support information:
- all official buildingSMART Model View Definitions for IFC4 are published at this site, currently:
- implementation specific guidelines and information are listed here
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.
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.
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.
Companies Collaborate to Promote Openness and Interoperability Across their Solution Portfolios
SUNNYVALE, Calif., and MUNICH, May 4, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and the Nemetschek Group (XETRA: NEM), leaders in digital solutions for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) markets, announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to expand the deployment of Building Information Modeling (BIM) across the entire Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. The alliance will emphasize collaborative approaches to design modeling and 5D construction management through data integration between a variety of the companies’ products.
The announcement was made today at the Lake Constance 5D-Conference 2015 held this week in Constance, Germany.
Trimble and Nemetschek will share their extensive global market and technology expertise and collaborate on initiatives to drive a paradigm change in the development and adoption of technologies for the AEC industry and building owners.
The companies intend to:
- Transparently share data formats to support new solutions and promote workflow interoperability between selected products across the DBO lifecycle;
- Tighten the connection of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) solutions to real data from the field and real objects in the physical world;
- Support interoperability and the longevity of project data for the entire project lifecycle;
- Maintain their respective deep commitments to open standards and workflows for the benefit of the entire industry—rather than for any individual vendor.
Open, Connected and Interoperable via Trimble Connect
Trimble and Nemetschek plan to leverage the Trimble® Connect collaboration platform to integrate workflows and create close interoperability between selected Trimble solutions—including SketchUp, Tekla Structures, Vico Office, Trimble Prolog®, Trimble Field Link and MEPdesigner for SketchUp—and solutions in the Nemetschek portfolio, such as Allplan, ArchiCAD, DDS, Scia Engineer, Vectorworks and Nevaris.
Both companies are committed to open standards and workflows—a rapidly emerging approach to the collaborative design, construction and operation of buildings. With Nemetschek solutions supporting the Trimble Connect platform—a cloud-based collaboration environment that features an open environment for BIM-based AEC workflows—Trimble and Nemetschek are coordinating their efforts to offer best-of-breed solutions for customers.
“Across the DBO spectrum, customers want the freedom to choose the best tools for the job and the security of knowing those tools will work together. But too often they find that the data they need is not interoperable across their different software workflows,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions. “Our companies’ shared vision is to give users a choice, rather than dictate what they use. We’re pleased to partner with Nemetschek on these important initiatives.”
“Our customers already enjoy the benefits of workflow integration between most of our products. This collaboration allows us to provide an overarching strategic layer on top of everything we do,” said Patrik Heider, spokesman and Chief Financial & Operations Officer (CFOO) of the Nemetschek Group. “This will better enable us to provide our customers with end-to-end workflow solutions that cover the entire AEC life cycle in a fully transparent and ‘open’ way.”