buildingSMART alliance™ 2021 Vision Task Force

In early 2013, buildingSMART Alliance formed the NBIMS-US™ 2021 Vision Task Force (VTF) to focus on defining, predicting, forecasting, and in some cases guessing at what the future of the building industry might hold, and therefore what NBIMS-US needs to look like to support that future. This is a highly strategic effort that will form the basis of a larger effort aimed at developing a comprehensive roadmap for the entire capital facility industry. The importance of these efforts cannot be understated in any context.

The initial effort of the VTF was to request subject matter experts from every corner of our industry to provide short essays about the nature of their role, profession, or industry as it will be in 8-10 years.

We collected close to 40 of these essays (a sampling of which are below), and also spent considerable time researching other references to the future of our industry (conferences, seminars, writings, etc). We then wove all this knowledge together to create a compelling, and tangible vision of how a construction project may be built in the future, including the technologies and processes that would be in common use.

We have produced this vision in two very different and entertaining styles. Choose your preferred style, download and read it now to understand what the future of construction might, just might, look like. Both stories center on construction of a six-story children's medical care facility that opened on May 22, 2021.

Developed by the NBIMS-US™ Vision Task Force 2021. Contact Chris Moor with AISC for more details.


Below are some of the essays submitted for the Vision Task Force 2021 effort. These essays are mostly unedited and unformatted originals of essays submitted by various subject matter experts that went to form the overall vision represented in the publications above. All are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.  Adobe Acrobat PDF

Author / PublicationCompany / OrganizationArea / Title 
Connor ChristianKiewitConstructionView/Download
Connor ChristianMcCarthy BuildersConstructionView/Download
Kevin ConnollyAmerican Institute of ArchitectsThe State of Profession: A Report from The American Institute of ArchitectsView/Download
Birgitta FosterACAI AssociatesFacilities Lifecycle Management and OperationsView/Download
Tom GayFM GlobalReal Property & Development and InsuranceView/Download
John GradyCRBConstructionView/Download
John HalebuildingSMART CanadaFacilities Lifecycle Management and OperationsView/Download
Chris MoorAmerican Institute of Steel ConstructionStructural Steel IndustryView/Download
Jeff OuelletteNemetschek VectorworksBIM IntegrationView/Download
Allan PartridgeCanBIMArchitectureView/Download
Allan PartridgeNext ArchitectureArchitectureView/Download
Greg SchleusnerHOKArchitectureView/Download
Dana 'Deke' SmithNational Institute of Building SciencesStandardsView/Download
Jim Whittaker and Angela Lewis,Facility Engineering AssociatesFacility Management: What the Future May HoldView/Download


Special thanks to the sponsors below for their contributions to the 2021 Vision Task Force.

Vision Task Force Members

The task force was in place for a period of one year starting January 2013, and reporting to the Building Innovation conference a year later in January 2014. See Charter.

Name Organization Role
Connor Christian
Kiewit Corporation SPS Chair/PC Secretary/PLC
Kevin Connolly Connolly Architects Member
Birgitta Foster ACAI Technologies Member
Tom Gay FM Global Member
John Hale National Defense Canada Member
Dennis Hall Hall Architects Member
Angela Lewis Facility Engineering Associates, PC Member
Chris Moor
American Institute of Steel Construction PC Chair/PLC
Jeffrey Ouellette
Nemetschek Vectorworks MES Chair/PC Vice Chair/PLC
Allan Partridge Canadian BIM Council Member
Tom Soles SMACNA Member
Dominique Fernandez National Institute of Building Sciences Staff
Deke Smith National Institute of Building Sciences Staff