Welcome to the buildingSMART International Newsletter for June 2022. This edition has a series of important reports from recent publications, including the achievement of sending the full IFC 4.3 final Production Standard to ISO and an IFC Special Report.
We are also pleased to announce buildingSMART International Standards Summit is open for both sponsorship and early bird registrations, with a discount on all ticket types. The discount is available for a limited time, so register soon!
A number of calls for participation and/or sponsorship are still live, so please take a look and help out where you can.
The buildingSMART International Standards Summit 2022
We are pleased to announce that the next buildingSMART International Standards Summit will take place from 18th to 21st October! This in-person summit will be hosted by buildingSMART International and buildingSMART Canada & Groupe BIM du Quebec in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It will address how to drive digital transformation to facilitate resilience in the built asset industry through international collaboration.
As part of the summit agenda, buildingSMART Canada & Groupe BIM du Quebec will host the first annual national conference on how to enable A National Digital Twin Ecosystem through openBIM and connected technologies.
Early bird tickets are available for a limited time; register now to secure your place! Sponsorship has also been launched - a full summary of the benefits and associated costs can be viewed and downloaded below. If you would like to sign up, register your interest, or discuss the opportunities in more detail, please contact us at:
The AEC Magazine has published an IFC Special Report from buildingSMART UKI in their May/June edition. The report discusses the importance of IFC and its role in the AEC industry. Casey Rutland, chair of buildingSMART UKI, writes in-depth on the importance of standardizing data and how IFC achieves that, and Emma Hooper, Associate Director, Bond Bryan writes an interesting article about IFC.
The feature covers various topics including the importance of IFC for infrastructure in a detailed article from Emma Hooper, associate director and head of R&D at Bond Bryan Digital. And Dion Moult, Digital Engineer Manager at Lendlease, discusses Native openBIM and the rise of open source in AEC.
As an industry overview on buildingSMART and the AEC community's work, this is a great piece to read.
IFC 4.3 – A Major Milestone Introduction and Overview of the Current Status
Earlier this year Richard Petrie wrote a blog post on the current status of the IFC 4.3 final Production Standard. This is the first in a series of posts to mark and explain the achievement of sending the full IFC 4.3 final Production Standard to ISO to initiate the process of elevating the standard to become a formal ISO.
This milestone represents the conclusion of at least 7 years of concentrated project work and multiple projects across our community. It has been achieved with worldwide support from clients, especially government and infrastructure clients, AEC industry participant of all types, and with close involvement and support from software vendors. The significance and the opportunities this presents will be discussed in each post - keep an eye on our blog page to stay up to date.
The status of IFC 4.3 and the benefit of further extensions as IFC 4.4
Richard Kelly, Operations Director bSI, gives an update on the publication status of IFC 4.3 and provides an update on the IFC 4.4 extension to incorporate Tunnel entities. Get the latest on what the release of IFC 4.4 will mean for ISO 16739-1 and software.
Industry Survey: Understanding the role of BIM and CDEs Today
and Expectations for the Future
Published early in May 2022, this survey report provides interesting insights into the role of BIM, CDE's and the outlook for the future. 250 participants from around the world, mostly BIM professionals, provided the data for the report. The main findings are discussed in a recent blog post from Rick Bell, Senior Content Marketing Manager at Oracle Construction and Engineering, which you can read below.
Overall the survey found that BIM is continuing to expand from design and build into downstream phases of the project lifecycle. There was also a clear indication that cloud infrastructure is driving the digital transformation in these organizations. We can expect to see CDE's play a bigger role in the digital future.
buildingSMART USA Executive Committee will give a recap of the 2022 Annual Open Standards Conference in Anaheim, June 14-16, 2022.
The Open Standards Conference provided an opportunity to review open Standards state-of-practice development through industry reporting and presentation of real-world built environment Horizontal Infrastructure, as well as vertical buildings projects.
Regulators around the world are turning to the buildingSMART openBIM standards to allow building proposals to be reviewed, inspected, and checked automatically for compliance. This session will discuss openBIM, the role of the buildingSMART Regulatory Room, and recent developments in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore.
Join us for the third webinar in a series of ‘Open House’ sessions showcasing the work of the buildingSMART Regulatory Room.
InfraBIM Open 2023 January 30 - February 1, 2023 - Tampere, Finland
buildingSMART Finland and RIL have just announced the InfraBIM Open 2023 will be hosted in Finland, in early 2023. This conference has been growing in recent years, with nearly 600 experts from 32 countries in attendance in 2020/2021.
If you are interested in speaking at the conference, the Call for Proposals is open until September 12th, 2022. InfraBIM Open also offers a great opportunity to promote your organization or products with various partnership packages available.
buildingSMART Denmark caught up with Lèon Van Berlo, Technical Director of bSI, during the second meeting in buildingSMART Denmark’s Technical Committee. In their conversation, Léon gave an update on bSI's Compliance Program, sustainability as a new bSI Room, and lowering barriers for the use of IFC through the user program.
The Regulatory Room strategy is to engage actors of the regulatory process to support the adoption of openBIM to improve the whole process. To achieve this goal buildingSMART (and we think the global building ecosystem) is tremendously interested in regulated firms and regulatory bodies' expectations.
Unsurprisingly, expectations are not the same everywhere and change over time, so in 2020 we decided to launch a survey to fix a point and discover and analyze a general perception about openBIM adoption in the compliance processes, collecting the points of view of both regulators and regulated industry.
The final goal of the assessment was to find the best messages and communications channels to improve the engagement needed to foster openBIM adoption in regulatory processes.
bSI Activity Proposal for IDM for Steel Construction:
Call for Participation and Sponsorship
The Building Room and Standards Committee of buildingSMART International has approved an activity proposal for the development of an IDM for Steel Construction. The project will identify relevant information and define needed accuracy in terms of an IDM. This IDM is targeting the transition of a design model into a fabrication model.
The project also aims to integrate openBIM Standards, in particular IFC, and optimize BIM-Processes within the steel construction industry as well as foster wide implementation of Steel IDM by vendors.
All industry and vendors are invited to participate in this development and be part of the project team. Opportunities exist to participate actively in the work and/or to sponsor the work and act as a stakeholder. All interested parties should contact project coordinator Mirbek Bekboliev at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or bSI at email@example.com
Latest Industry Insights: What do Facility Managers need from BIM?
The Building Room has recently published a series of whitepapers offering a variety of perspectives on what Facility Managers (FM) need from BIM across a range of sectors. The use cases evaluate the needs and requirements for each sector and then discuss in depth the use of BIM. This was part of the “FM and openBIM” project which aimed to represent the FM industry in developing openBIM and the ecosystem of digital twins. The whitepapers from this project are now available. All whitepapers are available on the website in our Standards Library.
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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