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Get the Latest NBIMS Information Exchange Tools Straight from the Source

Tuesday, October 2, 2012  
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Come witness the newest, most cutting-edge building information modeling (BIM) information exchange (IE) standards being developed for inclusion in the National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US) straight from the official source that creates them. Attend the all-day IE Working Group Meeting Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C; just one of a series of events taking place during Building Innovation 2013—the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo.

The United States Congress established the National Institute of Building Sciences to serve as an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment. The Institute’s buildingSMART alliance™ and Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee oversee the efforts of the IE Working Group. This meeting, which is free and open to the public, is where the Working Group will present the latest progress on IE projects and set the course of information exchange development for the year ahead.

The all-day meeting will cover a number of IE activities. One highlight of the morning session will be the release of the national standard best-practice guide, Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) Guide, and a discussion of how COBie is being implemented in projects world-wide. During this session, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory will unveil a new report detailing the life-cycle business case for COBie. While COBie contains the list of managed facility assets, the IE Working Group also will present a new series of proposed information exchange standards that specify the exchange of assemblies and connections for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); electrical; water; and sensor system domains. National experts in these fields will share their findings and introduce each proposed standard, while manufacturers will present supporting software currently under development.

More than 20 commercial software systems have implemented NBIMS-US. In the afternoon sessions, during the buildingSMART alliance Challenge, various software vendors will test to see how their software packages (supporting design, construction and fabrication) perform using the new IE standards. During the live testing phase of this challenge, all of the manufacturers will be given the same parameters to see how their particular software processes and exchanges information. Each of the vendors will describe their new export routines and product set-up guides. At the conclusion of the sessions, the IE Working Group will then release the results of the independent software testing.

Participating vendors for planning and design software include: Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Constructivity, Drofus, Graphisoft, Nemetscheck and Onuma System. Software vendors for builders include: Autodesk, 4Projects, Asite, Constructivity, CxAlloy, East Coast CADD/CAM, EcoDomus and Onuma System.This meeting is free but registration is required.

Visit to register. Click on the registration tab, select option ‘6B’ and check off ‘Meeting: Information Exchanges: COBie, SPie and more.’ Or to learn about the full schedule of events, visit

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