Previously, I’ve written about the crucial importance of adopting standards being key to the successful adoption of BIM. Today I would like to write about the various standards that are currently available around the world and talk about what you should do if you are working internationally.

Only five or six years ago when I was working as a BIM consultant and people asked me ‘what standards should I adopt?’ I had to tell them that there weren’t any real standards currently and advised them to write their own protocols and execution plans to make sure that the collaborative team know how they are working.

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Looking around the world today you can instantly find a number of different standards that can be used:

Looking around the world today you can instantly find a number of different standards that can be used

So we’ve gone from no standards at all – to hundreds of standards around the world. Over the coming years I believe that only the best standards will survive and all of the standards currently in use will be consolidated into much fewer.

Over the coming years I believe that only the best standards will survive and all of the standards currently in use will be consolidated into much fewer.

Building SmartSo what do you do if you are working internationally? Well, the first thing is look for the local standard and use it. If there are a number of standards, look for the ‘buildingSMART’ standard. ‘buildingSMART’ is an international organisation supporting interoperability and is more likely to have their standards in alignments from country to country.

Posted by Ben Wallbank

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