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Agreement for developing BIM standards signed

US: In an effort to collaborate on the development of building information modeling (BIM) standards, the National Institute of Building Sciences, buildingSMART alliance and buildingSMART Canada , a council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), have signed a five-year, renewable memorandum of agreement (MOA).

The alliance, developer of the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US), has delivered NBIMS-US Version 2 (V2), the first-ever consensus-based standard governing BIM use in the United States.

BuildingSMART Canada, as well as a number of other member countries, are planning to adopt the NBIMS-US V2 as the basis for their own standards. Each nation will add more content as needed and then share their updates back with the alliance to be considered for adoption in the United States edition.

“Through this agreement, our friends in Canada will be helping to provide content for NBIMS-US as they develop a national standard governing BIM for Canada,” Dana K. Smith, executive director of the buildingSMART alliance said.

“This contribution, combined with the efforts of other buildingSMART member nations, will help us to grow the content of NIBMS-US exponentially in a much shorter period of time than we could do ourselves.”

IBC chair Dave Pelletier said buildingSMART Canada is “excited” to be working closely with its North American partners “as we undertake our own Canadian BIM standards.”

“By signing this MOA, we can provide a Canadian perspective to the standards development in the United States, while also learning and utilising outside expertise for our own standards development process and supporting the goal of an International BIM Standard tailored to our own needs.”

The NBIMS-US V2 contains reference standards, information exchange standards — which are built upon the reference standards — and best practice guidelines that support users in their implementation of open BIM standards-based deliverables.

Source: Daily Commercial