International BIM Object Standard - Frequently Asked Questions

May 2016

Last year NBS announced a partnership with NATSPEC in Australia and Masterspec in New Zealand to establish standards for BIM objects in those countries – aligning practices as much as possible while accommodating local differences in building and procurement practices, building products and regulatory framework.

Using the NBS BIM Object Standard as the basis of a new core standard, a new International BIM Object Standard has been developed for use by all construction professionals – from specifiers to manufacturers and BIM content developers to assist in the creation of BIM objects. Local / regional requirements are contained in a localised Part B, allowing other countries to come on board over time, with the core standard remaining unchanged.

We have recently launched draft consultation document, with Part B documents covering the UK, Australia and New Zealand. You can find out more details about these documents here. Below we answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the International BIM Object Standard?

The International BIM Object Standard specifies requirements for the information, geometry, behaviour and presentation of BIM objects to enable consistency, efficiency and interoperability across the construction industry. It is intended for all construction professionals, service providers, product manufacturers and other BIM content developers to assist in the creation of both generic and manufacturer BIM objects that are shared in a Common Data Environment (CDE).

Who has written the International BIM Object Standard?

NBS, working in partnership with NATSPEC and Masterspec, and using the NBS BIM Object Standard as the basis of a new core standard.

How long is the consulation on the NBS International BIM Object Standard?

We are looking to solicit initial feedback over the coming weeks to 31 July 2016.

Who has been consulted on the NBS International BIM Object Standard?

NBS has consultated with the top 10 global construction professional businesses as well as users of the NBS BIM Object Standard and NBS National BIM Library.

When will the consultation end and the NBS International BIM Object Standard be ready to use?

We anticipate this will happen later this year.

What is the difference between the current NBS BIM Object Standard and the NBS International BIM Object Standard?

The NBS International BIM Object standard includes Uniclass 2015, and internationalisation of properties and naming conventions.

Will the International BIM Object Standard be extended to be applicable beyond the UK, Australia and New Zealand?

The International BIM Object Standard has been written to enable it to be extended to other countries in the future.

Should manufacturers creating new objects use the NBS International BIM Object Standard?

Not whilst the NBS International BIM Object Standard is still in draft consultation phase.

Will designers who have already downloaded an object that meets the NBS BIM Object Standard need to replace these objects with objects to meet the NBS International BIM Object Standard?

NBS will be updating its objects to the NBS International BIM Object Standard in due course. When the objects are updated users will be prompted of the change and can choose to download the latest version using the My Library feature of the NBS National BIM Library website.

Related information

International BIM Object Standard draft consultation documents (.zip, 0.6Mb)

NBS's BIM Object Standard to be rolled out in Australia and New Zealand (Press release, August 2015)