NIBS Releases BIM Guide For Facility Owners and Managers

01/11/2017 |

The NBGO provides building owners and facility managers with a documented process and procedure for their design teams to follow to produce a standard set of BIM documents during the design and construction of the facility

The National Institute of Building Sciences has recently unveiled a new set of guidelines to help building owners and facility managers better use building information modeling (BIM). The National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) provides building owners with an approach, from their own profession’s standpoint, to create and fulfill BIM requirements for a typical project.

The National Institute of Building Sciences, with the support of ASHRAE, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and financial support from the U.S. Department of Defense – Defense Health Agency, compiled a carefully balanced, integrated team that has worked for the past year to craft the NBGO. The team developed the Guide under the premise that BIM, in and of itself, is not the end but rather the means to a number of potentially valuable project delivery outcomes for the building owner.

The 36-page NBGO addresses three broad areas the owner should understand in order to work effectively with the Project BIM Team: process; infrastructure and standards; and execution.

The NBGO provides building owners and facility managers with a documented process and procedure for their design teams to follow to produce a standard set of BIM documents during the design and construction of the facility, and for maintenance and operations of the facility upon handoff. Establishing the proper criteria, specifications and expectations in the design and construction process will help owners capture the full value of investing in BIM, while providing a uniform approach for institutional and commercial building owners to achieve consistent BIM requirements for their facilities.

The new guideline, which is based on a number of foreign, federal, state and local BIM guides that already exist, is geared to a generic facility with uniform requirements for use by a variety of government, institutional, and commercial building owners. It references a range of documents and practices, including those contained within the National BIM Standard-United States®.

The National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) gives building owners gives a documented approach complete BIM requirements for a normal project. The NBGO is now available free online.


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