Last edited 20 Feb 2020

Vendor-neutral data exchange

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating and managing digital information about a built asset such as a building, bridge, highway or tunnel.

The Handbook for the introduction of Building Information Modelling by the European Public Sector published by the EU BIM Task Group in 2017 suggests that, in relation to vendor-neutral data exchange:

Data can be exchanged in platform neutral, open file formats that are not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors. One commonly used collaboration format in Building information modeling (BIM) is IFC (Industry Foundation Class). The IFC model specification is open and available. It is registered by ISO and is an official International Standard.’

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