National BIM Standard-United States® V4 Committees

Mission
NBIMS-US V4 Project Committee
NBIMS-US V4 Planning Committee
BIM Use Definition (BUD) Workgroup
BIM Execution Planning (BEP) Workgroup
Core BIM Requirements (CBR) Workgroup
COBIE V3 Workgroup
BIM Information Standards (BIS) Workgroup
Product Data Requirements (PDR) Workgroup

Mission

The mission of the National BIM Standard-United States Project Committee as identified in the Rules of Governance is to lead the development and deployment of broadly adopted national information standards and best practices for the built environment, with a focus on significantly improving project delivery and operational processes.

NBIMS-US V4 Project Committee (PC)

The NBIMS-US Project Committee (National BIM Standard-United States Project Committee), is a project committee of the Building Information Management (BIM) Council which is a council of NIBS. The NBIMS-US Project Committee brings together the broadest and deepest constituency ever assembled for the purpose of establishing and managing through an Industry consensus process a series of open source National standards and guidance for all aspects of Building Information Modeling. The National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) provides consensus based standards through referencing existing standards, documenting information exchanges and delivering best business practices for the entire built environment.

NBIMS-US V3 Planning Committee (PLC)

The National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS) Planning Committee (PLC) administers the affairs and consensus process of the NBIMS-US Project Committee (PC) and Workgroups (WG). The goal of the PLC is to create a collection of standards and guidelines that support the implementation of building information modeling and management in planning, design, construction and operations of buildings and infrastructure in the United States and beyond.

A full update of the NBIMS-US will be published every 3 years following a review of the existing published version and annual interim modules. The key feature of this new 3-year cycle and annual module release process is that modules are developed continually as improvements or new content in the form of individual modules are developed. The PLC will accept proposals, identify priorities, stand up workgroups, ballot candidate modules, and publish approved modules as they become available. A public-facing website will display initiatives are under development and include workgroup work plans, candidate modules, as well as approved and final modules.

Under a newly-reorganized structure, the NBIMS PLC consists of a chair, vice chair, secretary, as well as 12 BIM Council members, representing core segments of the industry. Every PLC member must be a member-in-good-standing of the NIBS BIM Council and the NBIMS-US Project Committee.

Current officers and members of the PLC are as follows:

Name Organization Location Role
John I. Messner, PhD. Department of Architectural Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA Chair
Carrie Sturts Dossick, P.E. University of Washington Seattle, WA Vice Chair
Robert Glover Barton Malow Builders Richmond, VA Secretary
Russell Manning, PhD, LEED AP, CEFP, CRL ICC   NIBS BOD Liaison
Paul Audsley, Assoc. AIA NBBJ Columbus, OH Member
Ivan Jaramillo Autodesk, Inc   Member
Frank Moore Autodesk, Inc. Waltham, MA Member
Edmund Newman GSA Washington, DC Member
Rachel Riopel HDR Minneapolis, MN Member
Andy Smith   Mooresville, NC Member
Van Woods U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle, WA Member

The PLC created the following Workgroups to lead the development of the new NBIMS modules. A description of the focus of each workgroup is available on the following pages:

BIM USE DEFINITION (BUD) WORKGROUP

ChairRalph Kreider
Planning Committee LiaisonJohnny Fortune

The primary focus of this Workgroup (WG) is to identify appropriate BIM Use Definitions and Development Methodology for inclusion in the NBIMS. This includes gathering BIM Uses from existing versions of NBIMS as well as potentially other sources. Each BIM Use should be discussed by the WG and evaluated for any necessary revisions to align with current industry practices. The WG should also engage in sound scholarly research and user interviews or surveys to identify additional BIM Uses that are candidates for inclusion. Additionally, the WG should include a standardized Development Methodology to BIM Uses (such as the approach included NBIMS v3) to provide flexibility of creating custom project-specific BIM Uses that still align with a National Standard. The end state should be one where project stakeholders can pick from a well-developed list of BIM Uses to require them on a project or require a defined process for developing a custom BIM Use. While the BIM Use Definitions are not intended to describe means and methods, all necessary components of the BIM Use should be identified (i.e., prerequisites, input, output, etc.).

