I2SL Workshop: Building with BIM

A wealth of largely untapped building information is now available to facility managers. The challenge is in navigating that information and knowing how best to use it. Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides a starting point for meeting these challenges. 

For years, Labs21 audiences have discussed how BIM is transforming how high-technology facilities are designed and built. In December 2007, the buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa™) released the first version of the National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™), which primarily outlined how standards would be developed, as there was little standardization at that time. In May 2012, bSa released Version 2, which was the first consensus-based NBIMS-US. This standard was released to begin providing the entire facilities industry with a common approach to creating an optimized high-performance building. Version 3 of NBIMS-US is now underway and in need of input from the high-tech facility community to ensure the information will be beneficial.

During this workshop, participants will get an introduction to the latest NBIMS-US from the father of the concept. After getting an overview of the standards that specifically affect the laboratory and high-tech building industry, participants will have the opportunity to suggest improvements to the standards to be considered for Version 3. The importance of these standards cannot be understated, as the NBIMS-US is providing the basis for countries around the world to adopt as their own BIM standard.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get an inside look at the latest BIM standards and lend your voice to the future of consensus-based standards for the high-tech building industry.

I2SL wishes to acknowledge the buildingSMART alliance for developing and offering this workshop.


Deke Smith is the executive director for the Building Seismic Safety Council and the buildingSMART alliance at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Mr. Smith was instrumental in the beginnings of the NIBS Construction Criteria Base, now the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). He initiated both the National Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Standard and the National BIM Standard.

Mr. Smith retired in December 2006 after 30 years as a designer and director with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, deputy chief information officer at the Army Research Laboratory, and Chief Architect for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment in supporting the U.S. Department of Defense's 540,000 facilities. After 22 years as a volunteer, he joined the staff of the Institute as an employee in early 2007. Mr. Smith won the 1996 Federal 100 award, 1997 NIBS Member Award, and the 2006 CAD Society Leadership award, and in 2010 he was selected as one of the InfoComm 100. Deke is a 1973 graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has done post-graduate work at the National Defense University. He is a registered architect in the state of Virginia and a fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He is coauthor of "Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide" published in 2009 by Wiley.

Birgitta Foster, BSME, MBA, formally facilities BIM champion for Sandia National Labs, is a leading authority and presenter on BIM for owners. With a focus on uses of BIM beyond construction, Ms. Foster has become increasingly aware of how BIM can help owners with post-construction activities such as operations and maintenance, space planning, and asset management. Since receiving her BSME from the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Foster's career has encompassed working for an equipment manufacturer, engineering/construction firm, assembler/fabricator, general contractor, and for an owner. It was during her time in Facilities when Ms. Foster began to focus on BIM for facility management, and still continues to do so today. Recently, Ms. Foster became the assisting director for the buildingSMART alliance (bSa), bringing the owner perspective and visions to the organization.


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