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Organizations to Look at BIM for Cost Engineering, Estimating Projects

Thursday, February 26, 2009  
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WASHINGTON, DC—Building-related organizations want to find out if building information modeling (BIM) can make cost engineering and estimating practices more efficient. Officials from eight organizations signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to develop processes to more accurately estimate facility lifecycle costs. The organizations will form teams under the sponsorship of the buildingSMART alliance™ (a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences), to see if BIM can solve cost engineering and estimating problems. Positive results could lead to new candidate standards for the National Building Information Modeling Standard.

"We established a start-up group to coordinate estimating efforts across the industry and this important agreement is the result," said buildingSMART alliance™ Executive Director Deke Smith. "With limited resources available, it is important that we do not duplicate efforts. By working together we can keep the lines of communication open for everyone to stay abreast of actions in this sector and allow the free flow of ideas. This initiative is open. We encourage participation from individuals, companies, associations and all levels of government."

The eight organization representatives signed the MOA in December during the buildingSMART alliance™ National Conference in Washington, D.C. Signers included: The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) Executive Director Andy Dowd; American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) Executive Director Edward Walsh; U.S. General Services Administration Assistant Commissioner for Construction Programs William Guerin; FIATECH Executive Director Ric Jackson; Faithful+Gould Senior Vice President Michael Dell'Isola; RICS Americas Construction Council Chairman Simon Taylor; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) Chief Operating Officer Todd Mann; and National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry Green.

Created in 2007, the buildingSMART alliance™ promotes and coordinates public and private sector technical and financial support for advanced digital technology in the real property industry—from concept, design and construction through operations and management. The Alliance is a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences, which is authorized by Public law to foster the development and use of new building-related technologies and processes. The Institute is charged with helping to improve building construction and operation to benefit all Americans. For information on the buildingSMART alliance™, see

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