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buildingSMART Fellowship

buildingSMART recognizes volunteers and professional contributors who have faithfully served buildingSMART’s operations for many years with the honorary status of buildingSMART FellowsThese individuals have made significant contributions to the work of buildingSMART and the advancement of BIM. 

buildingSMART Fellows have contributed substantial leadership or technical input at an international level, working on international programs or standards or with more than one chapter.   Fellows are awarded the status at select buildingSMART summits and presented with a gold pin.

“Our Fellows come from very varied backgrounds and have willingly contributed their time and experience to make buildingSMART the thriving and influential organisation it is today,” said Patrick MacLeamy “In making these awards, we acknowledge our debt of gratitude.”

2019 buildingSMART Fellows Awards

Christophe Castaing has been the initiator and the chair of the Infrastructure Room since its inception and is still active in the room. With his industry connection, the business perspective of standardization and lifecycle has been guiding his work. He was highly instrumental in the involvement of major contributors worldwide in the Infrastructure and Rail domains. He is a member of the buildingSMART France chapter.

Birgitta Foster is a member of the Standards Committee Executive and has served for many years in the Product Room.   Her work supporting the buildingSMART Data Dictionary and in recent years, the bSI Awards programs have proved invaluable.  She is a member of the buildingSMART United States chapter.

Nick Nisbet is a long-serving buildingSMART contributor in a wide-range of activities both for  buildingSMART International and the UK chapter organization. These include technical service in Model Support Group for IFC development, COBie development, and projects at National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Nick is always active in different implementation and demonstration projects in the built industry.  He is a member of the buildingSMART UK and Ireland chapter.

Øivind Rooth has represented the public sector, and been a frequent guest speaker at chapter's industry days. He is the Regulatory Room founder and is active in liaison with ISO and OGC. He has been active in the evolution of bSI to what it is today.  Øivind has supported bSI with funding through the Norwegian building authorities, and delivered Norwegian Government support to ISO and CEN.  He is a member of the buildingSMART Norway chapter.

Jøns Sjøgren has a long tenure in bSI leadership and has been instrumental in developing links to ISO. He has also been a user champion and promotor of new approaches in bSI’s work.  In his work in Norway representing the construction industry, he has promoted bSI standards for many years.  He is a member of the buildingSMART Norway chapter.

Susan Keenliside played a key role in the of the bSI Award program. She has been highly active in the organization and growth in participation of the International Awards and is a strong proponent for BIM education. She is a member of the buildingSMART Canada chapter.

Tomi Henttinen has served for many years on the International Technical Management Committee and supported the Regulatory Room. He is active in openBIM implementations in Finland, and remains an important force in buildingSMART Nordic development and operation. Tomi has been also active in the development of central Europe Chapters. He is a member of the buildingSMART Nordic chapter.

Roger Grant has long been involved and in leading the development of the buildingSMART Data Dictionaries, classification systems and object libraries. He continues to be a vigorous and committed leader of the Product Room.  He is a member of the buildingSMART United States chapter.

Inhan Kim is a long-term representative on the International Technical Management Committee has been a leader and contributor to the Regulatory Room since it’s inception.  He is an ongoing supporter of openBIM and BIM education in Korea.  He is a member of the buildingSMART Korea chapter.

2018 buildingSMART Fellows Awards

This distinguished fellowship includes the following members:

Yoshinobu Adachi has participated in buildingSMART activities since 1998. He was a member of the Model Support Group, contributing to the development of the IFC specification. He was a member of the International Technical Management Committee (ITM), now the Technical Room, and is a member of the Standards Committee.  He is a member of the buildingSMART Japan chapter.

Kjell Ivar Bakkmoen, SE Norway Regional Health Authority, was co-founder of buildingSMART Nordic and later of buildingSMART Norway. He is a member of the Standards Executive Committee and of the buildingSMART Management Executive.

Francois Grobler brought his technical expertise to the service of buildingSMART and unified the technical team during a challenging era. He served as chair of the International Technical Management Committee (ITM), now the Technical Room, and was the US chapter representative on the International Council. He was also a member of the Management Executive.

