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by Jan Karlshøj last modified Jan 19, 2014 10:10 PM
Statements and Guidelines supporting open standards in the construction industries

BIM Guidelines

An initiative from the buildingSMART/Process room, this project uses a template based on new concepts for categorization of BIM Guideline and related document content in existence around the globe. This is the first project of its kind and, using this comparison and categorization method, is a means to consensus standardization. The new concepts introduced were developed from user experience and the project goal is to achieve an international framework based on these real-world procedures and requirements from industry. Guidelines are for the user and this project sets out to give insight and direction to those needing, using and creating BIM guidelines. Link. 

Governmental Organisations

First amendment to statement of intention to support building information modeling with open standards. Now including support from: Government Construction Contracting Agency, GCCA (IS), Institute for Management and Appraisals of Federal Properties, INDAABIN (MX) and State Real Estate Ltd, SRE (EE). Amendment to support open BIM standards

U.S. General Services Administration, GSA (USA), Statsbygg (NO), Senaatti (FI), Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority, EBST (DK), Rijksgebouwendienst (NL): Statement of Intention to Support Building Information Modeling With Open Standards 

Denmark: Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority; The Digital Construction Initiative

Finland: Finnish state`s property assets management Senate Properties’; BIM requirements 2007

Netherlands: Government Buildings Agency mandates BIM. The Rijksgebouwendienst Building Information Model Standard, shortened to Rgd BIM Standard (Rgd BIM Norm in Dutch), describes the specifications of BIM extracts and accompanying deliverable files. Rgd BIM Standard,  Presentation

Norway: Press Release, Four large Norwegian public building clients and owners, Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (NDEA), Helse Midt-Norge RHF (Central Norway Regional Health Authority), Helse Sør-Øst RHF (South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority), and Statsbygg (Directorate of Public Construction and Property), have established and signed a Joint Statement. This Joint Statement defines requirements for all parties involved in their projects to use software based on open standards by 1 July 2016. This will put pressure on architects, consultants, software vendors and contractors in terms of how they work and what programs they can use.

Norway: Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs; “Open standards, greater efficiency and enhanced environmental awareness are essential components in the development of technology,” Minister of Government Administration and Reform, Heidi Grande Røys.

Norway: BIM-strategy for South‐EasternNorwayRegional Health Authority. Norwegian health organisation, State owned public funded health trusts. Four regional health authoritiescontrols26 hospital trusts.

Norway: Norwegian Home Builder's Association, BIM Manual

Singapore: The Singapore BIM Guide is a reference guide that outlines the roles and responsibilities of project members when using Building Information Modelling (BIM) at different stages of a project. It is used as a reference guide for the development of a BIM Execution Plan, which will be agreed between the Employer and project members, for the successful implementation of a BIM project. BIM Guide

Spain: Valencian Regional Government; DRD 01/06. Formato de Intercambio de datos de la edificació

Sweden: ”Locum will develop building information modelling (BIM) for most of the Stockholm County Council's property portfolio. The goal is to do it within two years. - BIM is an important means for us and care in the process of creating both healing and cost-effective care environments, "said Locum Project Director Stephen Woodbridge. Locum now receive IFC as a complement to the original file formats.”   Press release in Swedish. Paper Guidelines in Swedish.

UK: The Government’s commitment to transparency through world-leading releases of public data is driving economic growth, Francis Maude said today. The Minister for the Cabinet Office confirmed that the Government is giving a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs the opportunity to create new businesses by exploiting large tracts of valuable open data. Statement

USA: U.S. General Services Administration; GSA National 3D-4D-BIM Program statement

USA: The American Institute of Architects; Interoperability Position Statement

USA: Corps of Engineers; A Road Map for Implementation To Support MILCON Transformation and Civil Works Projects within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

USA: Air force Flight Plan; United States Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, “Attachement F” -- Building Information Modeling (BIM) Requirements

USA: Department of Veteran Affairs; The VA BIM Guide

USA: State of Ohio; State of Ohio issues draft Building Information Modeling (BIM) Protocol for review 

USA: State of Minnesota; Minnesota Bill Supports Open Standards

USA: State of Wisconsin; Building Information Modeling(BIM) Guidelines and Standards for Architects and Engineers

USA: National Institute of Building Sciences; BIM Libraries


USA: National Institute of Building Sciences; BIM Execution Guide Version 2.0

US: National BIM Standard-United States™ V2.0,

US: National BIM Standard-United States™, Working area for V3:

Private Building Owners

USA: Smithsonian Institute; Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations, CAD Guidelines 2009

Contractors' Association

International: Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA), an international association of union contractors; SMACNA Policy Statement on Interoperability

Norway: Norwegian Home Builders' Association BIM manual. Making use of information technology to support businesses processes can provide significant and important productivity gains. Through the buildingSMART Project, the Norwegian Homebuilders Association has been involved for many years in the development of open international standards in the field of BIM (Building Information Modelling). We are seeing how new technology and new tools are making it possible to introduce new ways of working. This will contribute to increased value creation and improved abilities to compete. Link to manual.

Software Vendors

UK: Bentley Systems: IFC Position Paper

Finland: Solibri and Tekla; Solibri and Tekla Supporting Open Standards Based BIM Collaboration