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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.  The many current global building standards and codes hardly address standardizing building and asset information. It is with a Building Information Model (BIM)—a virtual shared knowledge digital resource for facility, site and infrastructure information— that Asset and Facility Managers can generate a reliable source for decisions during an asset’s lifecycle. However, it is the unification of practical and sustainable horizontal and vertical digital open standards that are missing. openBIM® offers a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on international open standards and workflows. When executed successfully, openBIM-enabled projects combined with a lean delivery process can deliver facilities with higher levels of quality design, construction and information. The value of openBIM is the seamless sharing of facilities and asset information during post-construction operations, decreasing costly information management redundancies.

This program is developing a strategy to enable reliable and reusable information for decision making across a variety of airport asset types and for all phases of the lifecycle. By using open standards for digital information exchanges, airports will gain new value found through openBIM initiatives.

openBIM standards can help to:

  • Remove proprietary road blocks, allowing all project members to participate regardless of their software applications
  • Create a universal, neutral platform for quality model sharing and archiving
  • Promote data repurposing and reuse ensuring sustainable data for use throughout the asset lifecycle

The benefits to be derived include:

  • Unification of digital standards to enable more efficient working with the supply chain.
  • Empower asset management decisions based on cost, risk and performance for the entire lifecycle of airport facilities.
  • Creation of innovative design and build solutions, reducing disruption at the airport.
  • Enable economies of scale with the supply chain and maintenance suppliers
  • Taking advantage of the broader buildingSMART IFC environment environment ensuring airport asset managers access to IFC developments for buildings and infrastructure.

More information can be found in the Airport Room Roadmap Report.

To be part of this exciting project team, register your interest today.