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Approval of IDM

by Jan Karlshøj last modified Sep 12, 2011 05:21 PM
Procedure for approval of official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manuals

Procedure for initiating and approving Information Delivery Manuals

Developing of Information Delivery Manuals for specific exchange scenarios can be de-veloped by the use of the instruction prepared by buildingSMART known as the IDM Methodology.
A specific version of the buildingSMART IDM methodology has been submitted to ISO and published as ISO Standard 29481-1:2010 “Building information modelling - Information delivery manual - Part 1: Methodology and format”.

Stage 1: Initiating development of Information Delivery Manuals

To become a candidate for an official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manual (IDM) the following steps should be followed:

  1. Identify the scope of the IDM, stakeholders and if an existing IDM can be used instead of developing a new one.
  2. Develop the IDM based on the actual IDM development methodology specified by buildingSMART.
  3. Decide which level the IDM is aiming to reach
    1. Cluster
    2. National
    3. Multinational
    4. International
  4. Form a team with representations from organisations according to the following rules
    1. Cluster: A minimum of 5 organisations must be active in the development, and the scope of the IDM should be accepted by the national buildingSMART Chapter or Region. In case of an IDM being developed in countries without the presence of buildingSMART Chapter the IDM will be evaluated by a chapter identified by the International IDM Coordinator.
    2. National: A minimum of 5 organisations should be active in the development, and the scope of the IDM should be accepted by the national buildingSMART Chapter or Region and 20 relevant organisations that are approved by the buildingSMART Chapter or Region. In case of an IDM being developed in countries without the presence of buildingSMART a Chapter the IDM will be evaluated by a chapter identified by the International IDM Coordinator.
    3. Multinational: A minimum of 10 organisations should be active in the development, and the scope of the IDM should be accepted by the 3 buildingSMART Chapters or Regions.
    4. International: A minimum of 10 organisations should be active in the development, and the scope of the IDM should be accepted by the 5 buildingSMART Chapters or Regions.
  5. Evaluation by buildingSMART
    1. The evaluation of the proposed IDM carried out by one or more buildingSMART Chapters or Regions must include a thorough analysis of existing IDM to insure that there is real need for a new IDM.
    2. The team should be informed if the scope is beyond the scope of the existing IFC specification and thus delay or prevent the IDM from being implemented in software solutions.

It should be noted that an Information Delivery Manual is a specification that may require:

  • Extensions, modifications or configurations of existing software tools
  • Extension of the IFC specifications or other standards or components like IFD
  • New software certification

in order to support use of the proposed IDM in practice. These aspects must be taken seriously into account since fulfilling these requirements can be time consuming and costly and will require support from many stakeholders.

This stage can be compared to ISO stage 1: Proposal Stage in developing of ISO standards.

Stage 2: Developing Information Delivery Manuals

The team and their cooperating parties should develop the IDM according to the methodology specified by buildingSMART. It will be sensible to consider whether the IDM should be limited to the use of items that are available in the IFC specifications and that have been implemented in existing software tools. Likewise it will be appropriate to invite people outside the development team to review the material.

This stage can be compared to ISO stage 2: Preparatory stage in development of ISO standards.

Stage 3: Seeking official status as a buildingSMART Information Delivery Manual

The proposed Information Delivery Manual should be submitted to the International IDM Coordinator that will make the material available for all buildingSMART members. A proposal for Cluster IDM must include a summary and exchange requirements in English.
All other IDMs must be submitted in English.

The development team must reply timely to requests made by buildingSMART.

This stage can be compared to ISO stage 3: Committee stage in development of ISO standards.

Stage 4: Preparation to becoming an official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manual

The draft of the proposed Information Delivery Manual is submitted to buildingSMART for thorough international review by buildingSMART. This stage is only necessary for Multinational and International Information Delivery Manuals.

The development team must reply timely to requests made by buildingSMART.

This stage can be compared to ISO stage 4: Enquiry stage in development of ISO standards.

Stage 5: Approval as an official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manual

The final draft of the Information Delivery Manual will be reviewed by buildingSMART and will be accepted as an official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manual, or returned to the team for revision.

This stage can be compared to ISO stage 5: Approval stage in development of ISO standards.

Stage 6: Publishing official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manual

After acceptance as an official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manual at Cluster, National, Multinational or International level the Information Delivery Manual will be published at the buildingSMART Web site.

This stage can be compared to ISO stage 6: Publication stage in development of ISO standards.

Non-buildingSMART Information Delivery Manuals

The Information Delivery Manual development Methodology is freely available and a specific version of the methodology has been submitted as an ISO standard. It is therefore possible for anybody to develop Information Delivery Manuals and buildingSMART encourages everybody to use the method if appropriate.

It will only be possible to use the official buildingSMART label if the development of the Information Delivery Manual has used the official buildingSMART development methodology and the procedures specified above. All official buildingSMART Information Delivery Manuals are publically available at the official buildingSMART Web site.

BuildingSMART can solely decide whether non-buildingSMART Information Delivery Manuals will be published or linked from the official buildingSMART Web site.