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Building Information Management (BIM) Council

The Building Information Management (BIM) Council (formerly known as the buildingSMART alliance®) is a unique organization helping the North American real property industry become more efficient. The BIM Council leads in the creation of tools and standards that allow projects to be built digitally before they are built physically through the use of building information modeling.

 

Vision

To achieve a sustainable and efficient architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator industry enabled with effective work processes based on collaboration, information technology and open standards.

 

Mission

To lead the development and deployment of broadly adopted national information standards and best practices for the built environment, with a focus on significantly improving project delivery and operational processes.

Thought Leadership

Providing thought leadership for industry work process improvements

Information Standards

Enabling and promoting the development of information standards and providing a forum to share lessons learned and develop best practices

Education

Developing, promoting, and delivering education on information exchange standards and proven practices

Membership and Sponsorship

The BIM Council brings together a cross-section of public and private building leaders to deploy and promote national information standards and best practices. Its membership is comprised of individuals and organizations representing government agencies, academia, and the private architect, engineer, and construction firms. The following sponsors are a representation of that membership and have pledged their support to the initiatives of BIMC. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Department of State
  • General Services Administration
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Autodesk
  • FM Global
  • NBBJ
Officers

The five-member Building Information Management (BIM) Board of Direction (BOD) provides vision, leadership, and operational guidance for the Council while ensuring effective management of resources to advance the vision of the Council.

Officers are elected from within the council membership through a nominations and election process.

Chair

Van Woods
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Seattle, WA

Vice Chair

Rachel Riopel
HDR Inc.
Mineapolis, MN

Secretary

Nancy Novak
Compass Data Centers
Fairfax, VA

Past Chair

John I. Messner, PhD.
Dept. of Architectural Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

NIBS Board Liaison

Lane Beougher
Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
Columbus, OH

Staff Liaison

Roger J. Grant, CSI, CDT
Executive Director, Building Information Management, National Institute of Building Sciences

Innovation Advisor

Ian Keough
Hypar
Culver City, CA

Activities
BIMC Organizational Chart
National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS) Committees & Workgroups
NBIMS Project Committee

The NBIMS-US Project Committee (National BIM Standard-United States Project Committee), is a project committee of the Building Information Management (BIM) Council which is a council of NIBS. The NBIMS-US Project Committee brings together the broadest and deepest constituency ever assembled for the purpose of establishing and managing through an Industry consensus process a series of open source National standards and guidance for all aspects of Building Information Modeling. The National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) provides consensus based standards through referencing existing standards, documenting information exchanges and delivering best business practices for the entire built environment.

NBIMS Planning Committee

The National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS) Planning Committee (PLC) administers the affairs and consensus process of the NBIMS-US Project Committee (PC) and Workgroups (WG). The goal of the PLC is to create a collection of standards and guidelines that support the implementation of building information modeling and management in planning, design, construction and operations of buildings and infrastructure in the United States and beyond.

A full update of the NBIMS-US will be published every 3 years following a review of the existing published version and annual interim modules. The key feature of this new 3-year cycle and annual module release process is that modules are developed continually as improvements or new content in the form of individual modules are developed. The PLC will accept proposals, identify priorities, stand up workgroups, ballot candidate modules, and publish approved modules as they become available. A public-facing website will display initiatives are under development and include workgroup work plans, candidate modules, as well as approved and final modules.

NBIMS PLC Structure

Under a newly-reorganized structure, the NBIMS PLC consists of a chair, vice chair, secretary, as well as 12 BIM Council members, representing core segments of the industry. Every PLC member must be a member-in-good-standing of the NIBS BIM Council and the NBIMS-US Project Committee.

