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What is openBIM ?

A universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) buildingSMART is the sharing of information between the project, design, procurement, maintenance and operations teams

What's in it for me?

Benefits include New Markets, Scale Benefits, Improved Performance and Industry Development. Specific benefits to building owners and operators, product manufacturers and others.

Our Standards

buildingSMART aim to promote increasing international consensus on specific standards to accelerate implementation and uptake for mutual benefit. For a list of published international standards. 

Why buildingSMART?

Significant improvements in cost, value and environmental performance can be achieved. 

Data Dictionary

The buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) is a library of objects and their attributes. It’s used to identify objects in the built environment and their specific properties regardless of language

Compliant Software

All software successfully tested for compliance with buildingSMART Standards.

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Latest News

IFC4 Software Certification Delivers Next Major Milestone

London, (June 12, 2019) – buildingSMART International announces the approved IFC4 Reference View 1.2 Export Certification (Architectural Reference Exchange) for software ...
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IFC Rail

“IFC Rail” – The International Standard Progress Report

In 2018, buildingSMART International supported the proposal and initiation of the single largest project in its history. The “IFC Rail” ...
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IFC4 Software Certification Delivers First Milestone

London, (April 25, 2019) – buildingSMART International announces the first approved IFC4 Reference View 1.2 Export Certification (Architectural Reference Exchange) ...
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buildingSMART International Standards Summit Dusseldorf

The buildingSMART International Standards Summit and German User Day Exceeds 1,000 Attendees The buildingSMART International Standards Summit and German User ...
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