The contractors, suppliers and manufacturers of
acoustics systems, ceiling systems, drywall systems, exterior insulation and
finishing systems, fireproofing, flooring systems, insulation and stucco are
increasingly using building information modeling (BIM) in their work. To ensure
the National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) accurately
references the needs of these allied trades, the Association of the Wall and
Ceiling Industry (AWCI) recently signed a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the
National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance™.
"Our Association is proud to be part of this
far-reaching endeavor that serves to extend the benefits of technology standards
to our Walls and Ceilings partners and their affiliates,” said AWCI Technical
Director Lee Jones.
The buildingSMART alliance works with numerous
organizations in the building industry to ensure that all stakeholders are
represented in the BIM process.
"The very essence of the buildingSMART alliance
is the relationships we build with other organizations throughout the facilities
industry,” said buildingSMART alliance Executive Director Dana K. "Deke” Smith,
FAIA. "This is the first time the entire industry has attempted such a broad
collaborative effort. We welcome AWCI into the Alliance and look forward to
working with them to effect true and valuable change for all practitioners in
the facilities industry."
A BIM 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. Because a BIM covers all aspects of the
building process, everyone in the construction industry will be impacted as the
use of BIMs becomes standard operating procedure. Therefore, it is important
that representatives from every segment of the industry participate in
development of the standard, including members from the Association of the Wall
and Ceiling Industry.
"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-US™
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.”
In the agreement, AWCI agreed to work together
with the Alliance to develop and implement open BIM standards. The Association
plans to establish a BIM committee that will work on developing ballots related
specifically to its trade members’ expertise for submission to the NBIMS-US™
standards development process.
To find out how to participate in the AWCI’s
newly established BIM Committee, contact Lee
Jones, AWCI Director of Technical Services. Learn more about the
NBIMS-US™. See a complete list of
buildingSMART alliance MOA holders.
About the buildingSMART
alliance™, a council of the National Institute of
Building Sciences, works to streamline the way buildings are designed and
operated. The Alliance is tackling the complete building life-cycle process,
from planning and construction to operation, occupancy and disposal. It develops
both the United States National CAD Standard® and the
National BIM Standard-United States™.
About the Association of the Wall and
The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry
(AWCI) represents 2,200 companies and organizations in the acoustics systems,
ceiling systems, drywall systems, exterior insulation and finishing systems,
fireproofing, flooring systems, insulation and stucco contractors, suppliers and
manufacturers and those in allied trades. AWCI’s mission is to provide services
and undertake activities that enhance their members' ability to operate a