Focusing on the I in Building Information Modeling

In the December cover story of NEMA's electroindustry, leaders in the electrical industry examine the opportunity Building Information Modeling (BIM) represents as a competitive tool that would increase market presence and sales. BIM seeks to gather and integrate information on all aspects of a building, combining both visuals and product data for the lifecycle of the building. To propel the industry forward in this emerging technology, NEMA is working with IDEA to create a global BIM-compliant open standard for electroindustry data, in partnership with the buildingSMART alliance, a council of the congressionally- authorized National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).

Excerpts from the electroindustry article:

“BIM started out as a visualization tool, but what we’re really focusing on now is the ‘I in BIM,’ the information side, and how that information can be used to improve the way we do business. For example, after a building is completed, all the information about products in the building would be captured and delivered to the facility manager.”

Dana “Deke” Smith, executive director of the buildingSMART alliance

“IDEA already had expertise with housing the data and the infrastructure to move the data back and forth, as well as auditing the data. Since many members of NEMA already populate into the IDW, we found that much of the data is already there. Couple that with the strength of NEMA’s industry consensus process, and we achieved our initial objectives.”

Marty Brett, marketing manager for Wheatland Tube and chairman of NEMA’s BIM Task Force

“We have taken this a step further with the NEMA/IDEA solution. The heart of this next generation application is making available actual manufacturer’s data on all aspects of their products. This will enable more exact matching of needs to products in a building, ultimately saving owners money over the lifecycle of a building.”

Jim Lewis, manager of NEMA High Performance Buildings, the NEMA BIM Task Force

“Getting involved upfront is better than trying to come in at the tail end. If manufacturers pay no attention to BIM now, they will be behind the curve. They will have to live with the results of what’s being decided, whether they are happy with those requirements or not. BIM is going to move forward. The market is going to move that direction, so it’s important not to be left behind.”

Jim Pauley, vice president, industry and government relations for Schneider Electric and chairman of the NEMA High Performance Buildings Council

Go to Trade News to download the complete article and read the rest of the December electroindustry issue>