Current officers and members of the PLC are as follows:

Name Organization Location Role
John I. Messner, PhD. Department of Architectural Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA Chair
Carrie Sturts Dossick, P.E. University of Washington Seattle, WA Vice Chair
Robert Glover Barton Malow Builders Richmond, VA Secretary
Lane Beougher, AIA, FCSI, LEED AP BD+C Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Columbus, OH NIBS BOD Liaison
Paul Audsley, Assoc. AIA NBBJ Columbus, OH Member
Greg Ceton, CDT Construction Specifications Institute Alexandria, VA Member
Tim Chipman Constructivity.com LLC Ames, IA Member
Johnny Fortune, CDT, CM-BIM, CM-Lean, LEED AP Bullock Tice Associates Pensacola, FL Member
Ivan Jaramillo Autodesk, Inc   Member
Frank Moore Autodesk, Inc. Waltham, MA Member
Edmund Newman GSA Washington, DC Member
Rachel Riopel HDR Minneapolis, MN Member
Andy Smith Bentley Mooresville, NC Member
Van Woods U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle, WA Member

The PLC created the following Workgroups to lead the development of the new NBIMS modules. A description of the focus of each workgroup is available on the following pages:

ChairRalph Kreider
Planning Committee LiaisonJohnny Fortune

Description

The primary focus of this Workgroup (WG) is to identify appropriate BIM Use Definitions and Development Methodology for inclusion in the NBIMS. This includes gathering BIM Uses from existing versions of NBIMS as well as potentially other sources. Each BIM Use should be discussed by the WG and evaluated for any necessary revisions to align with current industry practices. The WG should also engage in sound scholarly research and user interviews or surveys to identify additional BIM Uses that are candidates for inclusion. Additionally, the WG should include a standardized Development Methodology to BIM Uses (such as the approach included NBIMS v3) to provide flexibility of creating custom project-specific BIM Uses that still align with a National Standard. The end state should be one where project stakeholders can pick from a well-developed list of BIM Uses to require them on a project or require a defined process for developing a custom BIM Use. While the BIM Use Definitions are not intended to describe means and methods, all necessary components of the BIM Use should be identified (i.e., prerequisites, input, output, etc.).

Collaboration

This WG is one of several WGs that are focused on topical areas within the NBIMS. All WGs should coordinate any overlapping topics with the leadership of the related WG and the Planning Committee (PLC). Topics outside of the WGs focus area that are discovered during WG activities should be brought to the attention of the PLC for consideration. Additionally, all BIM Uses suggested by other WG must be considered to properly align the various portions of NBIMS. The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities but rather a starting point.

Scope

Coming soon.

Overall Schedule

Coming soon.

Deliverable

Coming soon.

Proposed Required Resources

The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BIM Use Definitions for NBIMS. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., NIBS conference. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.

ChairDianne Davis
Planning Committee LiaisonJohn Messner

Description

The BIM Project Execution Planning Guide (BEP Guide) and corresponding templates included in NBIMS were initially developed in October 2009. The BEP Guide outlines a structured approach for a project team to develop a BEP through a collaborative process leveraging a consistent template for BEP content. In 2012, Version 2.1 of the BEP Guide and Templates were released, and they are incorporated into the NBIMS-US.

While the BEP Guide and Template have been instrumental in driving consistency in the planning process, many large owners and project teams have been improving upon the initial versions of the BEP Guide and Template. There is a need to collect, evaluate, and compile core revisions to the documents that leverage the best content revisions through a structured evaluation.

The goal of this WG is to develop a comprehensive BEP Guide and Templates that can be used as a standard deliverable, with structured extensions or customizations by owners and other project team members if needed.

Collaboration

This WG is one of several WGs that are focused on topical areas within the NBIMS. All WGs should coordinate any overlapping topics with the leadership of the related WG and the Planning Committee (PLC). Topics outside of the WGs focus area that are discovered during WG activities should be brought to the attention of the PLC for consideration. Additionally, the BEP procedure managed within this WG will need to be aligned with other WG content related to BEP within various portions of NBIMS. The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities but rather a starting point.

Scope

To meet the goal, the WG will focus on:

Overall Schedule

Coming Soon.

Deliverables
Proposed Required Resources

The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BEP resources for NBIMS 2020/2021. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., NIBS conference. The development of an updated BEP Guide and templates will require time from a subject matter expert and research into the current BEP best practices, BEP template content analysis, and BEP information exchange definition. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.

