January 2014 Challenge puts Newest BIM Information Exchange Standards to the Test


Get a first-hand look at the newest building information modeling (BIM) information exchange standards being balloted in the National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) at this all-day Information Exchange (IE) Working Group Meeting. The buildingSMART alliance Challenge will be held Tuesday, January 7, 8:00 am – 5:15 pm, during Building Innovation 2014: the National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo.

The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa), in conjunction with the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee, spearheads the IE Working Group. This meeting, which is free and open to the public, is where participants will present the latest progress and the Working Group will set the course of information exchange development for the year.

Information exchange standards developed by the bSa and other buildingSMART International chapters around the globe are intended to streamline the delivery of building information through the life of capital projects. The current standards include: Building Programming information exchange (BPie) for Architectural Programming; Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) for Architectural Design; COBie for Architectural and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Design; Specifiers Properties information exchange (SPie) for Architectural Design and MEP Design; Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning information exchange (HVACie) at Coordinated Design; Water System information exchange (WSie) at Coordinated Design; and Electrical System information exchange (Sparkie) at Coordinated Design. The bSa Challenge events, which are held once a year, allow software companies to demonstrate the ability of their products to meet these standards.

The mantra "data must match deliverables" is the fundamental quality standard of bSa Challenge events. The Challenge criteria require each company to use its software to either produce or consume the provided “test” data, and then output the resulting content in a format equivalent to what would be required in standard contract documents.

Each software company undergoes an independent quality control and/or quality assurance process to verify compliance. Software vendors are required to demonstrate their products and provide configuration instructions to allow their users to repeat the process on their own projects. Attendees will be there to witness the live demonstrations as 10 different software vendors put their products to the test.

Register to Attend

To see the testing of information exchange standards in action, don’t miss the January 2014 buildingSMART alliance Challenge!

Register now to attend Building Innovation 2014 and the buildingSMART alliance Challenge and save. Online registration rates end 12/31/13.

To attend only the Information Exchange (IE) Working Group Meeting/January 2014 buildingSMART alliance Challenge, or any other free meetings held by the Institute’s councils and committees, select from the Meetings Only registration options: event tickets 5A or 5B.


About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

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