Collaboration

This WG is one of several WGs that are focused on topical areas within the NBIMS. All WGs should coordinate any overlapping topics with the leadership of the related WG and the Planning Committee (PLC). Topics outside of the WGs focus area that are discovered during WG activities should be brought to the attention of the PLC for consideration. Additionally, all BIM Uses suggested by other WG must be considered to properly align the various portions of NBIMS. The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities but rather a starting point.

Scope

Coming soon.

Overall Schedule

Coming soon.

Deliverable

Coming soon.

Proposed Required Resources

The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BIM Use Definitions for NBIMS. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., NIBS conference. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.

BIM EXECUTION PLANNING (BEP) WORKGROUP

ChairDianne Davis
Planning Committee LiaisonJohn Messner

The BIM Project Execution Planning Guide (BEP Guide) and corresponding templates included in NBIMS were initially developed in October 2009. The BEP Guide outlines a structured approach for a project team to develop a BEP through a collaborative process leveraging a consistent template for BEP content. In 2012, Version 2.1 of the BEP Guide and Templates were released, and they are incorporated into the NBIMS-US.

While the BEP Guide and Template have been instrumental in driving consistency in the planning process, many large owners and project teams have been improving upon the initial versions of the BEP Guide and Template. There is a need to collect, evaluate, and compile core revisions to the documents that leverage the best content revisions through a structured evaluation.

The goal of this WG is to develop a comprehensive BEP Guide and Templates that can be used as a standard deliverable, with structured extensions or customizations by owners and other project team members if needed.

Collaboration

This WG is one of several WGs that are focused on topical areas within the NBIMS. All WGs should coordinate any overlapping topics with the leadership of the related WG and the Planning Committee (PLC). Topics outside of the WGs focus area that are discovered during WG activities should be brought to the attention of the PLC for consideration. Additionally, the BEP procedure managed within this WG will need to be aligned with other WG content related to BEP within various portions of NBIMS. The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities but rather a starting point.

Scope

To meet the goal, the WG will focus on:

  1. Collecting and developing a content analysis of BEP template examples from a variety of owners and other project team members;
  2. Developing a revised BEP Guide and Template that incorporates core improvements; and
  3. Developing a BEP information exchange that captures the content for a standard BEP within a digital exchange to enable team members to build and easily transfer information regarding BEPs.

Overall Schedule

Coming Soon.

Deliverables

  • BIM Project Execution Planning Guide online document
  • BIM Project Execution Planning Template in digital format
  • BIM Project Execution Planning Information Exchange Definition

Proposed Required Resources

The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BEP resources for NBIMS 2020/2021. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., NIBS conference. The development of an updated BEP Guide and templates will require time from a subject matter expert and research into the current BEP best practices, BEP template content analysis, and BEP information exchange definition. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.

CORE BIM REQUIREMENTS (CBR) WORKGROUP

ChairConnor Christian
Planning Committee LiaisonCarrie Sturts Dossick

The primary focus of this Workgroup (WG) is to define the scope and content for minimum core BIM implementation on a project. This candidate module is intended as a standard to define the minimum requirements for a BIM-enabled project that refers to other comprehensive modules such as Industry Foundation Classes, COBie, BIM Use Definitions, BIM Execution Planning and Modeling Requirements.

Motivation

This module will support industry implementation of BIM through the definition of minimum requirements. The NBIMS content, such as IFC, often focuses on comprehensive definitions without guidelines or requirements as to how to implement these definitions and standards. The Minimum core BIM requirements module would reference these other standards and provide a guide for minimum viable application of these for a BIM-enabled project.

Collaboration

This WG is one of several WGs that are focused on topical areas within the NBIMS. All WGs should coordinate any overlapping topics with the leadership of the related WG and the Planning Committee (PLC). Topics outside of the WGs focus area that are discovered during WG activities should be brought to the attention of the PLC for consideration. As other modules of the standard are revised, this minimum core BIM module must be reviewed for agreement and compliance with referenced modules. The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities but rather a starting point.

Scope

This candidate module focuses on the project requirements for minimum BIM scope that defines the basic BIM requirements. To this end, the Workgroup with the support of subject matter experts will review existing standards (national, international, state, local) that define BIM project requirements and develop an interim report to support the development of this minimum BIM requirements language. Where possible, this candidate module will refer to other NBIMS modules (e.g. BIM Uses, Modeling Requirements such as LOD and M3, BIM Execution Planning, COBie, and IFC). This Workgroup will then develop the candidate module language for ballot.

