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buildingSMART International and Digital Twin Consortium Sign Memorandum of Understanding

London, U.K. – October 20, 2020 – buildingSMART International and the Digital Twin Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to align activities and joint working groups. This strategic initiative further strengthens the accelerated focus on the topic of digital twins. Since its formation in 2019, the buildingSMART Digital Twins Working Group (DTWG) has developed a key…

buildingSMART International Joins the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS)

London, U.K. – October 19, 2020 – buildingSMART International has joined the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) coalition to develop and implement international standards for benchmarking, measuring and reporting construction project cost Since publication of the first edition in July 2017, the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) have provided a single methodology for reporting, grouping and classifying…

buildingSMART International Welcomes Slovenia as a New Chapter in Development

London, U.K. – October 19, 2020 – buildingSMART International is pleased to announce a new Chapter recently approved by the board. buildingSMART Slovenia formally submitted their application for consideration to the buildingSMART board and enters the status of “Developing Chapter”. The Chapter will be led by The BIM Association Slovenia (siBIM) is a voluntary, independent, and non-profit…

The buildingSMART International Awards Program 2020 Finalists Announced

London, (September 25, 2020) buildingSMART International is delighted to share the full list of finalists for the Awards Program 2020. Finalists will be invited to present their project to an independent jury for consideration as part of the rigorous award process. The finalist presentations will take place during the buildingSMART Virtual Summit between 28th – 29th…

buildingSMART International Welcomes UAE as a New Chapter in Development

London, U.K. – September 29, 2020 – buildingSMART International is pleased to announce a new Chapter that was approved by the board. buildingSMART UAE formally submitted their application for consideration for the buildingSMART board and enters the status of “Developing Chapter”. The Chapter will be led by Dubai Municipality and will be based in Dubai. Within the…

buildingSMART Appoints Bart Brink to Lead the Digital Twins Working Group

London, U.K. – September 14, 2020 – buildingSMART International has appointed Bart Brink, Global Director, Digital Twin at Royal HaskoningDHV as the leader of the buildingSMART Digital Twins Working Group (DTWG). Bart will lead the important initiative and work on supporting the buildingSMART programs. “It is a great honour and pleasure for me to lead the DTWG…

The International Standards Summit in Lillestrøm is Now Cancelled

London, (June 30, 2020) – Due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), buildingSMART International (bSI) has cancelled the International Standards Summit, Lillestrøm, Norway that was scheduled for 5-8 October 2020. buildingSMART will now host a virtual summit with dates yet to be confirmed. This event had previously been postponed but has now been cancelled following advice from the…

Digital Twins

buildingSMART Positioning Paper: Enabling an Ecosystem of Digital Twins

London, U.K. – May 27, 2020 – buildingSMART International has made available a positioning paper on the subject of digital twins. This paper titled “Enabling an Ecosystem of Digital Twins” was worked on by the Digital Twins Working Group. The aim of the paper was to find ways of unlocking more value through the use of digital…

Esri Joins as a Multinational Member – Announces Support of AEC Workflows

London, U.K. – May 11, 2020 – buildingSMART International is delighted to welcome Esri as a Multinational member. Esri is the global leader in geographic information systems (GIS) and location intelligence. The company, headquartered in Redlands, California brings extensive expertise in mapping and spatial data analytics. The company has 10 regional offices in the U.S. and…

buildingSMART International (bSI) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Release BIM and GIS Integration Paper

London, (March 17, 2020) – buildingSMART International (bSI) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have released an industry-defining paper as part of their joint working group under the name of the Integrated Digital Built Environment (IDBE). This paper aims to coordinate the development of the relevant data standards that are produced at each organisation. This report looks…

Important Announcement for the buildingSMART Community

  London, (March 24, 2020) – Due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), buildingSMART International (bSI) has some major announcements to make regarding events, meetings and the Solutions and Standards program. We remain open for business and are taking every step to facilitate online and virtual working during the current extraordinary circumstances. buildingSMART International (bSI) and buildingSMART Norway…

The buildingSMART International Standards Summit is Postponed Until 8-11, June 2020

London, (March 3, 2020) – Due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), buildingSMART International (bSI) and buildingSMART Norway (bSN) have postponed the International Standards Summit that was due to take place between 23-26 March 2020 in Lillestrøm, Norway. The event has been rescheduled at the same location for the week 8-11, June 2020. buildingSMART International is extremely…

The Infrastructure Room Progress Report

The Infrastructure Room Steering Committee, led by Tiina Perttula, look forward to sharing progress at the bSI Summit in Oslo, Norway, March 23 – March 26. Key areas progressed in recent months include: IFC Extension – through collaboration between the InfraRoom and Railway Room, Led by Christophe Castaing and Jim Plume, we intend to submit…

Airport Room Progress Report

The Airport Room has built up significant momentum in its activities in the past months which align with the following high-level considerations: The Airport Room delivers value to Airport owners and operator and therefore for all customers and users of Airports. The Airport Room is a user oriented Room where future needs are assessed from…

New Members Join buildingSMART International

buildingSMART International is delighted to be welcoming new members. These organizations bring a variety of expertise and knowledge to the growing global community. With a growing number of standards being developed, and a need for stronger industry engagement, the new members helps to ensure solutions and standards can be delivered. Below is a list of…

