Calls for Participation

buildingSMART International offers opportunities for community participation in key projects through periodic Calls for Participation.  These offer industry experts the opportunity to contribute to the development of new solutions and standards to be formally adopted by buildingSMART and industry.

Being part of a bSI project can help shape your industry and ensure your needs are met and views represented.  By contributing to your industry, you can help ensure the alignment of your company’s goals, requirements, products, and services.  Be a leader in defining what the future will be by shaping and defining the standards that your industry relies on.   For more information about participation, please contact us. 

Airport Entities - Call for Sponsorship.  Airports are complex and varied. They consist of a wide variety of assets such as buildings, terrain, utilities, installations, infrastructure, roads and much more. They also include a range of networks such as electrical and water, and critical domains such as security and fire safety, which all have different information needs throughout the different phases of an airports’ lifecycle. This complexity requires airports to be agile, innovative, and aligned to ensure CAPEX and OPEX are maximized and optimized. Airports around the world are managed and governed by many different organizations, from authorities to private enterprises. They are also governed by strict regulations and must comply with international and national jurisdictions. Because of their similarity and remit to move passengers around the world, airports share technical standardization needs related to their capital development and in operation and maintenance phases. Read More

Facilities Management and openBIM – Call for Sponsorship. There is a growing need to make information produced by AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) firms more interoperable and accessible over the lifetime of an asset. The need to ensure data is open and usable for Facilities Management (FM) during operations and maintenance is becoming an industry imperative. Facility Managers know that having available real-time information on the status of built assets would decrease failure costs and simplify services and processes while increasing real estate value. Today, it is commonly known that AEC firms and Facility Managers do not use shared Information Requirements (IR) protocols, Information Delivery Manuals and Handover (IDM/H) and standardized Common Data Environments (CDE), making automation of the process for revision of data and geometry by FM .. Read More

The Product Room Steering Committee (PRSC) of buildingSMART International is currently working on a new positioning to generate maximum value for the community and the other bSI Rooms. The PRSC wants to focus in the future on how construction work items and systems should be managed in digital processes for the construction industry. We want to explore how construction objects and overall construction systems should be treated over their life cycle.Major focus areas include:

  • the management of requirements and specifications from “generic” to. “specific”.
  • considering this from both a manufacturer independent viewpoint to a manufacturer specific product data sheet.
  • how data structures and standards are reviewed and agreed over the entire value chain Read More . .

Fire Safety Engineering & Occupant Movement openBIM Standards. This proposed project is focused on enabling the open exchange of information to provide better fire safety decisions when developing and operating buildings.It includes the development of two Model View Definitions (MVDs) to support Occupants Movement Analysis (OMA) and Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) in the BIM IFC model. The project team which consists of multinational practitioners was formed after identifying a lack of support within the current IFC model for OMA and FSE. Regulations and building codes require a broader scope of fire safety data to support compliance by ensuring a “golden thread of information” for fire safety analysis. For emergency and non-emergency movement of occupants  it is necessary to provide support for simulation data (for emergency movement, both fire and evacuation data is required)  Read More . .

The IFC4precast project is bringing alignment and standardization to exchange formats in the prefabrication process, enabling open digital workflows in the specification and use of precast concrete. This standard will deliver the value of BIM into the precast process and align specialized precast CAD solutions and automation facilities such as precast Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Production Planning systems (PPS) and ERP systems more closely through common languages and data formats via the international IFC standard. This will provide better visibility for designers and contractors and provide whole-life value for asset operations throughout the lifecycle. The project is supported by the building SMART International community and members of industry. In 2018, an Expert Panel to review the project and ensure international consensus was convened in Frankfurt Read More . .

The international IFC for Site, Landscape, and Urban Planning project is investigating further development of the IFC schema to embrace the domain of sites, landscapes, and urban planning with the creation of open standard-based data modeling, workflows, and data exchanges for procurement, construction, and operations. As BIM increases in adoption and complexity, more stakeholders in the process are being asked to contribute in a meaningful way, connecting and exchanging an ever-increasing variety of data sources. Industry domain experts from around the globe may participate in this project, including both members and non-members of buildingSMART. BuildingSMART is seeking broad international consensus and is looking for a wide variety of domain experts to participate. More details for the project can be found in the Activity Proposal. Read More . .

IFC Airport. buildingSMART International (bSI) invites participation in a specialist domain for developing and deploying open digital standards specifically for the airport environment. The “Airport Program”, together with the Asset Management department at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, is assembling a team with bSI. Airport facilities perform in a world where horizontal meets vertical, managing information both above ground and along the surface. Airport Asset Managers and Facility Operators depend on this dual site information to run their facilities in support of the key objective whilst also ensuring security, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. As more organizations become info-centric, having reliable and reusable information becomes paramount in achieving a decision-making process based on verifiable and factual data covering various asset types.  Read More . . 

IFC Road Many designers and contractors currently struggle to share or leverage the full potential of BIM.  As an owner/operator,

  • Do you ask for 2D drawings or basic PDF deliverables even though your road project was modeled in 3D?
  • Is the project handover information insufficient to manage your highway assets?
  • Do you seek more consistent approaches to design, construction and operations?
  • Could you save money if designers and contractors had a more standard way of exchanging information?  Read More . . 

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 available here. You can review and comment via the Forum which can be accessed here. As part of the buildingSMART International consensus process, input is required in order to progress the standard to the next stage of the bSI process. All standards go through this process in order to reach consensus. buildingSMART currently has 20 active projects. The IFC Bridge standard is a key document aimed at extending the IFC schema to include bridges. The infrastructure portfolio at buildingSMART is strong and we believe that the international community will wish to review this latest offering to shape its content before being published as a bSI Final Standard. Richard Petrie, Chief Executive, buildingSMART International commented  Read More . .