National BIM Standard Released

04/01/2008 |

The document includes contributions by more than 30 subject-matter experts in the facilities industry and contains new and expanded information about the NBIMS production and use process

The National BIM Standard Version 1 - Part 1: Overview, Principles, and Methodologies, or NBIMS, has been released by the Washington, D.C.-based National Institute of Building Sciences' (NIBS) Facility Information Council (FIC). The document includes contributions by more than 30 subject-matter experts in the facilities industry and contains new and expanded information about the NBIMS production and use process.

BIM (Building Information Modeling) refers to the use of the concepts and practices of open and interoperable information exchanges, emerging technologies, new business structures, and influencing the re-engineering of processes in ways that dramatically reduce multiple forms of waste in the building industry. NBIMS is a key element of the overall industry transformation and establishes standard definitions for building information exchanges. The new standard is also intended to help participants in facilities-related processes achieve more reliable outcomes from commercial agreements.

"We have the opportunity to offer higher-performing buildings to owners and users," says David A. Harris, president at NIBS. "This will allow our moving beyond the non-codified performance measures that have to a large extent depended on manufacturers' claims and warrantees that address building performance in many different and typically non-standardized ways. In the future, through the use of BIM, we will greatly increase our ability to analyze the life-cycle value of many more design alternatives and options, far better manage costs, and virtually eliminate much of the waste, errors, and inefficiencies inherent in today's facility delivery process."

The standard can be downloaded for no cost at (www.facilityinformationcouncil.org/bim/publications.php).


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