This is a guest article from Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, one of our BIM and AECO industry specialists.
I recently returned from Washington, D.C. where I attended Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences Second Annual Conference and Expo, and as Vice Chair of The National BIM Standard-United States™ Version 3 Project Committee, I wanted to share the latest news with our readers.
The third version of the National BIM Standard–United States™ (NBIMS-US™) is planned for release in early summer of this year. For those who may not be familiar with NBIMS-US™, it is a consensus document, and an on-going initiative of the buildingSMART alliance™, a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences, which focuses on providing standards that facilitate efficient life-cycle management of the built environment with support from digital technology.
This is accomplished through publishing effective, repeatable elements and mechanisms for the creation, exchange, and management of Building Information Modeling (BIM) data. These elements and mechanisms include reference standards of technology and classification systems; information exchange standards that describe the processes and exchange requirements for tasks during different parts of a building’s life-cycle; standard practices, which outline successful, repeatable business processes and workflows for data modeling, management, communication, project execution and delivery, and even contract specifications; and terminology, an official glossary to provide consistency in language and comprehension of common ideas within the BIM and AECO industry context.
The continuously evolving document constantly requires active participation and input from a variety of professionals who represent different parts of the industry, and who are engaged in implementing BIM and standards in their projects and practices. Prior to each release, new and innovative ideas are discussed, debated, and ultimately subjected to a democratic process to determine which concepts are nominated for the next version.
Everyone is encouraged to apply the NBIMS-US™ content, in whole or in part, to future projects and during the evolution of their business. As more owners become aware of the benefits and demand the use of BIM, all other industry professionals will have to educate themselves and take advantage of the official consensus resources that provide valuable information to implement BIM in efficient and effective ways.
For more information about NBIMS-US™, visit their website.
About the Author
Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, is a BIM and AECO industry specialist at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. He is part of a team that informs customers and the general AECO industry about using Vectorworks software as a Building Information Modeling (BIM) tool and conducts research on industry trends, such as energy analysis, integrated project delivery, and BIM interoperability. His role as Vice Chair for the National BIM Standard-United States™ Version 3 Project Committee gives him first-hand knowledge of the development and content of the NBIMS-US™.