Does the use of interoperable software bring tangible benefits to projects or is it simply a ‘nice-to-have’? BuildingSMART International (bSI) aims to show the business gains that are already being made through the use of open standards with its new award scheme, which is open to submissions from 20 June to 31 August 2014.
Business Gain through Open Technology – about the award
The buildingSMART Award Business Gain through Open Technology is granted to projects that demonstrate and inspire the use of open standards developed by buildingSMART in the AEC and facility management industries.
The award will be given for the first time at the international buildingSMART meetings in Toronto in October 2014.
BuildingSMART created the Award program to learn about projects that use buildingSMART solutions, and to publish them on the buildingSMART website as inspiration to others to follow. However, we not only want to learn about the successes. Thus, competitors are also encouraged to bring forward problems and challenges, when the buildingSMART solutions or the software does not work as expected.
Who can enter?
The award, entitled Business Gain through Open Technology, will be made to the AEC project that most clearly demonstrates effective and inspirational use of open standards. Practitioners in the AEC and FM industries can make submissions; so too can clients. Entrants do not need to be a member of buildingSMART; all are welcome.
It is essential that the projects entered must use one or more of the buildingSMART tools and standards: the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD or IFD), Information Delivery Manual (IDM), Model View Definition (MVD) and BIM Collaboration Format (BCF).
These standards, developed by bSI to allow the open, interoperable exchange of information, are incorporated into widely used design and process software from the major vendors, as well as into some specialist software products.
Anyone in doubt as to whether a project is eligible for the scheme should check the software in use on the project being considered for entry.
The entries will be judged by an international jury drawn from buildingSMART chapters around the world, representing the many aspects of a project.
The evaluation will be done in two stages. All submissions will be evaluated in phase one, and the 10 best proposals will be nominated as finalists. All of the finalists’ submissions will be presented on the buildingSMART International website.
In phase two, the winner will be selected from the finalists. Special awards will be given to best proposal from a SME (small and medium enterprise) and to a proposal sharing end user experiences.
The winner will be announced at the buildingSMART week in Toronto in October.
Entries will be judged against 8 criteria, which include the quantified business benefits in efficiency and quality from the use of interoperability, innovative practices and the impact on the project supply chain.
‘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.’