The International Standards Summit, Beijing, China 28-31 October 2019

The world needs open standards. This was the bold statement from Richard Petrie – Chief Executive, buildingSMART International – during the latest buildingSMART International Standards Summit that was held in Beijing, China at the China National Convention Centre between 28-31 October 2019. The theme of this conference was “Moving Towards a Digital Future” which brought…

IFC Rail Candidate Standard is Available for Review and Comment

IFC Rail Project Abstract Conceptual Model Report Context & Approach Data Requirement Report Requirement Analysis Report IFC Rail has reached Candidate Standard and is ready for international review. buildingSMART is calling on the industry for comments and feedback on the candidate standard. As part of the buildingSMART International consensus, input is required in order to progress the…

Oracle Joins as a Strategic Member of buildingSMART International

Working together to advance openBIM and enable digital transformation for the built asset industry Herts, UNITED KINGDOM – 29 October, 2019 – Oracle Construction and Engineering has joined buildingSMART International as a Strategic Member and will become part of the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) helping to move the industry towards a more neutral and open…

Bentley Systems Joins as a Multinational Member – Announces Support of IFC for Digital Twins

London, U.K. – October 23, 2019 – buildingSMART International is delighted to welcome Bentley Systems to the community. Bentley Systems, Incorporated is the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley Systems joins as a multinational member bringing a wealth of knowledge and…

IFC Bridge Candidate Standard is Available for Review and Comment

Read the Standard IFC Bridge has reached Candidate Standard and is ready for international review. buildingSMART is calling on the industry for comment with access to the candidate standard. As part of the buildingSMART International consensus, input is required in order to progress the standard to the next stage of the bSI process. All standards…

buildingSMART International (bSI) and Open Design Alliance (ODA) Sign Letter of Cooperation

London, (September 10, 2019) – buildingSMART International (bSI) and Open Design Alliance (ODA) have signed a letter of cooperation to further develop standards and technologies related to their respective programs. By strengthening the relationship between organizations, bSI and ODA are promoting better collaboration and cooperation throughout the building and infrastructure lifecycle. By focusing on improving the…

The buildingSMART International Awards Program 2019 Finalists Announced

London, (August 29, 2019) buildingSMART International is delighted to share the full list of finalists for the Awards Program 2019. Finalists will be invited to present their project to an independent jury for consideration as part of the rigorous award process. Winners will be announced at the International Standards Summit in Beijing on 28th October…

Léon van Berlo

buildingSMART International appoints Léon van Berlo as the Technical Director

London, (July 19, 2019) – buildingSMART International has appointed Léon van Berlo as its Technical Director. Léon has previously served a variety of roles at the National Institute for Innovation (TNO) in the Netherlands, including BIMserver Program Manager and Senior BIM Innovator. At TNO, Léon’s work has been focused on creating a data-driven industry through…

buildingSMART International Welcomes Poland as a New Chapter in Development

buildingSMART International is pleased to announce a new Chapter has been approved by the board to enter “Developing” status. buildingSMART Poland formally submitted their application for consideration during the Board, SAC, International Council and Chapter Conference in Helsinki, Finland, 3-6 June 2019. The new status of developing chapter was granted by the board following the…

buildingSMART International Welcomes a New Board Member

buildingSMART International is pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe Castaing as a newly appointed board member. Christophe was appointed at the Board, SAC, International and Chapter Conference in Helsinki, Finland, 3-6 June 2019. Christophe adds significant leadership and industry knowledge to the existing board and was democratically voted in by his peers. Christophe has…

IFC4 Software Certification Delivers Next Major Milestone

London, (June 12, 2019) – buildingSMART International announces the approved IFC4 Reference View 1.2 Export Certification (Architectural Reference Exchange) for software provider GRAPHISOFT. This certification is the latest major milestone for the much anticipated IFC4 version release and further strengthens the burgeoning need for open and interoperable solutions and standards. It is anticipated more software vendors…

“IFC Rail” – The International Standard Progress Report

In 2018, buildingSMART International supported the proposal and initiation of the single largest project in its history. The “IFC Rail” project was initiated at the buildingSMART International Standards Summit in Paris, April 2018 with a signed agreement across all contributing parties. This also gave formation to the “Railway Room” which was established as the environment…

IFC4 Software Certification Delivers First Milestone

London, (April 25, 2019) – buildingSMART International announces the first approved IFC4 Reference View 1.2 Export Certification (Architectural Reference Exchange) as software provider Vectorworks, Inc. This certification is the first of what is anticipated to be many, with other vendors such as Autodesk,GRAPHISOFT, Solibri and others close to completion. It is also the first certification…

buildingSMART International Standards Summit Dusseldorf

The buildingSMART International Standards Summit and German User Day Exceeds 1,000 Attendees The buildingSMART International Standards Summit and German User day saw new attendance records as the built asset industry came together to develop new standards and solutions. buildingSMART International (bSI), the industry body that leads the development of open digital information workflows across the built…

Two New Members Join the Community

Two new members join the community buildingSMART International welcomes two new members to the community. Leica Geosystems joins as a multi-national member, and Basler Hofmann joins as a standards member. Both bring significant expertise in the drive to the digital transformation. Leica are committed to digital construction through the use of high-tech innovation. Basler Hofmann…