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First U.S. Consensus BIM Standard now Available
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM.


Last week the buildingSMART alliance, a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences and the North American chapter of buildingSMART International, released the first consensus-based standard for building information modeling (BIM) in the U.S. The new standard, National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US) Version 2 (V2), aims to identify a process for the full life cycle of buildings, including planning, design and construction and operations and sustainment.


Those involved in all sectors of the facilities industry were able to contribute to the development of the new standard by submitting ballots under three main categories: reference standards, information exchange standards and best practice guidelines that support users in their implementation of open BIM standards-based deliverables. Members of the NBIMS-US Project Committee then voted on the ballots.


AISC has been heavily involved in the development of NBIMS-US, serving on the Board of
Direction for the buildingSMART alliance and also on the project committee for the


The previous version of the national BIM standard, released in 2007, established the approach for developing open BIM standards. Written by a team of 30 subject matter experts, the standard followed an open process — but was not a consensus-based standard.


The new standard serves as a basis for other countries to adopt unified BIM standards and provide content for future versions. Rollout of the standard will extend to Australia, Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand and the U.K.


To learn more about the new standard and download the document at no charge, go to

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