In the summer of 2009, the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) announced that Building Information Modeling (BIM) would be required on state projects. In January 2010, they published the BIM standards which are to be utilized on projects. The TFC’s BIM Standards are detailed and a great deal of work has gone into preparing the standards for publication. I commend the TFC for the hours of effort that has gone into this process, which covers both building and site information.
According to the “TEXAS FACILITIES COMMISSION – PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS” document, the “TFC has adopted Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a standard for producing the design and documentation for all projects under TFC authority”. “CADD software may only be used to produce documents on minor renovation or maintenance projects when approved in writing by one of the FDC Directors”. Continue reading