Christopher Groome’s early study of what goes wrong on building projects, which found that half of all incidents were related to absent or inaccurate information, convinced him of the need for interoperability. He was co-founder of buildingSMART UK in 1996 and was the UK delegate at the meeting in London the same year which set up the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI, now buildingSMART International).

Reijo Hänninen was founder of buildingSMART Nordic chapter. Mr. Hänninen was managing director of Grandlund Oy in Finland during 1990–2012.

Ian Howell convened the first meeting of forward-looking companies to discuss the need for interoperability back in 1995, as a director of Autodesk. In 1996 (by then vice president of Citadon), he was a founding member of IAI (which became buildingSMART), and served on the board of the North American chapter for the next ten years.

Rudolf Juli was the German delegate to the 1996 meeting in London which established IAI (buildingSMART). He was co-founder of buildingSMART Germany (link) in the same year and remained its chair for sixteen years. He was formerly the German chapter’s representative on the International Council.

Jan Karlshøj has had long involvement with buildingSMART and is chair of the Nordic chapter. He was pivotal in transforming the International Technical Management Committee (ITM), now the Technical Room, which he chaired. He was also chair of the Building Room from its launch in 2012 until 2016. He was instrumental in the creation of the buildingSMART Awards and acted as its chair in its initial years.

Arto Kiviniemi was present at the 1996 London meeting establishing IAI (buildingSMART), as the Nordic delegate, and was IAI’s first permanent chairman. He has been active in disseminating the work of buildingSMART through his academic positions. He was co-founder of buildingSMART Nordic.

Thomas Liebich is a long-serving member of the bSI community and of buildingSMART Germany. He was co-developer of the IFC model and is the technical lynchpin of the buildingSMART software certification program. He has led the Model Support Group since its inception.

Alain Maury was the French delegate at the 1996 meeting in London which established IAI (buildingSMART). He co-founded buildingSMART France (link) in 1996 and is the representative of the French chapter on the International Council and a member of the Management Executive.

Patrick MacLeamy, former CEO of HOK, is known for his commitment to change in the AEC industry and his active role in spreading his message. He was the first chair of the US chapter and serves as chair of bSI.  At the request of the bSI Fellows, Patrick MacLeamy was also awarded a Fellowship in recognition of his long service – and infectious commitment – to bSI.

John Mitchell was co-founder of buildingSMART Australasia and served as its first chair. He has worked on numerous buildingSMART committees. He helped disseminate the benefits of interoperability to an influential audience in the early days when he acted as master of ceremonies in the ‘Seeing is Believing’ collaboration demonstration in Oslo in 2005.

Rasso Steinmann has served in multiple roles within buildingSMART. He has served as chair of the Implementation Support Group for 20+ years and has managed the software certification program since its inception. He is now chair of the German chapter and a bSI Board member. He also sits on the Management Executive.

Cheng Tai Fatt was the Singapore delegate at the 1996 meeting in London which established IAI (buildingSMART). He was co-founder of the buildingSMART Singapore chapter. He has also served on the International Technical Management Committee (ITM), now the Technical Room. He helped develop the Singapore CORENET e-Submission system, an early use of interoperability in planning permission.

Väino Tarandi has been an active member of buildingSMART for over twenty years, serving on many of its committees. He was co-founder of buildingSMART Nordic. He is a board member of buildingSMART Nordic and sits on ISO’s Technical Committee 184/SC4.

Mikio Shoji attended the 1996 meeting in London which established IAI (buildingSMART) as the delegate representing Japan. He was co-founder of buildingSMART Japan in 1996 and served as its first chairman. He was formerly the representative of the Japanese chapter on the International Council.

Jeff Wix was posthumously awarded the buildingSMART fellowship.   He played a pivotal role as co-developer of the IFC data model, having built enthusiasm in the industry for the concept of interoperability. His vision for the Information Delivery Manual informed the standard that was developed following his untimely death in 2009. He was a member of the Model Support Group and gave long-term service to bSI, while acting as ta echnical coordinator to his home chapter, buildingSMART UK.

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