Are you Using 90s BIM?

BIM was a major leap forward from CAD, which was a major leap forward from T-squares and triangles. Within the last few decades, the process of planning and designing buildings greatly has evolved. However, while use of BIM has been optimized for designers and constructors, owners have not comparably benefited from use of BIM and remain stuck in 1990s-era practices. The next generation of use cases capitalizes on the data aspects of BIM and open standard interoperability. People no longer have to be a highly-trained GIS specialist with very expensive GIS applications and workstations to call for an Uber ride or get turn-by-turn directions while driving. BIM has made similar leaps in capabilities.

In September 2016, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), in collaboration with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) began to develop the Department of State (DOS) Building Information Modeling (BIM) program. 

This effort recognized the value in developing a roadmap that would capture the full value of BIMs the agency was contracting for anyway. Some significant improvements include how OBO is using BIM to better communicate their design requirements to AE consultants and providing clear instructions for AE to consistently deliver BIM (model and data) back to OBO in a manner that will support the design and construction of the project as well as the overall lifecycle management of that facility. This includes organizing the data in a standardized structure that can be incorporated back into OBO IT systems for further use. Consistent application of the OBO Roadmap principles results in better overall facility portfolio visibility and management.

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM
8 April 2020


Alyssa Lapan
Architect & BIM Initiative Lead, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations