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BIMForum supports the US chapter of buildingSMART International and promotes the use of open BIM standards in our industry.

What is “openBIM?”

From buildingSMART International: https://www.buildingsmart.org/standards/

openBIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. openBIM is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

  • openBIM supports a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the software tools they use.
  • openBIM creates a common language for widely referenced processes, allowing industry and government to procure projects with transparent commercial engagement, comparable service evaluation and assured data quality.
  • openBIM provides enduring project data for use throughout the asset life-cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors.
  • Small and large (platform) software vendors can participate and compete on system-independent, ‘best-of-breed’ solutions.
  • openBIM energizes the online product supply side with more exact user demand searches, and delivers the product data directly into the BIM.

OpenBIM is the gateway to completely modernizing our industry with seamless digital exchange of information that is secure and sensitive to the context of each stakeholder in the design, construction and operation of infrastructure and facilities.

Which software supports openBIM? See the list of Certified Software on buildingsmart.org

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