Public Entities Requiring BIM and have Standards

The AEC industry is seeing more clients requiring Building Information Modeling (BIM) on projects.  Some clients have very detailed standards and expectations for the BIM process, and some clients say that they want BIM but have not idea what they really desire or how to get BIM.  And then, there are clients that fall somewhere between those two types.  Many clients (especially in the private sector) that have BIM standards in place have not publicized their standards, but will provide it to the design/construction team for specific projects.  However, there are public entitites that have established BIM standards and have posted those standards on the internet and are accessible to anyone with internet access.  Since it is nice to reference those BIM standards, I thought that I would list various public entities which have BIM standards that you can reference.

The following is a listing of various public entities with publicized BIM standards along with the URL to the information and a bit of additional information that you may find interesting or helpful about each one.

University of Southern California

  • http://www.usc.edu/fms/documents/cad_web_links/BIMGuidelines_VS1_6_2012.pdf
  • Document is dated April 18, 2012
  • The document contains very detailed information about the BIM process and requirements and standards for the model.
  • Requirements include conduit 3/4″ and greater to be modeled, as well as clearance zones to be modeled
  • Authoring software is limited to Autodesk Revit.

Indiana University

  • http://www.indiana.edu/~uao/iubim.html
  • Document is dated June 21, 2012
  • The document contains detailed information about the BIM process and requirements and standards for the model.
  • Requirements include conduit 3/4″ and greater to be modeled, as well as clearance zones to be modeled
  • Authoring software is limited to Autodesk Revit.

Penn State University

Los Angeles Community College

State of Wisconsin

State of Texas

  • projects.buildingsmartalliance.org/files/?artifact_id=3365   (copy/paste to your browser)
  • Document is dated January 15, 2010
  • The document covers both CADD and BIM standards, although projects are to utilize BIM unless specifically allowed.
  • Authoring software is limited to Autodesk Revit.

State of Ohio

New York City

  • http://www.nyc.gov/html/ddc/downloads/pdf/DDC_BIM_Guidelines.pdf
  • Document is dated July 2012
  • The document contains detailed information about the BIM process and requirements and standards for the model.
  • LOD 400 is required for most categories of elements.
  • Architecture authoring software is Autodesk Revit, Bentley Architecture, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect.
  • MEP authoring software is Autodesk Revit, Bentley Building Mechanical Systems, and Graphisoft MEP Modeler.

U.S. General Services Administration

Please note that the information above is my understanding and opinion of the data.  Please review the websites and documents to confirm accuracy of my statements and actual requirements.

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