Partner Organisations


buildingSMART and ISO signed a Collaboration Agreement December 8, 2011.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.

ISO is made up of 165 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat that is based in Geneva, Switzerland. See for more information about how ISO is organized and governed.

International Standards give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade. ISO has published more than 19,500 International Standards covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere.

BuildingSMART International is registered as an organization in cooperation with ISO, and has liaisons with two ISO committees; ISO/TC 59 Buildings and civil engineering works and ISO/TC 59/SC 13 Organization of information about construction works.

BuildingSMARTs main product, the IFC standard, was adopted as an official ISO standard in March 2013, as ISO 16739:2013 Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries.

See details of ISO Committees for built assets.


buildingSMART and OGC signed a Collaboration Agreement March 1, 2013.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 473 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.  OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.

buildingSMART has an official MOU with OGC to co-operate. This has been recently emphasized with big interest in using BIM for Infrastructure and requirements for interoperability between BIM and Geospatial domains.

Several activities are ongoing, for example creating a conceptual model of road alignments that will be used in both OGC and buildingSMART standards for roads, railways, tunnels and bridges. OGC focuses on planning and operation whereas design and construction are buildingSMART’s focus area. Indoor navigation is another big future application where OGC and bS have to co-operate, work is in progress to create an MVD for IFC to transfer information to IndoorGML.