National BIM Standard-United States™ Subcommittees, Workgroups: Volunteers Wanted
Friday, December 7, 2012
Calling all building industry professionals with an interest
in building information modeling (BIM). The National Institute of Building
Sciences buildingSMART alliance™, developer of the National BIM Standard-United
States™ (NBIMS-US™), is looking for volunteers to get involved in development
of the NBIMS-US Version 3.
A BIM is a shared resource of knowledge about a facility
that can be used to make decision about the building through its life cycle,
from the initial idea, to design and construction, through daily operations and
eventual demolition. Because a BIM covers all aspects of the building process,
everyone in the construction industry will be impacted as the use of BIM
becomes standard operating procedure. Therefore, it is important that
representatives from every segment of the industry participate in development
of the standard.
"Developing the National BIM Standard-United States™ is a
monumental effort that will change the way our industry operates,” said
NBIMS-US Project Committee Chair Chris Moor, who is the Director of Industry
Initiatives at the American Institute of Steel Construction. "Volunteers have
the opportunity to use their expertise to ensure the NBIMS addresses their
specific areas of focus, which means they can have an impact on the acceptance
and usability of BIM within the life cycle of a building. Their involvement is
crucial to our momentum.”
The NBIMS Project Committee is looking for volunteers to sit
on the following Subcommittees and Workgroups:
- Product Development Subcommittee (PDS): Develops
the means and methods of proactively seeking, collecting, monitoring,
developing and balloting any existing (and ongoing) industry initiatives and
projects that may result in future NBIMS-US content.
- Technical Subcommittee (TS): Ensures the
technical accuracy and consistency of all information exchange (‘technical’ and
‘reference’) ballots and NBIMS-US content, as guided by the buildingSMART
International (bSI) best practice documentation and specifications.
- Terminology Subcommittee (TGS): Develops and
maintains a set of terminology definitions and polices their use throughout
NBIMS-US ballots and content.
- Implementation Subcommittee (IS): Develops and
maintains the overall style and content structure of NBIMS-US, and develops and
manages a ‘ballot to content’ process that streamlines production of the end
- Standard Practice Subcommittee (SPS): Develops,
manages, maintains and evolves the "best practices” aspect of NBIMS-US (ballots
- Market Education Subcommittee (MES): Actively
promotes NBIMS-US and educates the market about the overall effort and product.
- Ballot Review Workgroups (WG): Review and vet
the ballots in preparation for commenting and voting by the membership. The
exact number of workgroups will be established as the ballot submission period
approaches, based on the estimated workload. Currently, six groups are
NBIMS-US is a consensus document that serves to standardize
the way practitioners use BIMs to more easily pass information from one phase
of the building process to another. The NBIMS-US Project Committee oversees the
Click here to learn more about the NBIMS-US, view the
volunteer requirements and fill out the online application form. Applications
are due December 31, 2012.
The buildingSMART alliance, a council of the National
Institute of Building Sciences, develops the National BIM Standard-United
States™ to streamline the collection and use of construction data. The
Institute is a liaison between the public and private sectors, working with
government, building industry and manufacturing stakeholders to advance
building science and technology.