Collaboration between UK and US on US BIM standards
Organisations from the UK and USA have pledged to work together on the development of US building information management (BIM) standards.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been announced between representatives from the two countries. The MoU will see the US National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) work with experts from the UK’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) on the development of a national BIM programme for the US in support of international alignment on technical standards for the built environment.
The US-UK collaboration has been enabled by the UK’s Construction Innovation Hub, which brings together expertise from BRE, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB).
NIBS will work with CDBB to adapt the UK programme model and materials as a guide to developing a US national roadmap aligned with the international standard for BIM, ISO19650. The MoU will also support and encourage the public and private sector in both countries to learn from each other and exchange of best practice with the aim of creating benefits to both economies and growing trade opportunities by increasing the sector’s productivity and performance.
The US National BIM Program is intended to foster a productive and more collaborative international digital construction sector for the public good, facilitating innovation to drive increased value and be an engine for long-term sustainable growth.