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BIM Initiatives
Following are the initiatives that had been taken for promoting BIM:


  • General Services Administration (GSA)
    • The GSA was the first government organization to lead the US government into BIM and had a primary role in promoting BIM in the entire industry.

  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Building Information Management and Modeling (BIM)

  • Tri-Service CAD BIM Technology Center

  • U.S. Air Force Building Information Modeling for MILCON Transformation

  • U.S. Army - Civil Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)
    • The Corps of Engineers with the support of their laboratories are transforming to the use of BIM and is are primary players in the industry transformation with products such as COBIE.

  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
    • The USCG has also been a leader among government agencies and have pioneered the linking of mission to facilities and use of facility information during the operations and sustainment phases of the lifecycle.


The buildingSMART alliance has a list of organizations that they are working with. This list includes the following:
  • 7group–Integrative Design, green building, and LEED consultants
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Building Connections
  • AIA - Integrated Project Delivery
  • AIA - Technology in Practice
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Professional Estimators
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • Association of General Contractors of America (AGC)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA
  • Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
  • Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC)
  • Center for Facilities and Environment (CIFE)
  • Construction Industry Institute (CII)
  • Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA)
  • Construction Owners Association of America (COAA)
  • Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
  • Construction Users Round Table (CURT)
  • Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
  • FIATECH–Non-profit consortium working with technologies to support FIAPP (Fully Integrated and Automated Project Processes)
  • Georgia Tech AEC Integration Lab
  • Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS)
  • International Center for Facilities (ICF) Ottawa
  • International Code Council (ICC) - SMARTcodes™
  • International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA)
  • Lean Construction Institute (LCI)
  • National Academy of Sciences Federal Facilities Council (FFC)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP)
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE)
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT Institute Design Procurement Construction Specific Interest Group (DPC-SIG)
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA)
  • Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP)
  • Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • University Research Organizations
Below is a brief list of research organizations within Universities that are actively involved in BIM or virtual prototyping research.
  • Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University (USA)
  • Computer Integrated Construction Research Program at Penn State (USA)
  • Key Center for Design Computing and Cognition at University of Sydney (Australia)
  • VT-CAVE and RDF VELab at Virginia Tech (USA)
  • Advanced Infrastructure Systems at Carnegie Mellon (USA)
  • Virtual Design Enterprise Centre (ViDEC) at University of Wolverhampton (UK)
  • Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab at University of Washington (USA)
  • The Virtual Environment at Northumbria University (UK)


Below is a brief list of research institutions that are actively involved in Virtual Facility Prototyping research.
  • VTT in Finland
  • NIST in the US

Non-Profit Institution

The following organizations are investigating or primarily focused on virtual prototyping in construction.
  • Industry / Research Consortium Organizations
  • ACADIA: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
  • Virtual Builders Roundtable
  • CIB W78: The working group within CIB which focuses on Information Technology
  • AGC BIM Committee has a forum site
  • CMAA Emerging Technologies Committee
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB) Visualization Committee


  • National Institute for Building Standards (NIBS)
  • Open Geospatial Consortium
  • National CAD Standard

Modeling Software Vendors

Vendors of software applications for virtual prototyping include in alphabetical:
  • Autodesk (Revit, AutoCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture, BIM 360, Constructware, Navisworks, Civil 3D, and others)
  • Bentley (Microstation, Architecture, Navigator and others)
  • Graphisoft (ArchiCAD, GS Constructor, GS Control, and others)
  • Common Point Technologies (ConstructSim, Project 4D and others)
  • Gehry Technologies (Digital Projects for CATIA)
  • Solibri (IFC Model Checker)
  • Innovaya (Estimating and 4D simulation)
  • Tekla
  • Vela Systems: Mobile computing software for use with Tablet PCs


  • Fakespace
  • More3D
  • James River Technology
  • Smart Technologies - Interactive Whiteboard Displays
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