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by Jan Karlshøj last modified May 18, 2014 02:40 PM
The Process Room within buildingSMART International supports professionals in the construction industry who are using digital information, prototypes and models to support the planning, design, construction, occupation, and maintenance of facilities. buildingSMART is offering the Process Room along with its counterpart, the Product Room, to help organizations profit from workflows that integrate with the building information modelling (BIM) concept.

Presentations from the Process Room meeting in Stockholm 18 March 2014

Presentations from the Process Room meeting in Munich 8 and 9 October 2013

Presentations from the Process Room meeting in Waltham 13 and 14 March 2013

Presentations from the Process Room meeting in Tokyo 16 October 2012

Presentations from the Process Room Workshop in Oslo 21 March 2012

Presentations from the Process Room Workshop in Oslo 20 March 2012

A key element in the Process Room is the use of the BIM concept. buildingSMART is concentrating its efforts on implementing the BIM concept by the use of open data standards, called openBIM, in contrast to using proprietary data formats during information exchange. buildingSMART sees the need to integrate business processes and technology in order to obtain the full potential from this concept.

BIM is increasingly being used to optimize facility configuration, costs, energy consumption, constructability, environmental impact, maintenance, and operations management. buildingSMART is concentrating its efforts on implementing BIM through the use of open data standards, known generally as openBIM, contrasted with the currently common use of proprietary data formats during information exchange. buildingSMART sees the need to fully integrate business processes, the data they create and consume, and technology in order to obtain the full potential of BIM.

The increasing adoption of building information models in the industry has been largely inconsistent and with varying results. It has been demonstrated in case studies and research projects that the full potential of BIM can only be achieved when process, content, technology, and management are involved in updating the BIM paradigm. Successful implementation of BIM must include all of the following: BIM strategy supported by top management, the willingness and ability to share model-based information, BIM-supported processes with accompanying BIM-manuals and agreements, exchange-enabled BIM tools, virtual building component and reference data, and skilled employees. Less than successful implementations are generally missing one or more of these ingredients.


BIM can be used by and benefit individual organizations but the greatest benefits are achieved when different organizations integrate their processes, procedures, and data to benefit from the use of shared digital models and the exchange of model-based information.

The Process Room supports:

  • Development of strategies for different actors in the construction industry based on openBIM
  • Identifying information needs in order to create Information Delivery Manuals
  • Access to a library of BIM support workflows
  • Networking opportunities between organizations sharing a vision of a more efficient, productive and sustainable industry
  • Meeting of companies across disciplines and borders
  • Assistance in forming and supporting projects that involve the development of both processes and tools
  • Sharing and creating BIM manuals
  • Sharing and creating Information Delivery Manuals
  • Certification of professionals and students
  • Developing requirements to tools providers, such as software vendors and developers

 The Process Room makes a distinction between short-term development tracks, where existing software products supporting open standards can be used, and full development projects where processes, tools and standards have to be extended or developed from scratch.

The Process Room will coordinate the development of training material that authorized organizations worldwide can use in the education and training of users. The buildingSMART Process Room will, through third parties, establish a certification program for students and professionals.

In pursuit of these goals, the buildingSMART Process Room will arrange biannual international workshops where professionals can meet, share experiences, create networks, and identify areas that need development. Through the Process Room buildingSMART can participate in the development of projects in order to extend existing standards, specify best practices, and assist organizations in transforming needs into useful implemented solutions.

Jan Karlshøj
Process Room, project leader
jan.karlshoej(at)gravicon.dk

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