Building Information Management (BIM) Council BIM Information Exchange Standard Structure Workgroup

Building Information Management (BIM) Council

BIM Information Exchange Standard Structure Workgroup

Co-Chairs: Greg Ceton & Robert Anderson
Planning Committee Liaison: Roger Grant (NIBS), Andy Smith (Bentley)

Description

The focus of this Workgroup (WG) is to:

  1. Define and publish publicly a method for defining an "information exchanges" (IE) that is based on "structured data" that will enable the US-NBIMS.
  2. Define and publish publicly procedures and policies for submitting for comment, the inclusion of edits and amendments, and consensus agreement for an information exchange definition.
  3. Organize and moderate a diverse group of industry knowledgeable professionals to motivate and create activity that will result in information standards to enable the US-NBIMS.

Definitions:

Information Exchange (IE) – is the act of transferring structured data from one machine, the sender, to another machine, the receiver.

Structured data – are facts organized and recorded in a scheme that is interpretable and consumable by a machine.

Motivation

The business need for an information exchange standard is critical to the success of the US-NBIMS. Without information exchanges the rhetoric of the possibilities of building information modeling (BIM) is only academic. For the value of BIM to be recognized information exchanges must be executable within the project delivery contractual process. Information exchanges must be implementable by machines, well documented, trust-worthy, and add business value.

Collaboration

This Workgroup is a consultant to all other US-NBIMS Workgroups in that this Group will not initiate the need for an information exchange but will assist with executing the idea. This Workgroup should be an advisor as to the technical possibility and practicality of a successful information exchange.

Audience

The work product of this Workgroup will provide guidance and instruction for software developer to implement the information exchange.

Scope

Coming soon.

Overall Schedule with Milestones

Milestone Schedule
Form Workgroup
  1. Recruit member
  2. Outline responsibilities
  3. Seek commitment from members
3 months
Develop Work Plan
  1. Deliverables
  2. Resources
  3. Schedule
  4. Budget
3 months
Socialize and Seek Agreement
  1. Information exchange minimal viable definitions
  2. Procedures for submittal, review and approval
  3. Publication of work efforts
6 months
Collaboration
  1. Structured plan for working with other Workgroups
  2. Status report of work and outcomes to the Planning Committee
On-going

Deliverable

The deliverable from this Workgroup will be:

  1. A method for defining an "information exchanges" (IE) that is based on "structured data" that will enable the US-NBIMS.
  2. Procedures and policies for submitting for comment, the inclusion of edits and amendments, and consensus agreement for an information exchange definition.
  3. A Work Group of diverse industry knowledgeable professionals to motivate and create activity to create information standards to enable the US-NBIMS.

Proposed Required Resources

The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BIM Use Definitions for NBIMS. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., NIBS conference. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.

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