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Business Gain through Open Technology Award initiated by buildingSMART International


The award, entitled Business Gain through Open Technology, will be made to the construction project that most clearly demonstrates effective and inspirational use of open standards. Anyone working in the AEC industry can submit a project – they don’t have to be a member of buildingSMART. But any project entered for the award must use one or more of the buildingSMART tools and solutions: IFC, bSDD, IDM, MVD or BCF.

The entries will be judged by an international jury drawn from buildingSMART chapters around the world. From a shortlist of ten finalists, a winner will be selected and an announcement made during the buildingSMART week in Toronto in October.

The competition is intended to highlight the business value of open technology that is already being achieved and spread good practice by example. The ten finalists will be given positive publicity across the buildingSMART community and beyond, enhancing corporate reputation. For buildingSMART, this is an opportunity to increase uptake of bS standards.

‘We hope that the award will raise the profile of the buildingSMART-style projects that are being executed, to the benefit of the entrants,’ says Jan Karlshøj, a member of a bSI panel that is co-ordinating work on the award. ‘At the same time, the award scheme will allow us to share best practice on how to adopt the buildingSMART deliverables and stimulate the use of open BIM.’

Patrick MacLeamy, chair of bSI, says: ‘I urge companies who have been involved in a project that has benefited from open technology to enter the competition. It is through the emergence of these positive experiences that the industry can learn and move forwards.’

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