National Building Information Modeling Standard

The National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) Committee is a committee of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Facility Information Council (FIC). The vision for NBIMS is an improved planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance process using a standardized machine-readable information model for each facility, new or old, which contains all appropriate information created or gathered about that facility in a format useable by all throughout its lifecycle. The organization, philosophies, policies, plans, and working methods that comprise the NBIMS Initiative and the products of the Committee will be the National BIM Standard (NBIM Standard), which includes classifications, guides, recommended practices, and specifications.
This publication is the first in a series intended to communicate all aspects of the NBIMS Committee and planned Standard, which will include principles, scope of investigation, organization, operations, development methodologies, and planned products. NBIMS V1-P1 is a guidance document that will be followed by publications containing standard specifications adopted through a consensus process.
Wherever possible, international standards development processes and products, especially the NIBS consensus process, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and International Standards Organization (ISO) efforts will be recognized and incorporated so that NBIMS processes and products can be recognized as part of a unified international solution. Industry organizations working on open standards, such as the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE), have signed the NBIMS Charter in acknowledgement of the shared interests and commitment to creation and dissemination of open, integrated, and internationally recognized standards. Nomenclature specific to North American business practices will be used in the U.S. NBIMS Initiative. Consultations with organizations in other countries have indicated that the U.S.-developed NBIM Standard, once it is localized, will be useful internationally as well. Continued internationalization is considered essential to growth of the U.S. and international building construction industries.

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