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.’