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BIM for High Tech Facility Life-Cycles
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ORGANIZATION: buildingSMART alliance (bSa), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is transforming how buildings are designed and constructed, and currently to a much lesser extent how they are operated. While a growing number of architecture and construction management firms are implementing BIM with varying degrees of success, few believe that BIM has reached neither full implementation nor full development. To reach full potential there is a need for a comprehensive and organized approach for research and development of BIM. Unfortunately, the current research activities for BIM are unorganized between
BIM vendors, design and construction firms, and academic institutions. As a result activities are likely duplicated, disconnected and potentially misdirected. To overcome these obstacles to full implementation of BIM the buildingSMART alliance (NIBS), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), the coalition partners, along with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT) have organized a program to develop a Research Framework for Building Information Modeling. The plan outlined below will guide the outcome for this effort.
Led by representatives of the coalition members and Virginia Tech, i.e., the project's Steering Committee, three (3) Research Framework Committees are being forming to address particular issues identified in the Research Framework and to provide input to the Project Steering Committee. It is anticipated that the Framework Committees would include five to ten representatives from the same sectors as from the coalition partners.
Vendors lead the facility management industry based on user groups orientation toward a specific product. As such, the facility management industry helps define the needs and software, hardware and other technology for BIM. Vendors must develop tools to support these needs and those of other sectors of the building industry, e.g., designers, constructors, etc. Therefore, the Project Steering Committees must consist of a diverse group of experts to participate in guiding the development of BIM functions that must have life-cycle value. The coalition partners believe that focusing these efforts on high-tech facilities will ensure a broad consideration for development of BIM products with aspects transferable to the full building marketplace.
Charges to Committees
Tool Development Framework Committee
Best Practices/Metrics/Awards and Business Process Re-engineering Framework Committee
Information Clearinghouse/Bridging the Silos Framework Committee