Technical Vision

Our original IFC standards are important and useful, and we want to broaden our standards to make a more useful whole.

About BIM

As defined by The National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A building information model is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.

About openBIM

openBIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. openBIM is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

OpenBIM: Why is it important?

  • openBIM supports a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the software tools they use.
  • openBIM creates a common language for widely referenced processes, allowing industry and government to procure projects with transparent commercial engagement, comparable service evaluation and assured data quality.
  • openBIM provides enduring project data for use throughout the asset life-cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors.
  • Small and large (platform) software vendors can participate and compete on system-independent, ‘best-of-breed’ solutions.
  • openBIM energizes the online product supply side with more exact user demand searches, and delivers the product data directly into the BIM.