The buildingSMART International Virtual Summit 26 October – 6 November 2020

The buildingSMART International Virtual Summit delivered its 2nd edition in 2020. This extended program included an Opening Plenary, Awards Program, Room Sessions, Program and Partners Plenary, Chapter Conference, Strategic Advisory Council and much more. There were exhibitor booths, networking opportunities and an extensive agenda spanning all phases and domains of the built asset industry. The event had a variety of topics and speakers and some event highlights can be found here:

  • 104 presentations
  • 196 speakers
  • 80+ hours of content
  • 53 sessions
  • 835 individual registrations
  • 16 Award winners
  • 6 Fellows
  • 111 jurors
  • 13 sponsors
  • 1 global network

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Event Summary:


The event started with keynotes from the buildingSMART International Management Office. The session was titled “A buildingSMART International Update” and there was a welcome from Patrick MacLeamy, Chairman, a “Chief Executive Update” from Richard Petrie, Chief Executive, a “Solutions and Standards Program” presentation from Richard Kelly, Operations  Director, a “Technical Update” from Léon van Berlo, Technical Director and finally a “Marketing Update” from Aidan Mercer, Marketing Director. These presentations provided the community with progress reports, updates and highlighted to value of open data and openBIM®. There were some news alerts for the audience including:


Ownership to Information – Jorulv Rangnes


The following session was titled “Creating an Ecosystem of Digital Twins” which brought together a broad set of speakers. Digital Twins are fast becoming the most talked about topic today and buildingSMART has a working group and is engaged with other organisations to develop an ecosystem of digital twins. The first session came from the Digital Twins Working Group Leader Bart Brink, Royal HaskoningDHV titled “Digital Twin Introduction”. Frank Weiss, Oracle, followed this with a presentation titled “Data Integrity - the key to a successful ecosystem of digital twins”. Jaan Saar, Estonian Government talked about how Estonia is reinventing public services with his presentation titled "E-construction Platform - From Vision to Reality". Next was a presentation from Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald and CDBB, about “CDBB and the National Digital Twin Program”. Ron Zahavi, Microsoft, followed this with a presentation titled “Smart Places From Systems of Record to Systems of Reality”. The final presentation in this session was from Dan Isaac, Digital Twin Consortium with a presentation titled “The Evolution of Digital Twins and the Industries they Transform”.  All these presentations talked about the need to address industry challenges using digital twins and the process and technologies that support this trend.

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Digital Built Britain – Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald


The final session in the opening plenary was titled “The Role of Open Standards: A Perspective from the USA” with a variety of different speakers spread across this country. There was an introduction and welcome from Calvin Kam and Ian Howell (SBI and buildingSMART). Their presentation was titled “An Update from the US Chapter—Infrastructure and Public Buildings” and showcased the re-launch of the US Chapter. This was followed by a presentation from Michael Kennerly, AASHTO who discussed “IFC and BIM Mandates: AASHTO and US State DOT Perspective". Following recent IFC resolutions, this presentation furthered the need for more IFC-driven standards. Following this came Will Sharp, HDR, who presented “Moving to Open Standards and Digital Delivery” with close integration and work done with the previous organization. The final presenter for the day was Charles Matta, General Services Administration (GSA) who presented “A perspective from GSA” to round off the focus on US-based companies.

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Who is Driving BIM in the US? – Michael Kennerly, AASHTO



buildingSMART has a variety of programs. The Solutions and Standards, User and Compliance programs enable the holistic approach required for delivering value to all industry stakeholders. buildingSMART also has a variety of partners and this day really highlighted these throughout the series of sessions and presentations. Léon van Berlo, buildingSMART International provided a welcome and introduction to the day with his presentation titled “Technical services”. With great progress and opportunities with the new technical roadmap, Léon talked about the day ahead and the building excitement around the various technical services. The “bSI Professional Certification” followed this delivered by Mark Baldwin, buildingSMART International. Mark shared further developments of the hugely successful program. This was followed by a presentation from Rasso Steinmann, buildingSMART Germany, with a presentation titled “Software Certification” which also shared exciting news from recent certifications. Thomas Glaettli, buildingSMART Switzerland shared a presentation on “Use Case Management Tool” which aims to deliver further value to the User Program. Léon van Berlo finished the session with his second presentation titled “The buildingSMART Data Dictionary”.

