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. 

Regulatory Information Requirements.This project brings together regulatory interests worldwide to add “Regulatory Information Requirements” to the scope of the ISO 16759 IFC standard and ISO12006-3 data dictionary resources. The ISO 19650 series of standards are being globally adopted. However, the need for information to be supplied to regulators is not subject to the same framework of preparation and negotiation.

The purpose is to ensure the buildingSMART IFC standard meets the common needs for building regulation. Read More

Construction Room Survey. The Construction Room is focusing on definitive, practical Use Cases using openBIM® and open standards in the construction industry. The aim is to improve: 

  • digital understanding 
  • collaboration (to establish a complete data workflow between all stakeholders)
  • model-based estimation
  • digital scheduling
  • digital work preparation and progress reporting 
  • digital workflows to supersede traditional “paper-based”
  • environment.  Read More

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

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 . .

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 . .