International Infrastructure Standard – call for participation

BuildingSMART is embarking on an ambitious program of work to deliver open standards for information exchange for infrastructure, responding to strong push from that sector for the adoption of openBIM processes.

The new standard will be an extension of its successful IFC standard for buildings, but will specifically address infrastructure works such as roads, railways, tunnels, ports and harbours. This work has been long in its planning, but the goal is now to complete the work over the next two years. However, such work requires significant funding resources and despite strong support from some key industry partners, we are looking to spread the funding burden more widely across industry.

This work benefits the entire infrastructure sector, with a focus that extends well beyond planning, design and delivery, to a primary concern for the management and operation of those assets well into the future.

We urge anyone whose business revolves around the efficient and reliable design and operation of large-scale infrastructure assets, to assist us to complete this work by offering both monetary support and expertise where appropriate.

This call goes out to all industry players, both government and private, wherever you sit in the supply chain for infrastructure. We all stand to gain benefits from the higher productivity and quality that can be achieved through better information management, so we invite you to participate in this important wok.

The defined work plan and structure, including the budget needs, are set out in the InfraRoom Project Program