Building Information Management (BIM) Council FAQS

Building Information Management (BIM) Council

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The NIBS BIM Council (formerly known as buildingSMART alliance®) was created to spearhead technical, political, and financial support for use of advanced digital technology in the real property industry—from concept, design and construction through operations and management. By leading the development and promotion of open data standards, the Council helps facilitate the most effective capture and ongoing management of information for facilities and infrastructure, from inception to demolition.

The Council is a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The Council promotes the use of Building Information Models (BIMs), the digital tools that are helping building industry stakeholders to share highly accurate information throughout a facility or project's life cycle. Effective use of BIMs has the potential to eliminate enormous waste in the industry resulting from the recollection and recreation of project information and data.

Who should be involved?

Anyone involved in the real property and/or building industry will find value in the Council's work and the development of industry standards — and to be successful the Council needs the participation of all industry segments. Property owners, designers, facility managers, government and stakeholder groups will all benefit by participating in the Council.

Why was the NIBS BIM Council established?

There are profound changes coming to the building industry — the effective development of standards and lifecycle modeling will help drive needed efficiency and eliminate waste. The Council was established to develop the standards needed to modernize the industry and to ensure that all industry segments are represented in the process.

How do I join the Council?

Whether you are a student, individual, corporation, organization or agency, you can become a member of the NIBS BIM Council. There are also sponsorship opportunities available. Simply go to the Membership section above, join the Institute online and pay your membership fee.

How do I get involved in a project?

To get involved in a specific project, go to the Committees and Workgroups page and fill out the appropriate application form. Your completed form will be sent to the coordinator of the group in which you have an interest. Be sure to include background about yourself and your interests relevant to the project when filling out the form so that your talents can most effectively be put to work.

Do I have to be a member of the NIBS BIM Council in order to participate on a project team?

Yes, you do. We do need resources to make the NIBS BIM Council work and that is one of the reasons we need you to join INIBS. The good news is that you can participate at a level comfortable to you and your membership dues will be contributing to something worthwhile. The National Institute of Building Sciences is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization and your support is tax deductible.

If I join NIBS BIM Council can I drop participation in other councils?

No, you do not have to, the work being done in other councils is also important and critical. The NIBS BIM Council will have projects that bring together efforts in the individual market segment groups as well as help to fund the extra resources needed to connect to other group efforts, which will ultimately provide the overall interoperability we are seeking.

Where will the money go?

We are very focused on ensuring that the majority of the money raised will go toward products that can help the industry meet our common goals of interoperability.

Who decides where the money will be directed?

The NIBS BIM Council Board of Direction decides. The Board is made up of individuals like yourself.

What is the current relationship between the NIBS BIM Council and the building Smart International (bSI) organization?

The NIBS BIM Council has a long standing relationship with bSI and finds value in aligning its efforts with their work and the work of other industry groups. The NIBS BIM Council is no longer the US Chapter of bSI. Discussions with bSI continue on re-establishing a U.S. Chapter of bSI. The NIBS BIM Council continues to focus on improving standard practices for the AECOO industry as a whole.


Should you have any additional questions about the NIBS BIM Council, please contact:

Roger J. Grant, CSI, CDT
Executive Director, Building Information Management

National Institute of Building Sciences
1090 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-7800

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