Exploring the National BIM Standard

This article explores the National BIM Standard or NBIMS that is still relative new in the AEC industry. It looks at the background of the standard and its development, examines how the NBIMS is related to the IFC effort, and looks at what exactly it contains, how it is situated internationally, and  what it means for the average AEC professional.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/buildingthefuture/2012/NBIMS.html

2 thoughts on “Exploring the National BIM Standard

  1. After reading this article, I found myself asking:
    What is the business case for the NBIMS-US Standard?
    How will it reduce costs through improved interoperability?
    What other standards does it need to succeed (other than IFC definitions)?
    What do industry professionals need to know to make this work?

    Perhaps it is too early to answer these questions, but I would like to see the answers at some point.

  2. Lachmi, you are a gem. Thank you so much for helping us get the word out on NBIMS-US V2. As you can imagine, there are a million things to do on this subject right now and your efforts are so much appreciated. We are really looking for everyone’s support in making this work.

    There are many firms implementing BIM today and their experiences are truly the basis for what will turn out eventually to be tomorrow’s standards. It takes time, we have to experiment, we have to pilot, we have to collaborate, and we all have to agree on the best way to move the facilities industry forward.

    This is not just a design and construction effort. We are going to help facility managers and owners significantly. The savings are going to be in the billions. To answer Paul’s question, we are looking at the value statements of each of the BIM uses and will make those available soon.

    There is a tremendous effort going on as I write these words that will change the way we all do business very soon. I invite your readers to join us for our Annual Meeting in January 2013 to learn more about what is planned for NBIMS-US V3 and what academia is doing to incorporate NBIMS in their curricula. http://www.nibs.org/index.php/conference

    There is, of course, more in NBIMS-US V2 than IFC, there is also COBie and some additional GSA information exchanges as well as several of CSI’s OmniClass tables as well as a rather significant issue related to MEP to support pre-fabrication. The BIM Execution Planning Guide is also an important guideline to help everyone get off on the right foot.

    There is so much yet to do and we have only just scratched the surface.

    I am proposing that NBIMS-US V2 is really a metric of where the industry truly stands with BIM today. Far too much of BIM thus far is pretty graphics and non-interactive effort. BIM is a Team Sport. Truly, you have to be collaborative or it is not really BIM. Information has to flow. In fact, that is the theme of the JBIM for Fall 2012 that will be out in a bit over a month from now.

    We are also seeing COBie starting to take off in a big way internationally (specifically the UK) as it does foster data flow and keeps information in a usable open IFC based format. However, I am concerned when I hear people say they are simplifying COBie, because far too often that means stripping out the links to IFC – that is not a good plan.

    We are just about ready to start the next version of NBIMS-US – Version 3. I encourage the leaders from one end of the facilities industry to the other to get involved. Identify the reference standards that we are going to base our efforts. Identify the business processes that must be re-engineered in order to ensure data flows. Help us identify the guidelines needed to help people get started with BIM so not every company out there needs to re-invent the wheel. There are currently 163 people on the NBIMS-US Project Committee – we need triple that to ensure we are representing the industry. It does not require you to be a technocrat to be involved, mostly people who understand BIM. I know you are out there. We want to see your name on the Committee – http://www.buildingsmartalliance.org/index.php/join/application/

    Again, thank you Lachmi, your efforts are much appreciated.

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