ChairConnor Christian
Planning Committee LiaisonCarrie Sturts Dossick

Description

The primary focus of this Workgroup (WG) is to define the scope and content for minimum core BIM implementation on a project. This candidate module is intended as a standard to define the minimum requirements for a BIM-enabled project that refers to other comprehensive modules such as Industry Foundation Classes, COBie, BIM Use Definitions, BIM Execution Planning and Modeling Requirements.

Motivation

This module will support industry implementation of BIM through the definition of minimum requirements. The NBIMS content, such as IFC, often focuses on comprehensive definitions without guidelines or requirements as to how to implement these definitions and standards. The Minimum core BIM requirements module would reference these other standards and provide a guide for minimum viable application of these for a BIM-enabled project.

Collaboration

This WG is one of several WGs that are focused on topical areas within the NBIMS. All WGs should coordinate any overlapping topics with the leadership of the related WG and the Planning Committee (PLC). Topics outside of the WGs focus area that are discovered during WG activities should be brought to the attention of the PLC for consideration. As other modules of the standard are revised, this minimum core BIM module must be reviewed for agreement and compliance with referenced modules. The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities but rather a starting point.

Scope

This candidate module focuses on the project requirements for minimum BIM scope that defines the basic BIM requirements. To this end, the Workgroup with the support of subject matter experts will review existing standards (national, international, state, local) that define BIM project requirements and develop an interim report to support the development of this minimum BIM requirements language. Where possible, this candidate module will refer to other NBIMS modules (e.g. BIM Uses, Modeling Requirements such as LOD and M3, BIM Execution Planning, COBie, and IFC). This Workgroup will then develop the candidate module language for ballot.

Overall Schedule with Milestones
Milestone Schedule
Form Workgroup 3 months
Develop WG Work Plan 3 months
Hire subject matter expert 2 months
Conduct Best Practice review with Interim Report 1 6 months
Develop candidate module draft language 3 months
Refine and revise candidate module for ballot 3 months
Ballot candidate module PLC 2 months
Ballot candidate module PC 2 months
Deliverable

The end state will be a well-developed minimum core BIM candidate module that define the requirements for a minimal viable BIM-enabled project. The candidate module will be balloted for review, comment and approval of the NBIMS-US Project Committee.

Proposed Required Resources

This module is new content for the standard and arguably the heart of the NBIMS. We recommend a kick-off face-to-face meeting for the Workgroup to launch the effort, with monthly virtual meetings subsequently. We also recommend NIBS enlist subject matter experts to conduct research on the best practices already developed in the market place (interim report 1] and draft NBIMS standard language for this candidate module for review and revision by the WG volunteer members. We understand that generally NIBS staff cannot support all the online meetings.

Co-Chairs: Brian Haines & TJ Meehan
Planning Committee Liaison: John Messner

Description

The mission of the NIBS Building Information Management (BIM) Council Construction-to-Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) Workgroup (CWG) is to exercise stewardship of the Construction‐to‐Operations Information Exchange Model View Definition (MVD) and data schema. The Workgroup fulfills this mission in three ways:

The CWG will develop and maintain an annual operational plan which outlines the activities and specific projects to be pursued within the next year to include quarterly milestones with deliverables along with any resources required to achieve the CWG goals.

Members
Name Organization Role
Brodt, William National Aeronautics and Space Administration Member
Carrasquillo, Mariangelica U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Engineering and Construction
Member
Chobot, Marty Invicara Pte Ltd Member
Dalbert, Thomas Onuma, Inc. Alternate
Gran, Danielle Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. Member
Gude, Ortez Corvado Member
Jaramillo, Ivan Autodesk, Inc. Alternate
Joels, Kerry   Member
Kim , Yong Ku Onuma, Inc. Alternate
Mencarini, Robert Building Informatics Alternate
Mies, Chuck Autodesk, Inc. Alternate
Moore, Frank Autodesk, Inc. Alternate
Nisbet, Nicholas buildingSMART UK Member
Onuma, Kimon Onuma, Inc. Member
Peterson, Brad ARCHIBUS, Inc. Member
Powell, Ross TMA Systems Member
Shirey, Don Bentley Systems, Inc. Alternate
Smith, Andy Bentley Systems, Inc. Member
Starkov, Igor EcoDomus Member
Stefanidakis Sr., Nick ARCHIBUS, Inc. Alternate
Sullivan, John Autodesk, Inc. Member
Tardif, Michael Building Informatics Member
Taylor, Reginald NIH Member
Tobias, Brandon NAVFAC Alternate
Wang, Grace Google Member
Watson, James   Member
Whittaker, Jim Facility Engineering Associated, PC Member
Willette, Michael ARCHIBUS, Inc. Alternate
Wood, Doug IBM Member
Standard Resources
Additional Resources

