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Volunteers Wanted for U.S. BIM Standard Subcommittees
Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM.

Calling all building industry professionals with an interest in BIM!


The National Institute of Building Sciences’ buildingSMART alliance, developer of the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US), is looking for volunteers to get involved in the development of the NBIMS-US Version 3.


BIM (building information modeling) is a shared resource of knowledge about a facility that can be used to make decisions about a building through its life cycle — from the initial idea to design and construction to daily operations and eventual demolition. Because BIM covers all aspects of the building process, everyone in the construction industry will be impacted as its use becomes standard operating procedure. Therefore, it is important that representatives from every segment of the industry participate in development of the new standard.


“Developing the National BIM Standard-United States is a monumental effort that will change the way our industry operates,” said NBIMS-US Project Committee Chair Chris Moor, also AISC’s director of industry initiatives. “Volunteers have the opportunity to use their expertise to ensure NBIMS addresses their specific areas of focus, which means they can have an impact on the acceptance and usability of BIM within the life cycle of a building. Their involvement is crucial to our momentum.”


The NBIMS Project Committee is looking for volunteers to sit on the following Subcommittees and Workgroups:




  • Product Development Subcommittee (PDS): Develops the means and methods of proactively seeking, collecting, monitoring, developing and balloting any existing (and ongoing) industry initiatives and projects that may result in future NBIMS-US content.
  • Technical Subcommittee (TS): Ensures the technical accuracy and consistency of all information exchange (“technical” and “reference”) ballots and NBIMS-US content, as guided by the buildingSMART International (bSI) best practice documentation and specifications.
  • Terminology Subcommittee (TGS): Develops and maintains a set of terminology definitions and polices their use throughout NBIMS-US ballots and content.
  • Implementation Subcommittee (IS): Develops and maintains the overall style and content structure of NBIMS-US, and develops and manages a “ballot to content” process that streamlines production of the end product.
  • Standard Practice Subcommittee (SPS): Develops, manages, maintains and evolves the “best practices” aspect of NBIMS-US (ballots and content).
  • Market Education Subcommittee (MES): Actively promotes NBIMS-US and educates the market about the overall effort and product.




  • Ballot Review Workgroups (WG): Review and vet the ballots in preparation for commenting and voting by the membership. The exact number of workgroups will be established as the ballot submission period approaches, based on the estimated workload. Currently, six groups are expected.


NBIMS-US is a consensus document that serves to standardize the way practitioners use BIM to more easily pass information from one phase of the building process to another. The NBIMS-US Project Committee oversees the standard’s development.


To learn more about the NBIMS-US, view the volunteer requirements and fill out the online application form, visit
. Applications are due by December 31, 2012.

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