buildingSMART alliance GIS/BIM Information Exchange Project

GIS/BIM Information Exchange

ORGANIZATION: buildingSMART Alliance

Lou Bush

Today the BIM and GIS worlds are operating in seemingly separate spheres but each has value to the other if they could exchange data effectively. This project is intended to provide the basis for an information relationship between the two environments and their underlying databases.

  1. This project will help ensure convergence of all spatial information so that it can be usable by any stakeholder in the facility environment. This will eliminate significant amounts of non-value added effort and keep information normalized by storing it in only one location so that it can be sustained, yet accessible to all authorized users.
  2. Spatial awareness is of absolute importance whether you are outside or inside a facility. This project will work with all parties involved to craft a spatial approach which minimized non-value added effort.
  3. Potential workflows that define the roles of BIM and GIS tools within the lifecycle of a facility (or campus) will be developed, and resulting information needs will be described.


GIS and BIM both have very crucial roles to play in the lifecycle of facilities. This project is intended to define best practices for each system and to break down cultural and political barriers that are wasteful in the current environment as well as offsetting potentially damaging approaches in the future.


July 19, 2013

A committee meeting was held on July 19, 2013. The meeting presentation and minutes are available below.

BIM-GIS Committee Presentation

BIM-GIS Committee Minutes

May 13, 2013

Following renewed interest, the BIM-GIS committee was re-started in early 2013. The minutes, presentation, and related documents are below.

May 13, 2013 Minutes

May 13, 2013 Presentation

Summary of Activities Related to Infrastructure Models - Francois Grobler

IFC for Infrastructure Overiew

OpenINFRA Roadmap

Civil and Land Development Summit

December 02, 2011

An Operations subcommittee meeting was held on December 2, 2011. During the meeting an updated version of the draft IDM for BIM-GIS information exchange was discussed. Following this meeting no futher action occurred witin the committee for over a year.

BIGie IDM Draft

August 04, 2011

An Operations subcommittee meeting was held on August 4, 2011. During the meeting a skeleton of an IDM for BIM-GIS information exchange (BIGie) was discussed.

August 04, 2011 Meeting Minutes

BIGie IDM Skeleton Document

May 9, 2011

An Operations subcommittee meeting was held on May 9, 2011. A draft set of Use Cases were discussed as shown in the attached document.

Draft Operations Use Cases

March 25, 2011

A meeting was held on March 25, 2011 to familiarize members of the committee with the IDM process, and to solicit addtional members for the three subcommittees which will each be selecting a use case and preparing IDMs. Dianne Davis provided an excellent presentation on the topic. The minutes from the meeting and the presentation are below.

March 25, 2011 Presentation (Dianne Davis)

March 25, 2011 Minutes

January 13, 2011

A meeting was held on January 13, 2011. The presentation and minutes for the meeting are below:

January 13, 2011 Presentation

January 13, 2011 Meeting Minutes

December 6, 2010

The following presentation was given at the 2010 EcoBuild Conference, as an intoduction to the topic and an update on the work of the BIM-GIS Committee:

Introduction to BIM-GIS Integration

A discussion was held following the presentation, including the following topics:

December 7, 2010 Meeting Minutes

April 29, 2010

Minutes from the April 29 meeting are at: April 29, 2010 Minutes

March 29, 2010

The kickoff meeting for this Project was held by tele and webconference on March 29, 2010. The meeting presentation and minutes are below:

Kickoff Meeting Presentation

Kickoff Meeting Minutes

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