Chair: Aaron Costin
Planning Committee LiaisonAndy Smith (Bentley)

Description

The focus of this Workgroup (WG) is to:

Definitions

Information Exchange (IE) – is the act of transferring structured data from one machine, the sender, to another machine, the receiver.

Structured data – are facts organized and recorded in a scheme that is interpretable and consumable by a machine.

Motivation

The business need for an information exchange standard is critical to the success of the US-NBIMS. Without information exchanges the rhetoric of the possibilities of building information modeling (BIM) is only academic. For the value of BIM to be recognized information exchanges must be executable within the project delivery contractual process. Information exchanges must be implementable by machines, well documented, trust-worthy, and add business value.

Collaboration

This Workgroup is a consultant to all other US-NBIMS Workgroups in that this Group will not initiate the need for an information exchange but will assist with executing the idea. This Workgroup should be an advisor as to the technical possibility and practicality of a successful information exchange.

Audience

The work product of this Workgroup will provide guidance and instruction for software developer to implement the information exchange.

Scope

Coming soon.

Overall Schedule with Milestones
Milestone Schedule
Form Workgroup 3 months
Develop Work Plan 3 months
Socialize and Seek Agreement 6 months
Collaboration On-going
Deliverable

The deliverable from this Workgroup will be:

Proposed Required Resources

The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BIM Use Definitions for NBIMS. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., NIBS conference. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.

Join a Workgroup

To inquire about joining a Workgroup, please fill out the online form. Your completed form will be sent to the appropriate Workgroup coordinator. Be sure to tell us briefly about your professional background and why you’re interested in joining the Workgroup. This information will allow us to get to know you better and effectively put your talents and interests to work!

Contact

Dominique Fernandez
Project Director
National Institute of Building Science

The National BIM Standard-United States™

The National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) provides consensus-based standards through referencing existing standards, documenting information exchanges and delivering best business practices for the entire built environment. With open BIM standards, we can build detailed models and deliver accurate products that can be used during commissioning and operation to ensure facility functionality throughout the life of the facility and to deliver high performance, carbon neutral, and net zero energy based facilities.

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National CAD Standard (NCS)
United States National CAD Standard® (NCS) V6

The NCS is a consensus standard incorporating industry publications. It is comprised of interrelated standards, guidelines and tools for uniformly organizing and presenting facility drawing information. It is the only comprehensive standard for facility planning, design, construction and operation drawings. The NCS consists of The American Institute of Architect's CAD Layer Guidelines, Construction Specifications Institute's Uniform Drawing System (Modules 1-8), and National Institute of Building Sciences' BIM Implementation & Plotting Guidelines. 

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The National BIM Guide for Owners

The purpose of the National Building Information Modeling Guide for Owners (NBGO) is to outline for the building Owner how to develop and implement requirements for the application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for internal policies and procedures, and explain how to include these requirements in contracts to plan, design, construct and operate buildings. This Guide uses the term “building” generically, in keeping with the terminology of “Building Information Modeling.” It is intended to apply to information modeling for the built environment: site elements and facilities as well as buildings.. [January 2017 / 36 pages]

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Should you have any additional questions about the Building Information Management (BIM) Council or would like to know more about the council's activities, please contact:

Staff Liaison

Roger J. Grant, CSI, CDT
Executive Director, Building Information Management
National Institute of Building Sciences

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