buildingSMART National Conference Presentations Available Online

WASHINGTON, DC - February 12, 2008 - The buildingSMART alliance* announced today the availability of 16 presentations from the buildingSMART National Conference held in Washington, D.C., on December 13, 2007. More than 250 people attended the one-day event that was part of the 2007 EcoBuild / AEC-ST conference.

“We are fully operational and open for business,” Deke Smith, executive director of the alliance, announced at the start of the conference. Opening presentations describe plans and initiatives of the alliance including the National BIM Standard and the AECOO Testbed project. Other available talks cover open standards, education, business strategies and case studies.

All 16 presentations are viewable at no charge, at www.buildingsmartalliance.org/news/presentations.php.

This first buildingSMART Conference was organized by the buildingSMART alliance*, a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). The buildingSMART alliance* is a membership-based coalition of companies, associations and professional societies, government agencies, and individuals from all sectors of the building industry, organized to develop and promote more efficient methods and standards for gathering, maintaining and communicating technical information related to facility lifecycles.

Smith notes that future presentations may be available to alliance members only. “While you may have missed the first buildingSMART National Conference, you have another chance-we are bringing the presentations to you. There is a significant need for education about BIM, and these talks represent some of the best authorities in the industry. Becoming an alliance member will help us provide future conferences featuring BIM to help continue your education.”

The next buildingSMART National Conference will take place in Anaheim, California, on May 19-22, 2008. Including workshops, presentations and vendor exhibits, the conference will focus on the National BIM Standard. For information, see: www.ecobuildamerica.com.

Authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) fosters the development and use of new building technologies and processes to improve the nation’s buildings. NIBS’ buildingSMART alliance coordinates and supports the information technology-related technical and process changes to the nation’s real property industry to foster the broad scale use of such concepts as open interoperability and building information modeling to improve the full life-cycle performance of buildings. The Alliance also serves as the North American Chapter of the International Alliance for Interoperability.


Contact:

Pamela Towns
Director, Administration
National Institute of Building Sciences
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-4905
Tel: 202-289-7800
Fax: 202-289-1092
E-mail: Email Contact
www.nibs.org

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