buildingSMART develops standards, tools and training to ensure that the industry knows what open BIM is and how to use it effectively to achieve greener, leaner and more efficient buildings and infrastructure.
buildingSMART, formerly the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), is an international organisation which aims to improve the exchange of information between software applications used in the construction industry. It has developed Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs) as a neutral and open specification for Building Information Models (BIM).
The key issue in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facility Management (AEC/FM) sector is the lack of interoperability - the ability to share information, from the inception of a project, when a client starts defining a brief, to when the users occupy the new facility and expect data about the building for asset or facility management.
Open BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows.Open BIM is an initiative of several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model, also known as IFC.