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The USE Case Management Tool - Thomas Glaettli, bS Switzerland


The “Tech Experts Session” followed this with a series of speakers contributing to innovations in technology solutions. First to present was Dion Moult, Lendlease who presented on “Free Software in AEC”, providing the audience with free options for using tools available in the market. A “Tutorial: How to generate high quality IFC exports” was delivered by Hans Hendricks who showed how to maximise the potential of Revit with some tips and tricks. Scott Beazley then followed with a presentation titled “Better quality IFC exports” which provided the audience with insights into how to better export IFC files and data. Neil Peterson, Open Design Alliance presented next on “Experimenting with new IFC extensions”. Neil showed some of the latest adoption in their growing uses of buildingSMART standards when applied to software. Next was a panel discussion between Mathijs Natrop, Mikko Huovila, Gabor Almasi and Kenneth Solvik with support from Pasi Paasiala and Yoram Kulbak. This session was titled “Tutorial: How BCF can help you raise your productivity” and was a debate about how BIM Collaboration Format is delivering real value in the industry. Finally, Kyle Tan, Airsquire and Serkan Sen, Ballast Nedam presented “How "Pointcloud + IFC = BCF?” to showcase the benefits of digital workflows between point cloud data and IFC. This was the first time this session was delivered at a buildingSMART Summit and the feedback from the survey suggested this trend should continue so watch this space at the upcoming virtual summit.


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10 Tips for Exporting Revit to IFC – Hans Hendriks


The next session was titled “buildingSMART Projects” which focused on the existing projects that had recently reached Candidate Standard. These projects provide the bedrock of the work delivered at buildingSMART and have provided significant progress to the schema extensions into infrastructure. The first to present was Winfried Stix, buildingSMART Railway Room Chair with a presentation titled “IFC Rail Project | Modeling the Real Rail World”. The IFC Rail project is the biggest project in buildingSMART and has recently moved to phase 2 – software testing and implementation.  Karin Anderson, Swedish Transport Administration, followed Winfried with a presentation titled "IFC Road" which explored the recent developments in the project. This also reached Candidate Standard and now moves to the next phase of testing and implementation as well. Next was Michel Rives Vianova and Andre Borrmann Technical University of Munich who presented the “IFC Bridge” project. Nick Nisbet, AEC3 was next up, presenting the “IFC Ports and Waterways” and shared some of the ongoing use cases and project developments.

The final session of the day was titled "Partnerships" which brought together a range of speakers discussing the ongoing relationship with buildingSMART. The key partnerships help to transform industries that are widely shared by each party. First up was Bart De Lathouwer, Open Geospatial Consortium who shared insights and developments from their organization. The presentation was titled “Partnership with OGC” which has been ongoing for over 12 years. Next was Enzo Blonk, GS1 who discussed “bSI and GS1: linking the Dots in the Construction value chain”. This presentation explored the potential for commercial workflows that link bSI and GS1 standards and showcased developments with the Digital Supply Chain in Built Environment (DSCiBE) workgroup that was setup between bSI and GS1. Next was a presentation titled “GeoBIM for Resilient Infrastructure” from Sanjay Kumar, World Geospatial Industry Council. This showed the ongoing efforts between both parties to develop the agenda for BIM and GIS. Next was Neil Peterson, ODA, who shared thoughts on “ODA and buildingSMART” and the developments between the two parties. Lastly, Richard Petrie hosted a panel discussion on the topic of "ICMS Panel Discussion" following the recent MoU between bSI and ICMS Coalition. Panellists included Richard Petrie and Leon van Berlo of bSI and Ken Creighton, Alan Muse and Andrew Knight of ICMS.


GeoBIM Maturity Model – Sanjay Kumar, Geospatial World Media


The buildingSMART Awards Program for 2020 saw a new record for number of submissions. With 111 submissions, a new record, this program was the hardest so far.

Watch the Awards Ceremony.


  • WINNER: Auckland International Airport Ltd – “Auckland Airport” - NEW ZEALAND.


  • WINNER: Byggstyrning – “Project Celsius” – SWEDEN.
  • Losinger Marazzi SA – “The Eglantine Project” – SWITZERLAND.
  • VIA IMC GmbH – “PPP infrastructure project management using BIM” - GERMANY.

Category of DESIGN:

  • Cardno Victoria Pty Ltd. – North East Link Early Works Utility Relocation Project – Australia
  • WINNER: CCCC Highway Consultants CO.,Ltd. – “openBIM design of Panama Canal 4th Bridge” – CHINA.
  • China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group Co., Ltd – “The Research of BIM Technology Applied in Intercity Projects in Shaanxi Province” – CHINA.

