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Institute to Release NBIMS-US V2 during AIA Conference

Monday, May 14, 2012  
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On Thursday, May 17, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance™ will release the first ever consensus-based standard governing building information modeling (BIM) for use in the United States. A BIM is a three-dimensional digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. It is a shared resource of knowledge about a facility that can be used to make decisions about the building throughout its life cycle, from the initial idea, to design and construction, through daily operations and eventual demolition.

Dana K. “Deke” Smith, FAIA, Executive Director of the buildingSMART alliance, and Dominique Fernandez, Program Director at the National Institute of Building Sciences, will demonstrate the newly released standard. They are responsible for coordinating the development and publication process for the new standard.

The National Building Information Modeling Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) Version 2 (V2), the first ever consensus-based BIM standard for use in the United States, 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.

Thursday, May 17, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Booth 4294 on the AIA Expo floor
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Mt. Vernon Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 

NBIMS-US™ V2 covers the full life cycle of buildings—from planning, design and construction to operations and sustainment. Part of an international effort, the NBIMS-US™ V2 will serve as the kick-off point for a number of other countries around the world to adopt as their own BIM standard. The Alliance, which is both a council of the Institute and the North American chapter of buildingSMART® International, is working with several other nations on BIM standard development. Canada, Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand are all planning to take 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 United States.

Following the launch, the standard will be available at

To pre-schedule an interview with either Mr. Smith or Ms. Fernandez, please contact Gretchen Hesbacher by email at or via phone at (202)289-7800, ext. 171.

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