Overall Schedule with Milestones

Milestone Schedule
Form Workgroup 3 months
Develop WG Work Plan 3 months
Hire subject matter expert 2 months
Conduct Best Practice review with Interim Report 1 6 months
Develop candidate module draft language 3 months
Refine and revise candidate module for ballot 3 months
Ballot candidate module PLC 2 months
Ballot candidate module PC 2 months

Deliverable

The end state will be a well-developed minimum core BIM candidate module that define the requirements for a minimal viable BIM-enabled project. The candidate module will be balloted for review, comment and approval of the NBIMS-US Project Committee.

Proposed Required Resources

This module is new content for the standard and arguably the heart of the NBIMS. We recommend a kick-off face-to-face meeting for the Workgroup to launch the effort, with monthly virtual meetings subsequently. We also recommend NIBS enlist subject matter experts to conduct research on the best practices already developed in the market place (interim report 1] and draft NBIMS standard language for this candidate module for review and revision by the WG volunteer members. We understand that generally NIBS staff cannot support all the online meetings.

COBIE V3 WORKGROUP

Co-Chairs: Brian Haines & TJ Meehan
Planning Committee Liaison: John Messner

The mission of the NIBS Building Information Management (BIM) Council Construction-to-Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) Workgroup (CWG) is to exercise stewardship of the Construction‐to‐Operations Information Exchange Model View Definition (MVD) and data schema. The Workgroup fulfills this mission in three ways:

  • Ongoing technical development of COBie to meet AECOO industry needs;
  • Supporting the process of incorporating successive versions of COBie in the National BIM Standard – United States® (NBIMS-US™);
  • Promoting the adoption and implementation of COBie by the building industry

The CWG will develop and maintain an annual operational plan which outlines the activities and specific projects to be pursued within the next year to include quarterly milestones with deliverables along with any resources required to achieve the CWG goals.

PROJECT UPDATE

COBie version 3 is the latest version of the standard and will become a part of NBIMS-US v4 in 2022 Read more

Members

Name Organization Role
Brodt, William National Aeronautics and Space Administration Member
Carrasquillo, Mariangelica U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Engineering and Construction
Member
Chobot, Marty Invicara Pte Ltd Member
Dalbert, Thomas Onuma, Inc. Alternate
Gran, Danielle Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. Member
Gude, Ortez Corvado Member
Jaramillo, Ivan Autodesk, Inc. Alternate
Joels, Kerry   Member
Kim , Yong Ku Onuma, Inc. Alternate
Mencarini, Robert Building Informatics Alternate
Mies, Chuck Autodesk, Inc. Alternate
Moore, Frank Autodesk, Inc. Alternate
Nisbet, Nicholas buildingSMART UK Member
Onuma, Kimon Onuma, Inc. Member
Peterson, Brad ARCHIBUS, Inc. Member
Powell, Ross TMA Systems Member
Shirey, Don Bentley Systems, Inc. Alternate
Smith, Andy   Member
Starkov, Igor EcoDomus Member
Stefanidakis Sr., Nick ARCHIBUS, Inc. Alternate
Sullivan, John Autodesk, Inc. Member
Tardif, Michael Building Informatics Member
Taylor, Reginald NIH Member
Tobias, Brandon NAVFAC Alternate
Wang, Grace Google Member
Watson, James   Member
Whittaker, Jim Facility Engineering Associated, PC Member
Willette, Michael ARCHIBUS, Inc. Alternate
Wood, Doug IBM Member

Standard Resources

Additional Resources

BIM INFORMATION STANDARDS (BIS) WORKGROUP

Chair: Aaron Costin
Planning Committee LiaisonAndy Smith

The focus of this Workgroup (WG) is to:

  1. Define an information exchange framework to standardize the capture of business requirements, data structure and software implementation for BIM use cases
  2. Participate with the other NBIMS-US workgroups to provide guidance for the development of information exchanges
  3. Research other industry initiatives for information exchanges to leverage existing capabilities in an effort not to create competing exchanges

Definitions

Information Exchange (IE) – is the act of transferring structured data from one machine, the sender, to another machine, the receiver.

