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buildingSMART and GS1 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance global standards in the construction sector

(Tokyo,18th October 2018) – buildingSMART International (bSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GS1 to enable the construction industry to benefit from the combined expertise of both organisations through the use of standards and services they deliver. The use of global buildingSmart and GS1 standards, in particular for product instance identification and exchange…

buildingSMART International Forum Announcement

buildingSMART International (bSI) is delighted to announce the launch of the buildingSMART® Forum, the latest step in its online presence transformation. This new public platform will connect the global built asset community by providing more interactive information and discussions about buildingSMART openBIM® standards and activities. Would you like to know more about IFC 2×3 certifications?…

buildingSMART International appoints Dennis Shelden as co-lead of the Technical Room

Dennis Shelden (left) has been appointed co-lead of the Technical room to assist with the development of innovative programs to align with the fast-moving digitization of the industry. Dennis is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, and Director of the Digital Building Laboratory at Georgia Tech. An expert in applications of digital technology…

Your Industry Needs You

buildingSMART International (bSI) is calling for member participation for three very exciting activity teams. bSI is the worldwide authority driving the transformation of the built asset economy through the creation and adoption of open, international standards. bSI is reaching out to its community to continue building on the success of its standards program. The three…

buildingSMART International Membership Grows

buildingSMART International is pleased to welcome several new members to the organisation. The new members have demonstrated a commitment to developing and leveraging open digital standards to improve the built asset economy. They also represent diversity, spanning the infrastructure community to advance project delivery and asset performance. These globally-spread organisations are committed to improving open…

Board, Strategic Advisory Council and International Council Meetings

buildingSMART International held its Annual Board, Strategic Advisory Council and International Council Meetings from May 22 – 24, 2018 at the prestigious American Institute of Architects in Washington DC. This annual governance and leadership meeting was attended by representatives from 16 countries and 37 organizations worldwide enabling detailed discussion of the development and growth of…

Laying New Track

Digitising the world’s railways buildingSMART has expanded its infrastructure community once again by creating the Railway Room, an endeavor that has been more than two years in the making. A unique domain in its own right, rail is a complex “system of systems.” As framed during the 2018 Standards Summit in Paris when the Room…

International Standards Summit – Paris 2018

(Click on the images for a larger view) Almost 400 people representing 38 countries and 225 companies gathered in Paris for a four day summit to deliver the vision of providing openBIM solutions and standards. This was buildingSMART International’s first Standards Summit of the year and, as always, was a forum for eight specialist domains…

Siemens join buildingSMART International

Siemens Headquarters, Zug Siemens join openBIM organization buildingSmart International as a strategic member Richard Petrie presents Wolfgang Hass with Siemens’ membership certificate In March 2018, the Siemens Building Technologies Division joined buildingSMART International (bSI) as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council and several National Chapters. Siemens is the first building technology vendor to become…

New members and WEF endorse buildingSMART

China Communication Construction Company have become Strategic Members of buildingSMART International in a move that greatly strengthens the ability to develop digital solutions for the built environment. CCCC are a large infrastructure provider with an increasing international reach, not least through their engagement with the Belt and Road program, therefore their real world experience is…

IFC Maritime Project

buildingSMART is developing an openBIM standard for Harbours and Ports in response to a new demand to extend the family of digital requirement exchange models to maritime facilities. The reason for this demand is primarily driven by the New Silk Road (‘One Belt One Road’ ). This is a new double trade corridor, on land…

buildingSMART Russia

A new chapter of buildingSMART has been launched in Russia. The launch was the result of hard work, commitment and the will to succeed among key members of the Russian built asset industry, supported along the way by buildingSMART International. Launching the Russian chapter ‘The formation of buildingSMART Russia was long awaited,’ says Vyacheslav Alenkov,…

Another successful year – 2017 Review

  London 2017 As we come to the end of 2017 we are delighted to be able to report on another extremely strong year of growth and improvement for buildingSMART. Thank-you to all of our members, sponsors and supporters at International and Chapter level and all of the hard-working professional contributors. This is a review…

Individual Qualification Scheme Launched

New framework to promote consistent training Training in BIM varies from country to country, and even within countries, so when a company recruits a qualified BIM manager, how does it judge the value of that qualification? With the globalisation of the industry comes the need for global standards of training. So the launch of bSI’s…

International Standards Summit, London

(Click on the images for a larger view) International collaboration delivering digital built asset solutions buildingSMART’s latest international Standards Summit illustrated the dramatic growth in demand for digital solutions across all the sectors of the built environment.

