Frédéric Grand has been engaged with buildingSMART since 2003, has been an active member of the Product Room since its creation and is now a member of its Steering Committee. He is a co-author of the French PPBIM standard and this year he joined buildingSMART France as its full time Technical Director. Frédéric is strongly convinced that openBIM needs the bSDD to achieve full operability in the open asset industry.
Leif Granholm is the Senior Vice President for Trimble Solutions in Finland and his engagement with the community dates back to 2004. He is promoting and advocating the application of open standards both within Trimble and in the general market. Leif says his mission is to advance the use of open standards in BIM and Geospatial, and his vision is to shift the focus from data creation to data consumption. He is a member of the buildingSMART Standards Committee.
Jim Plume has been associated with the Australian chapter since the late 1990’s, working on the chapter board and contributing to many initiatives to the present day. He attached himself to the Infrastructure Room Steering Committee in 2013 leading to his re-election two years ago, and is co-leader of the bSI IFC Infrastructure Extension deployment project. Jim believes that the principles that have driven the adoption of BIM across the building design and consulting sectors can be applied to the broader urban context.
Tiina Perttula’s engagement with buildingSMART was born out of the Stockholm Summit and she was elected to the Infrastructure Room Steering Committee in 2016, where she has also been Chairwoman for the last two years. Her leadership has been crucial to the recent successes of the room and no doubt will be for their future development plans. Tiina has been a member of the buildingSMART Nordic Steering Committee since 2014, actively involved on a National level with all the activities and a lot of different pilot projects.
Deke Smith was the Executive Director of the US chapter from 2007-2015 and in fact started buildingSMART USA under a different name back in 1992. He has been an Awards Juror for the past 6 years and is leading a group which uses evidence gathered from the Awards submissions to develop analytical case studies. Deke is currently chairing a committee developing classifications schema for openBIM use cases and they look forward to their results next year.
Birgitta Schock is Chairwoman of buildingSMART Switzerland and has steered the chapter to its strength today. She jointly prepared the activity proposal to initiate a working group for openBIM establishment of DFMA by way of her membership on the Steering Committee for the Airport Room. Birgitta holds to this day several strategic positions and is also a member of the International Council. Her ability to connect influential people together in order to drive a stronger movement to deliver a better built asset industry is widely acknowledged.
Karin Anderson served as a member of the buildingSMART International Board of Directors between 2017-2022, contributing her project management expertise to extend the IFC format to include linear infrastructure like Roads, Rail, Ports & Waterways, and Bridges.
Mark Baldwin led the development of buildingSMART's international Program for Professional Certification in openBIM and actively promotes openBIM processes through various events, supporting program growth. He also serves as the buildingSMART International liaison to the European Committee for Standardization, CENT/TC 442 Building Information Modelling. Additionally, Mark authored "The BIM Manager", a bestseller in construction management, particularly in its German version.
Håvard Bell was involved with the former Model Support Group (MSG) from 2005 to 2014. In 2009, he co-founded Catenda in Norway which created Bimsync, providing essential support in the buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) journey, serving as the technical lead from 2006 to 2015 and contributing to the development of the IFC standard in relation to the buildingSMART Data Dictionary.
Calvin Kam has advised the US General Services Administration and played a crucial role in promoting IFC deliverables in public buildings. Calvin facilitated collaboration between Statsbygg, GSA, and the Finnish building authority to promote IFC adoption. He contributed to establishing the Hong Kong Chapter and supported the UAE and Singapore Chapters.
Masaki Muto has been involved in the Regulatory Domain since its inception, focusing on monitoring openBIM and regulatory developments in Japan, particularly MILT (Ministry of Infrastructure, Land, and Transport) initiatives. Masaki's stepwise approach introduced in the first report on e-Permitting for the Regulatory Domain report forms the foundation of the Regulatory Domain's roadmap and has influenced the global progression of automated regulatory compliance checking.
Bill Moore served as a board member and treasurer for buildingSMART International from 2016 to 2022. Since 2015, he has been a founding board member of buildingSMART Canada, holding positions as Chair and President. Bill successfully encouraged various stakeholders including municipalities and provincial and federal organizations to embrace openBIM and open standards development as essential elements of their future strategies, expanding buildingSMART Canada's reach and impact.
Jeffrey Ouellette has held various roles at buildingSMART, both internationally and within Chapters, and led the Implementors Support Group for an extended period. Jeffrey serves as an ambassador for buildingSMART International, representing the organization to other entities such as the American Institute of Architects and the Illuminating Engineering Society.
Pasi Paasiala is a founding partner of Solibri and played a key role as the leading developer in the company. Solibri, which is built entirely on IFC, was also responsible for creating the initial version of the BCF (BIM Collaboration Format). Although the development of BCF was later taken up by bSI, Pasi has remained an active and supportive member of buildingSMART International. He currently contributes to the IFC 5 working group, continuing his significant technical leadership contributions to bSI's objectives.
(Posthumous Fellow) Richard Petrie joined buildingSMART International in 2013 as Chief Executive, aiming to establish a professional non-profit organization for the digital transformation of the built asset industry. Despite resource constraints, he fervently pursued efficiency and collaboration, advocating for the benefits of digital practices. Under his leadership, the AEC and asset owner communities effectively collaborated, creating major international standards for the future of building and infrastructure. Richard's impactful keynotes emphasized waste reduction, increased productivity, and sustainability. His tenure brought significant income growth and expanded the community following from a few dozen to over thirty thousand, leaving a lasting impression on buildingSMART International.
Steen Sunesen was the first CEO of the Norwegian Chapter of buildingSMART, laying the groundwork for the significant impact of buildingSMART standards on the industry today. IFC and BCF have become essential in major architect, engineering, and contractor firms, as well as in various projects across Norway. Steen spearheads initiatives concerning BIM standard requirements to harmonize BIM requirements among Norwegian governmental building commissioners, property managers, and developers in the construction, rail, and infrastructure sectors.
David Watson played a vital role as a founding board member of buildingSMART Canada and served on the Product Domain steering committee and technical committee at buildingSMART International. He was instrumental in developing the original buildingSMART Data Dictionary. David has been engaged with ISO TC 59 SC13 since 1999 and has been involved with buildingSMART International since 2006, during the development of the IFC standard.