Category of HANDOVER:

  • WINNER: Vestfold Hospital – “The Tonsberg Project” – NORWAY.


  • COWI – “BIM-based cost estimation in a road project, proof of concept and practice”. NORWAY.
  • WINNER: The University of Manchester – “Discovering Safety”. UNITED KINGDOM.
  • Warbud SA – “Structural designing supported by openBIM”. POLAND.


  • WINNER: École des Ponts ParisTech – “Smart BCF” – FRANCE.
  • Technical University of Munich - “Enrich IFC Approach” - GERMANY.
  • University of Sao Paulo – “IFC4 MVD for Architectural and Structural design process” - BRAZIL.

Category of TECHNOLOGY



  • WINNER FOR INNOVATION: BEXEL Consulting – “Project Management of Novo Brdo Residential Complex Project utilizing intelligent openBIM workflows” - SLOVENIA.
  • BIM & Scan – “BIM & Scan AutoCorr and AutoGen” – Ireland.
  • Ineco – “InBIM” – SPAIN.
  • WINNER: Lendlease – “A modular tookit for developing openBIM data pipelines” – AUSTRALIA.
  • WINNER FOR CLIENT LEADERSHIP Norwegian Public Roads Administration – “Machine Readable Norwegian Classification Manual for Bridge Registrations” – NORWAY

Fellows Awards

Watch the video


The “Room Days” ran for 6 days and included content from all the rooms. Each session has been broken out by Room and can be access via the direct link below.

Airport Room:

AR1 - CAD2BIM Migration

CAD2BIM Migration - Christoph Eichler and Morten Loes

AR2 - Airport IFC Project

Airport IFC Project - Maya Tryfona and Arisca Droog

AR3 - Data Security Workshop

Data Security Workshop - Adam Rendek, Chelsea Hermond and Chloe Kettell

AR4 - Airport Digital Twin

Airport Digital Twin - Mohammad Salem

Airport Digital Twin - Basak Keskin

Airport Digital Twin (full session with Q&A)

Building Room:

BR1 - Introduction and Roadmap

Introduction and Roadmap - David Ivey

Introduction and Roadmap - Mirbek Bekboliev

Introduction and Roadmap (full session with Q&A)

BR2 - Facilities Management

FM Handover – COBie 2.5 - Inés Azpeitia Gonzalez and Bill East

Gathering BIM content over the lifecycle - Daniel Schwarz

Facilities Management Activity Proposal - Fred Kloet and Alex Worp

Facilities Management (full session with Q&A)

BR3 - Occupant Movement Analysis & Fire Safety Engineering
            Occupant Movement Analysis & Fire Safety Engineering - Jimmy Abualdenien

BR4 - Projects Update

IDM for openBIM & Building Energy Modeling - Project Update - Mirbek Bekboliev & Jeffrey Ouellette

Potential Use Cases of IFC Spatial Zone - Gianluca Genova & Yoshinobu Adachi

BIM to SIM / Model-based Building Performance Simulation - Manuel Frey

Projects Update (full session with Q&A)

BR5 - Steel Construction

Steel Construction - Ingo Schnock

BR6 - IFC4Lab Laboratory Planning

IFC4Lab Laboratory Planning - Peter Neurieder and Volker Krieger

Construction Room:

CR1 - the Smart 4D and 5D Planning and Progress Monitoring process

The Smart 4D and 5D Planning and Progress Monitoring process - Mileta Pejovic and Aleksandar Ilic

CR2 - Requests for Open CDE from a construction company’s point of view

Update on IFC and IoT Data model as Construction Digital Asset - Yoshinobu Adachi

Requests for Open CDE from a construction company’s point of view - Ken Endo

Requests for Open CDE from a construction company’s point of view (full session with Q&A)

CR3 - BIM to Field

BIM to Field - Alessandro Walpen

Infrastructure Room:

IR1 – Introduction

Introduction - Tiina Pertulla

Introduction - Jim Plume

Introduction (full session with Q&A)

IR2 - InfraRoom Roadmap

InfraRoom Roadmap - Philip Jackson

InfraRoom Roadmap - Ronald Bergs

InfraRoom Roadmap (full session with Q&A)