Regulatory bodies supported by open digital standards

buildingSMART International has published a Technical Report that reviews the currently available and proposed exchange formats for supporting interoperability between Regulatory, Requirements and Recommendatory (RRR) content.

Automating Construction Processes

A subsidiary of the buildingSMART Nordic Chapter has been investigating the automation of construction processes. The team from Finland is making open building information models (BIMs) machine-readable. Read the full article here.

IFC4 Reference View Certification Launch

IFC4 Reference View certification was launched on 26th June 2017 on our new cloud-documentation platform known as the ‘b-Cert platform’.

Partrick MaCleamy

HOK Chairman Patrick MacLeamy Retires After 50 Years With Firm

HOK Chairman Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, LEED AP, is retiring from the company today on his 50th anniversary at the firm. He will continue as chairman of buildingSMART International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the design and construction industry that he helped found in 1997.

Rail, Road & Port development MOUs signed

Strengthening collaboration Four Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed in early April during the Barcelona standards summit to strengthen collaboration between buildingSMART International and partner organisations.

Recognition through Fellowship Award launched

Pioneers of buildingSMART awarded Fellowships A new Fellowship status was launched at the Barcelona summit, recognising the voluntary contributions of 18 buildingSMART members and officers – past and mainly present – from around the world. This first tranche of awards celebrated the founding of buildingSMART (then called IAI), and many of those honoured were instrumental in…

ETIM International and buildingSMART International announce collaborative partnership

The recently signed partnership will strengthen the interoperability of open standards throughout the building and infrastructure lifecycle and value chain and improve the broader availability of digital product information.

buildingSMART launches Fellowship

  buildingSMART depends heavily on volunteers as well as professional contributors and many of these have served our operations for many years. Since buildingSMART is now ‘coming of age’ with its 21st anniversary we are introducing a scheme to honour and thank our outstanding contributors.

Collaboration between RailTopoModel, railML.org and IFC

On January 10th, the representatives from the RailTopoModel (RTM), railML.org initiatives and buildingSMART International met in Frankfurt in order to discuss collaboration in the future development of the railway modelling approaches, to ensure efficiency and consistency for the industry. buildingSMART International (bSI) is the home of openBIM, a publicly available and vendor independent approach to the…

Geospatial and built asset collaboration

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and buildingSMART International (bSI) recently held a two day workshop to create a framework to integrate the digital built environment across domains and different aspects of use.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam Summit outcomes and views

We have released a video expressing the views of some of the attendees at our latest Summit in Rotterdam. See what Richard, Roger, Phillip, Benno, Lars and Jan have to say.       For all the outcomes of Rotterdam and our previous Summits please visit our Standards Summit Program page which contains links to…

buildingSMART’s Technical progress

buildingSMART has just completed a very successful Standards Summit in Rotterdam which was well attended and had many positive outcomes. The standards process itself is being refined and developed as it is used and implemented and we have welcomed two new Chapters this year from Switzerland and the USA. In all this work and activity, it…

How adopting the open standards approach to BIM will mean you are always a winner

The good news on BIM: we’re all converts now. The bad news: the road we’re travelling is a bit longer and even trickier than we realised. We’re not sure we’ve got the whole map, and there appear to be gaps. Worst of all, we’re treating it a bit like a race, when actually it’s a…

bSI Rotterdam Summit overview

April 11th to 14th were a very busy and productive few days for the buildingSMART community and this Spring Summit produced some excellent outcomes. The work was done by 175 representatives from all 17 of our worldwide Chapters. It seemed appropriate that the Netherlands motto is stronger through effort.

AGI Foresight Report 2020 recognises buildingSMART’s contributions

The recently published Association for Geographic Information’s Foresight Report 2020 gives insight into the issues they believe will have a significant impact on the economy, environment and society over the next few years. A common theme running through the report is the increased collaboration between the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and buildingSMART to improve the compatibility…