Structured data – are facts organized and recorded in a scheme that is interpretable and consumable by a machine.

Motivation

The business need for an information exchange standard is critical to the success of the US-NBIMS. Without information exchanges the rhetoric of the possibilities of building information modeling (BIM) is only academic. For the value of BIM to be recognized information exchanges must be executable within the project delivery contractual process. Information exchanges must be implementable by machines, well documented, trust-worthy, and add business value.

Collaboration

This Workgroup is a consultant to all other US-NBIMS Workgroups in that this Group will not initiate the need for an information exchange but will assist with executing the idea. This Workgroup should be an advisor as to the technical possibility and practicality of a successful information exchange.

Audience

The work product of this Workgroup will provide guidance and instruction for software developer to implement the information exchange.

Scope

Coming soon.

Overall Schedule with Milestones

Milestone Schedule
Form Workgroup
  1. Recruit member
  2. Outline responsibilities
  3. Seek commitment from members
3 months
Develop Work Plan
  1. Deliverables
  2. Resources
  3. Schedule
  4. Budget
3 months
Socialize and Seek Agreement
  1. Information exchange minimal viable definitions
  2. Procedures for submittal, review and approval
  3. Publication of work efforts
6 months
Collaboration
  1. Structured plan for working with other Workgroups
  2. Status report of work and outcomes to the Planning Committee
On-going

Deliverable

The deliverable from this Workgroup will be:

  1. A method for defining an "information exchanges" (IE) that is based on "structured data" that will enable the US-NBIMS.
  2. Procedures and policies for submitting for comment, the inclusion of edits and amendments, and consensus agreement for an information exchange definition.
  3. A Work Group of diverse industry knowledgeable professionals to motivate and create activity to create information standards to enable the US-NBIMS.

Proposed Required Resources

The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BIM Use Definitions for NBIMS. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., NIBS conference. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.

PRODUCT DATA REQUIREMENTS (PDR) WORKGROUP

Co-Chairs: William Brodt and TBD
Planning Committee Liaison: TBD

The mission of the NIBS Building Information Management (BIM) Council Product Data Requirements Workgroup (WG) is to define the desired product performance and sustainability data elements, the schema for product-specific attributes extending the Construction‐to‐Operations Information Exchange Model View Definition (MVD), and data schema into performance and sustainability data required for product selection, commissioning, maintenance, and operations.

Collaboration

This WG is one of several WGs that are focused on topical areas within the NBIMS. All WGs should coordinate any overlapping topics with the leadership of the related WG and the Planning Committee (PLC). Topics outside of the WGs focus area that is discovered during WG activities should be brought to the attention of the PLC for consideration. Additionally, the BIM product data schema, template, and MVD generated by this WG must be considered to properly align the various portions of NBIMS.

Scope

The Workgroup fulfills this mission in multiple ways:

  • Development of product-specific data tables to meet owner needs for product selection, commissioning, maintenance, and operations.
  • Promote the adoption and implementation of standard data tables by product manufacturers, product vendors, designers, constructors, owners, and software firms supporting the building industry.
  • Support the process of incorporating product data tables into the National BIM Standard – United States® (NBIMS-US™) and coordinating with the standards of buildingSMART International.
  • Supporting research validating the benefits of using the standard data and schema.

Overall Schedule

TBD

deliverables

The WG will develop and maintain an annual operational plan which outlines the activities and specific projects to be pursued within the next year including periodic milestones with deliverables along with any resources required to achieve the WG goals. Some specific deliverables will include:

  • BIM product data schema
  • Product MVD for product selection, commissioning, maintenance, and operations.
  • An integrated product dataset (TBD)

Proposed Required Resources

The WG is dependent upon the voluntary efforts of its members to develop product-specific data tables, especially for products that do not have a well-established history of requirements. Industry participation is especially important because of the increasing data requirements to support sustainable product selection and total cost of ownership requirements. The WG will meet on a monthly basis at a minimum to make progress toward developing the BPD resources for NBIMS 2022/2023. These meetings will be virtual meetings unless there are events with multiple WG members attending to allow for face-to-face meetings, e.g., the NIBS conference. The development of a BPD will require time from a subject matter expert and research into the current BPD database, existing BPD template, and MVD. The content development will require time from a graphic designer and resources to host content online.