IR3 - IFC4.3 Infra Extension Deployment Project

IFC4.3 Infra Extension Deployment Project - Jim Plume

IFC4.3 Infra Extension Deployment Project - Stefan Jaud

IFC4.3 Infra Extension Deployment Project - Karin Anderson

IFC4.3 Infra Extension Deployment Project - Christophe Blanchet

IFC4.3 Infra Extension Deployment Project (full session with Q&A)

IR4 - IFC Tunnel Project

Overview - Michel Rives

Georeferencing, Positioning, Geometry and Spatial Structure - André Borrmann

Geology and Geotechnics - Jonas Weil

Excavation, Support and Lining - Jan-Christian Thoren

Systems - Heiko Atzbacher

IFC Tunnel Project Phase 2 - Michel Rives & André Borrmann

IFC Tunnel Project (full session with Q&A)

IR5 - IFC Ports & Waterways Project

Summary and Review - Alex Bradley

Capacity Analysis - Nick Nisbet

Berthing Analysis Use Case - Dan Peel

Next Steps - Mike Ramsay

IFC Ports & Waterways Project - Julia Wissel

Ship Lock Storyline - Honglei Qin

IFC PW 2.0 - Enterprise Platform - Haijiang Li

IFC Ports & Waterways Project (full session with Q&A)

Product Room:

PR1 - Object Model Views and Digital Construction standards

ISO 23386/7 - Espen Schulz

Construction Object Model View - Daniel Said

CEN standard for product data based on IFC: prEN 17549-1 - Klaus Aengenvoort

A journey from the virtual need to the right product - Stanislav Dermendjiev

Object Model Views and Digital Construction standards (full session with Q&A)

PR2 - bsDD Use Cases

bsDD Use Cases - Hansueli Schmid

bsDD Use Cases - Anita Naneva

bsDD Use Cases (full session with Q&A)

PR3 - Generic Data-Model Building & Construction

Generic Data-Model Building & Construction - Yannick Cotherel

Generic Data-Model Building & Construction - Greg Ceton

Generic Data-Model Building & Construction (full session with Q&A)

PR4 - Digital Supply Chain

Introduction and the Construction Process - Michel Bohren

The Product Life Cycle Process - Uwe Rudel

The Construction Site Logistic Process - Birgitta Schock

The Circle Economy / Sustainability Process - Pablo van den Bosch

Digital Supply Chain (full session with Q&A)

Railway Room

RWR1 - IFC Rail Phase 2


Stakeholder Statements

Regulatory Room

RR1 – Introduction

Introduction - Nicholas Nisbet

Introduction - Franco Coin

Introduction (full session with Q&A)

RR2 - "Show and Tell"

The D-COM Network - Tom Beach

Application for building certification by digital data in Japan - Kensuke Yasui

BIM-based permit process for Estonia - Christopher-Robin Raitviir

EU network for digital building permits, EUNET4DBP - Francesca Noardo

"Show and Tell" (full session with Q&A)

RR3 - Digital Twins and Regulation

Digital Twins and Regulation - Tamer El-Diraby

Digital Twins and Regulation - Nicholas Nisbet

Digital Twins and Regulation (full session with Q&A)

Technical Room

TR1 - Current Initiatives

IfcJSON - Jan Brouwer and Pieter Pauwels

OpenCDE APIs - Yoram Kulbak & Pasi Paasiala

Improved BCF Workflows - Mathijs Natrop

High Quality IFC Documentation - Scott Beazley

IFC HDF5 (binary IFC) - Thomas Krijnen

IFCHDF5 (binary IFC) - Sergey Vishnevetsky

Current Initiatives (full session with Q&A)

TR2 - New Horizons and Related Efforts

Digital Twin Description Language - Akshay Johar

GS1 Digital Link - Phil Archer

BuildingSync and Schematron - Nicholas Long & Ted Summer

Property Service - Jari Juntunen

JSON-LD Linked Data - Devon Sparks

New Horizons and Related Efforts (full session with Q&A)

TR3 - Future Directions

Future Directions

Special sessions

Applying standards to solve major project interoperability challenges

The COBie Certified Professional™

Room Closing Plenary Presentations


BIM Legal and Contractual Issues Worldwide – Where Are We Now? - May Winfield

Efficient Project Development and Construction - Johannes Meyer-Myklestad

LAW@BIM (full session with Q&A)


BEXEL Consulting - IDS-based BIM data management and quality assurance using BEXEL Manager

dRofus - The Data Revolution is coming

ODA - IFC Technologies Live Q&A

Oracle - Principles of a true Common Data Environment