Changes Could Streamline How Industry Uses BIM

Building Smart AllianceFollowing an 86-day open ballot submission period, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance has closed the submission period to develop Version 2 of its building information modeling (BIM) standard, the National BIM Standard-United StatesTM (NBIMS-US). The Alliance received 45 submissions, which cover a range of topics that could have a significant impact on the way architectural, engineering and construction professionals use BIM.

The ballots were separated into categories relating to: reference standards; information exchanges, including model view definitions (MVDs) and information delivery manuals (IDMs); best practices; and overview and guidelines, including updates to the NBIMS Version 1, Part 1. Of the ballot submissions, 36 were complete entries and nine were “blue sky submissions,” or ideas that will need more input before becoming a ballot or going for a vote to be included in the standard.

Several of the ballot submissions, if approved by the voting membership, will significantly expand the current standard. For example:

  • A number of ballots identified tables from OmniClass to be used as referenced standards, including: Table 13 – Spaces by Function; Table 21 – Elements (Uniformat); Table 22 – Work Results (Masterformat), Table 23 – Products; Table 32 – Services; and Table 36 – Information Content. Much of the open BIM coordination in the industry is based on these tables and their coding structure.
  • Ballots proposed the addition of several information exchanges into the NBIMS. One of primary interest is the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie), which, if approved, would become an official standard through this consensus process.
  • One ballot would add the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, Version 2.1, updated in May 2011, to the NBIMS. This guide has been used by numerous organizations across the industry to coordinate BIM implementation.

The ballot item comment period begins August 3 and ends September 1. All members of the industry, including architects and engineers using the software; contractors interpreting the data being provided through the BIM; and software vendors developing BIM tools, may submit comments during the comment period upon becoming a member of the Project Committee. Comments will be shared with the Project Committee; eligible members will begin voting on the ballots September 21. View a list of all ballots. Download a Project Committee application form.

Pop-up architect promo

Wendy Evans Joseph put together a pop-up book for her firm's monograph.

Wendy Evans Joseph put together a pop-up book for her firm's monograph.

Need a firm monograph that “stands out?” Try a pop-up book. That’s what Wendy Evans Joseph, of Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture, New York, did. The full-color, large-format book features ten projects and reflects the firm’s work in that it dispenses with convention in favor of invention. The book is an artwork in itself, not a straightforward representation of how one experiences architecture. Joseph collaborated with Dutch pop-up expert Kees Moerbeek on the project. The book is available at Urban Center Books, New York, Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers, Brooklyn, NY, Off Square Books, Oxford, MS, and on The Amazon price is $75.
   “In place of the staid and self-serious volume of photographs into which architects typically gather their work, POP UP is something far more mischievous,” said Ms. Joseph. Kees Moerbeek’s expertise helped to guide the evolution of the projects featured in the book from one reality to another. In the transformation from building to “pop,” each project acquired a new internal logic, even as Joseph and Moerbeek strived to be true to the original spirit. They considered the spatial narratives that led the miniatures to reveal themselves slowly, appearing one way at first, and then in other ways over time. The structures in this book are full of nooks and crannies, revealing countless details made from both images and words. Like real buildings, they invite exploration and observation from multiple angles, at multiple speeds.
Ten firm projects are included in the pop-up book.

Ten firm projects are included in the pop-up book.

   Among the projects featured in the book are:

  • Greenporter Hotel, Greenport, NY
  • The Women’s Museum, Dallas
  • The Comfort Station (North American Butterfly Association), Mission, TX
  • Holocaust Memorial Garden, Salt Lake City
  • Writer’s Studio, Ghent, NY
  • Pedestrian Bridge, Rockefeller Univ., New York City
  • Inn at Price Tower, Bartelsville, OK.

   It must be an eye-catching book, because the person I spoke with when I called Off Square Books to confirm that they are carrying the book, immediately recalled seeing the books when they came in. Might be a fun publication to pick up for your own collection or the reception-area coffee table.—Gary L. Parr

A Model Citizen

I’ve always liked building models and model buildings. As a kid, I played with wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, Erector sets, and plastic bricks. (The Lego brand, as far as I can remember, was not available during my wonder years.) When I moved to Chicago, I was enchanted by the Thorne miniature rooms at the Art Institute.
   So I was excited to receive an invitation to  “Models Of Concern, ” an exhibition of architectural scale models at the Trespa Design Centre. My RSVP, sad to say, was “regrets.” Jetting from Commercial Building Products’ world headquarters in Barrington, IL, to Manhattan just was not in the cards.
   I did obtain some photos and now really do regret not seeing the exhibit, which was created by the Dutch design firm Concern. Thursday, Oct. 22 is the last day.  At 6 p.m. on Thursday, designer Gilian Schrofer, principal of Concern, will talk about the extensive renovation of the 124-year-old Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. I’m sorry I didn’t make it to Manhattan.  I know I would have liked this exhibit.




Models of Concern is sponsored by Trespa, which makes high-performance, contemporary architectural cladding, along with Spec-Rite Designs (lockers and cabinets) and Ahrend (furniture). The Trespa Design Centre is located at 62 Greene St., New York (in Soho).—Jim Carper