[OGC Press Release] National Building Information Model Standards Committee Formed to create the National BIM Standard

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Tue Feb 21 15:30:38 EST 2006

Contact: Earle Kennett, [ekennett at nibs.org]
The NBIMS Development Committee, The National Institute of Building
Sciences, 1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4905
website: http://www.nibs.org/BIMcommittee.html

National Building Information Model Standards Committee Formed to create
the National BIM Standard

Washington, DC.  February 20, 2006.  The National Institute of Building
Standards (NIBS) through its Facility Information Council (FIC) has formed
a committee to create the National Building Information Model Standard
(NBIMS).  The Standard is considered to be a critical element in reforming
business practices in the capital facilities industry and recapturing at
least $15B annually lost due to inefficiencies.  The NBIMS team is
actively soliciting participation from public and private organizations
and individuals and, to date, 26 organizations representing most aspects
of the facility lifecycle and many types of associated businesses have
signed the Committee charter and over 80 individuals, overseen by an
executive committee, are actively participating on NBIM working groups.

Similar to recent successful reforms in industrial manufacturing and
supply chain management, increased integration between building lifecycle
stakeholders is considered essential and standardized practices and
methods of storing, viewing and sharing building information are
fundamental to reform. The long list of stakeholders; which include
owners, architects, real property brokers, financiers, lawyers, insurers,
engineers, materials scientists, manufacturers, constructors, facility
managers, occupants, and services vendors is just one indication of the
significant impact the Standard is expected to produce.

The NBIMS Project Committee seeks to facilitate integration by providing a
common language for describing facility information, common views of
information based on the needs of businesses engaged in all aspects of
facility commerce, and common standards for sharing data between
businesses and their data processing applications.  Use of common language
and practices is expected to significantly reduce building costs,
insurance liability, construction schedules, and operating expense while
increasing building performance, safety, building life and occupant

To further rapid development and wide acceptance, the Committee is
partnering with international standards organizations and leveraging
existing initiatives.  Organizations include the Open Standards Consortium
for Real Estate (OSCRE), the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®),
International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) International, and
FIATECH - an industry consortium formed to identify and accelerate the
development, demonstration and deployment of fully integrated and
automated technologies.  In addition, the Committee is seeking and
receiving active participation by professional organizations such as the
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Building Owners & Managers
Association (BOMA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI),
Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), International Facilitates Management
Association (IFMA), Mortgage Bankers Association, etc.

Recent announcements by the US General Services Administration (GSA), US
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) are an
indication of rapid and immediate evolutionary pressures in the capital
facilities industry.  These government agencies and, similarly, private
organizations, now require integrated service delivery approaches, use of
‘virtual building models’ to reduce errors and omissions, and the use and
delivery of digital datasets for facility operations, maintenance and
renewal; which support improved service delivery, enhanced emergency
planning, management and response.   Without a standard this is a risky

Release of the first version of the NBIM Standard is planned for December

ADDITIONAL Information

The National Institute of Building Sciences
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), headquartered in
Washington, DC, is the building community's authoritative national source
of knowledge and advice on matters of building regulation, science and
technology.  The Facility Information Council (FIC), one of six active
NIBS councils, is host to both the US National CAD Standard and the US
National BIM Standard Committees.  FIC provides industry-wide support for
the development, standardization, and integration of computer technologies
and software to ensure the improved performance of the entire life cycle
of facilities from design, engineering and construction through operation,
maintenance and retirement phases.

BIM Working Definition
A Building Information Model or BIM utilizes cutting edge open standard
digital technology to establish a computable representation of all the
physical and functional characteristics of a facility and its related
project/life-cycle information, and is intended to be a repository of
shared information for the facility owner/operator to use and maintain
throughout the life-cycle of a facility.

NBIMS Committee Mission Statement
The mission of the National BIM Standard Project Committee is to improve
the performance of facilities over their full life-cycle by fostering a
common, standard and integrated life-cycle information model for the A/E/C
and Facilities Management industry. This information model will allow for
the free flow of graphic and non-graphic information among all parties to
the process of creating and sustaining the built environment, and will
work to coordinate U.S. efforts with related activities taking place

NIST Study on Cost of Inadequate Interoperability
2004 NIST study (U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of
Standards and Technology, "Cost Analysis of Inadequate Interoperability in
the U.S. Capital Facilities Industry". (NIST GCR 04-867, August 2004)
estimates that at least $15.8B is lost annually due to the lack of

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