Institute for BIM in Canada and buildingSMART talk involvement in NBIMS-US standard creation

Credit: buildingSMART
Credit: buildingSMART

The Institute for BIM in Canada and buildingSMART Canada have discussed their involvement in helping create Version 3 of the National BIM Standard – United States and how their work helping sculpt will enable them to develop Canadian standards.

“IBC and buildingSMART Canada were pleased to be involved in this project, and we look forward to seeing its utilization in the U.S.,” said the IBC’s Vice Chair, Bob Hildenbrandt in a statement.

“We also look forward to what its release may mean for the Canadian built environment as we move forward.”

Susan Keenliside, chair of the buildingSMART Canada member community, has also commented on how the group’s latest work could aid the implementation of a standard for the Canadian market. She said: “It’s a major effort that has gone into this. For the better part of two years that this version took to deliver, it was time well-spent to understand and appreciate the amount of work and level of organization that goes into a publication like this.

“The standard is representative of just the sheer quantity of information and movement of data that occurs across the lifecycle of an asset. That’s one of the challenges that BIM is helping to address, is this information exchange across the lifecycle. What information is needed at a specific time, between specific parties for a specific outcome? It’s addressing the gaps between silos and between exchanging information.

“From the Canadian perspective, cross border, this was important, that we’re looking at a common vision over the long-term.”

Keenliside elaborated further on the next steps that Canada needs to take to establish their own national standard: “The point is, around the world, how do we best collaborate and build off a collective body of work, or body of knowledge, to support improved project and service delivery, and more efficient lifecycle information management of the asset with its physical and functional parts.

“The trick for us here in Canada, for the chapter, is how that gets applied at the end user level. How is the industry able to use this standard? How can we facilitate content developed in Canada and submitted as ballots for future versions and what does this mean for a Canadian National BIM Standard?”

Read the entire press release relating to the story here.

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