By Steve Rizer
“We need to do a lot of work to coordinate the academic community to focus on key aspects of BIM [building information modeling] for all practitioners -- current and future,” buildingSMART alliance Executive Director Dana Smith told ConstructionPro Week upon closure of the National Institute of Building Science’s inaugural Building Innovation Conference last week in Washington, D.C.
This was one of several takeaways from the conference that Smith shared during the interview, which also focused on Version 3 of the National BIM Standard -- United States (NBIMS-US), the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange, and other areas. As for what other steps he believes need to be taken to advance BIM, here is what he recommended:
- “We need more involvement in the NBIMS-US Project Committee to ensure we are representing all practitioners’ needs.”
- “The interfaces between design and construction, construction and fabrication, and construction and facility management are key areas to focus efforts.”
- “We need better tools for measuring success (metrics) that all practitioners can implement. We need to measure the quality of the model, the modeler, and software tools.”
- “We need a feedback method to ensure continuous improvement in the modeling analysis tools to ensure [that a] facility performs the way it is predicted to perform.”
Also included in Part I of ConstructionPro Week's Building Innovation 2013 coverage (ConstructionPro Network member access):
- More Comments from buildingSMART alliance Executive Director Dana Smith
- BIM Use Reaches 'Tipping Point'
- Exhibitor News Briefs Featuring Beck Technology LTD, Autodesk Inc., and Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc.
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