OPEN BIM Network and buildingSMART UK&I Merger

buildignsmartmergerAfter several months of discussions, the OPEN BIM Network and buildingSMART UK&I have officially announced combined operations. These will in particular focus on the development of the close relationship between the OPEN BIM Network and buildingSMART UK&I’s USER GROUP. The group will capitalise on the rising synergy between the activities of the OPEN BIM Network and buildingSMART UK&I.

“Open Standards Principles” are now mandatory across all government bodies. Recently the formation of an Open Standards Board was announced – with a remit to ‘focus on making sure that our open standards meet users’ needs and achieve a level playing field for open source and proprietary software’. It is therefore reasonable to conclude that ‘open standards’ are here to stay and significantly, are being driven by government.

buildingSMART UK&I has reorganised under the management of the BRE, with the aim of increasing its profile as the home of open BIM, to deliver value services to industry and to support the adoption of open standards that are core to the success of open BIM.

The combined membership of the OPEN BIM Network and buildingSMART UK&I, supported by the resources of Constructing Excellence and the BRE, will establish a bigger voice. The support of buildingSMART International, will further enhance its importance.

The harmonisation of open BIM activities will provide a single point of reference and communication.

There will be closer alignment with the UK government and its drive for BIM adoption.

Members will have a stronger voice back to government for open BIM related matters.

Members will have access to higher value services – these may include relevant publications, focused training provision as well as more opportunities for member involvement.

By combining resources of its user groups, a wider range of field activities can be introduced and managed for the benefit of all participants.