Modern urban wastewater treatment plant.

openBIM for the Water Sector - Call for Participation

Why does the water domain need openBIM?

The Water Technology sector is facing significant challenges, ranging from the impact of climate change to the acceleration of technological transition. As the world digitalizes, the sustainability agenda has become more critical than ever, and too much or too little water has become a significant concern.

By digitalizing faster and better, we can work towards a data-driven approach that leverages standardized data formats for better automation and whole life decision-making capability. This approach can help us tackle these challenges head-on and unlock new possibilities for the Water sector. buildingSMART is the international body where utilities can collaborate in programs to develop openBIM solutions.

By embracing standardized data formats, the industry can achieve seamless communication of structured information across the entire supply chain and throughout the asset lifecycle. Through the utilization of openBIM and buildingSMART tools, we can unlock new levels of decision-making optimization, automation, and efficiency. This standardization will enhance agility and confidence in accessing data throughout the project's life cycle, maximizing productivity, profitability, and sustainability in the Water Technology sector.

By embracing the possibilities of digitalization, standardization, and data-driven decision-making, the Water Technology sector can not only meet the challenges of today but also be at the forefront of shaping the future of the industry. The horizon of possibilities expands with openBIM and buildingSMART. Let's grasp this opportunity to make a positive impact on our world.

Water Strategic Group bSI

A bSI water strategic group has been formed with participation of water industry players in the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and the UK. This group is now calling to other water utility organisations to join the group and put together a plan of action to deliver the digital transformation of the industry.

This white paper originally published by the community in Germany, summarizes the opportunities well and is the basis for future planning work.

Why openBIM

Embracing openBIM within the water domain is imperative to navigate these challenges effectively. By adopting standardized data formats and leveraging buildingSMART tools, this group can pave the way for seamless communication and structured information flow across the entire supply chain and asset lifecycle. Through digitalization and standardization, the industry can better maximize productivity, profitability, and sustainability. The formation of a bSI water strategic group underscores the industry's commitment to digital transformation, harnessing the power of openBIM and ensures that the water industry can benefit from open standards.

Call for action and Participation

The starting point will be an investigation of the possibility of utilizing what is already available in the bSI standards, primarily with IFC, and then with buildingSMART Data Dictionary and IDS. The next step can be to document, standardize and present some use cases, and get them reviewed and validated by the bSI and/or its community. If enough interest and commitment is found, a project can be initiated and lead an international initiative, e.g. to expand IFC and/or register a particular standard in the bSDD. The biggest possible step is to collaborate and contribute to establishing a new domain for Water Processes and Technology.

Why Participate

  • Develop standards: Standardization enhances agility and confidence in accessing data throughout the project's lifecycle, maximizing productivity and profitability.
  • Industry Leadership: Participation in buildingSMART initiatives positions organizations at the forefront of shaping the future of the water technology sector.
  • Collaboration Opportunities: Joining the bSI water strategic group provides opportunities for collaboration with industry players globally, fostering innovation and digital transformation.
  • Access to Resources: Participation in buildingSMART programs offers access to resources, knowledge sharing, and support for implementing openBIM solutions.
  • Global Impact: Contributing to establishing a new domain for water processes and technology can have a significant global impact, driving innovation and advancement in the sector.

Who Should Participate

  • Water Utilities: These entities are directly involved in water management and operations
  • Technology Providers: Companies offering technological solutions for the water sector
  • Government Agencies: Regulatory bodies and government agencies responsible for water management and policy-making
  • Industry Associations: Associations representing the water technology sector can facilitate collaboration
  • Research Institutions: Academic and research institutions specializing in water technology and engineering
  • Engineering and Construction Firms: Companies involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of water infrastructure
  • Environmental NGOs: Non-governmental organizations focused on environmental conservation and sustainability

The buildingSMART Germany water utilities white paper.

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