Establishing Infrastructure to Make BIM Possible

Deke Smith, National Institute of Building Sciences

E-mail, Internet, DVDs, CDs, and cell phones all have something in common—open standards. Building information modeling (BIM) also needs open standards and buildingSMART Alliance™, the North American Chapter of the 53-country coalition buildingSMART International, is bringing you the much-needed international and national standards for BIM. These standards will allow the building industry to communicate, collaborate, and profoundly change the way we do business, which will reduce the significant time we currently waste recollecting data. Through BIM, we will turn data into information, knowledge, and wisdom and transform our industry into the information age. The laboratory community can greatly benefit from this business transformation as long as it is positioned correctly to take advantage of the opportunity.


Acclaimed author, lecturer, and presenter Deke Smith, FAIA, is the executive director of the buildingSMART alliance a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the North American Chapter of buildingSMART International, a consortium of 53 countries. He is also on the executive committee of buildingSMART International which affords him full view of the industries business transformation. BuildingSMART is focused on improving construction productivity through developing and promoting open standards supporting interoperability and improved decision making using BIM, which can eliminate significant non-value added effort or waste throughout the facilities industry. He is a co-author of "Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide," published in 2009 by Wiley and now the go-to source for strategic thinking in the industry.