Welcome to the buildingSMART International Newsletter for November 2021. This edition covers a range of topics including a review of the buildingSMART Virtual Summit Autumn 2021, the awards program winners, and some information about upcoming webinars!
There is news about the IFC 4.3 project which has recently had a vote and continues to make progress, and the IFC4Precast project also has some voting updates. Chapter updates and additional community news can also be found in this edition.
Virtual Summit Autumn 2021
The buildingSMART Virtual Summit Autumn 2021 took place from Monday 27th September - Friday 8th October. This was the fourth fully virtual event and was again another successful two weeks of presentations and updates from around the community.
Below are some stats from the event which you may find interesting! Overall, the event had:
• 783 registrations • 17.25 hours average time spent at the event • 8.7 out of 10 average post-event rating • 61 countries in attendance
The recordings from the summit are in the final stages of being post-edited and uploaded to our website, so please keep an eye on our social channels as an announcement to say they are publicly available is expected very soon!
The buildingSMART Award Winners 2021
We are delighted to announce the full list of winners, finalists, and special mentions for the Awards Program 2021. All finalists presented their projects during the buildingSMART Virtual Summit and a small finalist jury (from an original Jury of 154) deliberated following the presentations to select a winner from each category.
A total of 9 winners were announced at a live awards ceremony, alongside recognition of the other 12 finalists and 7 special mentions. A full press release has since been made, detailing all projects and their respective submitting companies.
When: Wednesday 10th November, 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. CET
Speakers: Karl Fitzpatrick, Adam Rendek, Ian Howell, Cindy Baldwin
Join us as we showcase Auckland Airport, the winner of the 2020 buildingSMART International Awards, Asset Management Category.
Auckland Airport is buildingSMART and maps its future with openBIM!
Join us to hear: Karl Fitzpatrick, BIM Manager Auckland Airport, will talk about mandating Open BIM delivery requirements on all new projects and how they incorporate IFC models with asset management and model sharing.
Adam Rendek, BIM Engagement Manager with VueOps and Co-Chair bSI Airport Room, will showcase the International Airport Room Efforts, and
Ian Howell, President buildingSMART USA, and Cindy Baldwin, President VDCO Tech and Chair of the buildingSMART Airport Room will discuss openBIM efforts in the USA and how you can get involved in the USA Airport Room efforts.
GIS and openBIM drive innovation, communication and success for Skanska
When: Thursday 18th November, 8 a.m. PST / 11 a.m. EST / 5 p.m. CET
Speakers: Dr Anita Soni, George Floros PhD(c), MSc., MEng., Marc Goldman
Join GIS and BIM leaders from Skanska UK whose use of openBIM and GIS drives innovation, improves communication and leads to success on some of England’s largest infrastructure projects. Hear the story behind the project and learn where IFC is being used in Tender, Design and Construction on HS2 and National Highways RDP Scheme.
The complexity of these linear infrastructure projects, the environmental impact of the construction and operation, and the sizes of projects require the input and collaboration of a large team of design and geospatial experts.
This session will highlight how Skanska’s approach to openBIM and their use of GIS lead to successfully making available many types of data and brought value to all teams and stakeholders.
This webinar will introduce an integrated approach leveraging GIS and openBIM showing how together they improve digital delivery and productivity. Using specific project examples, Skanska’s leaders will explain how streamlining workflows between BIM software was accomplished with IFC data as a key to the approach. You will leave this session understanding how maximizing GIS and BIM expands value to all technical and non-technical teams throughout the lifecycle of the infrastructure.
When: Friday 19th November, 8 a.m. CST / 9 a.m. EST / 3 p.m. CET
Speaker: Dr Bill East
Join us for a virtual drop-in session with COBie founder Dr. Bill East, Chair of buildingSMART International COBie Certification Subcommittee, Director of the COBie Academy, and Founder of Prairie Sky Consulting. Bill will be available to answer all of your questions when working with COBie.
Do you practice COBie on your projects? Are you looking for some expert guidance on how to maximize your use of COBie? Head over to our virtual drop-in session to get personalized advice.
Bill will be available for one hour, there is no need to book a time slot, simply register your interest and we’ll send you a link to join us on the day. We are expecting a high volume of people at this session therefore it is advised you get there early to avoid missing out.
The IFC 4.3 Infra Extension Deployment project was formally approved following a successful vote and subsequently moved to the next stage as a production standard. The IFC 4.3 Infra and IFC Rail Project teams have harmonized and validated IFC 4.3 for Roads, Railways, Bridges, Earthworks, Geotechnics, Ports & Waterways. This will deliver IFC 4.3 as an official buildingSMART production standard which will be made available to implement and use by the industry at large.
New forum page for IFC 4.3 building-related comments
There is a new forum page for the review of and response to the implementation of the IFC 4.3 Infra Extension as it relates to buildings. This infrastructure-led project is highly important and impacts other industries and domains.
Following positive feedback and voting by the Standards Committee, the IFC4Precast standard has been endorsed and approved following a successful voting process. This project is aimed at creating an internationally standardized interface maintained by the industry, based on existing interfaces already established in the prefabrication process.
buildingSMART International's Podcast
Join Aidan Mercer, Marketing Director at bSI, as he speaks to another prominent figure from the industry in the next available episode of the Digital Twins Podcast. Below follows a summary of the new episode available, which you can listen to on either Buzzsprout or Spotify by clicking the respective links below.
Hear from Veljko Janjic, CEO and Co-founder of Bexel Consulting about his journey and motivations for openBIM. Veljko shares the story of Bexel, his focus on customers and user-driven innovations as well as the role of openBIM for the industry.
Updates from our Chapter community
We recently heard updates from a number of Chapters about their ongoing activities, and the recordings can be viewed via the links below.
A number of community proposals are out for vote and can be accessed via the 'Standards Committee Consultation' page, which takes information directly from the projects. Follow the link below to learn more.
There is a variety of votes currently out there in the community with access done via the open and live website that takes information directly from the projects. You can learn more by clicking the link below.
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