CSI Launches New BIM Committee

19 May, 2008

New group to guide CSI's initiatives for building information modeling planning and education.

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced that it has formed a Building Information Modeling (BIM) Committee. The new group reportedly will guide initiatives within CSI to advance the use of BIM in the planning, design, construction, and operation of the built environment.

"CSI has an important role to fulfill in the implementation of BIM by developing knowledge classification systems, formats, standards, practice guidelines, and education to support collaborative practice," said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe. "This group will be essential to creating the support structures that the industry needs to fully implement BIM."

One of the first actions of the new committee is the formation of a BIM Practice Group to gather together practitioners inside and outside of CSI that are dealing with the information management aspects of BIM implementation. To respond to the industry's need for BIM information structures, practice support, education, and infrastructure, CSI is developing a "BIM roadmap" to identify requirements and define programs the institute will be pursuing to meet industry needs.

Representatives of the BIM Steering Committee will be on hand at CSI's booth during the CONSTRUCT2008 & CSI Annual Convention, June 3 to 6, in Las Vegas. Interested individuals can sign up to join the Practice Group at that time.

In conjunction with the buildingSMART alliance, CSI has also launched a free AudioCast Web series titled bimWITS. The programs reportedly draw on the knowledge of BIM experts who share their experiences with other practitioners about how BIM affects the way they do their jobs.