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CDBB pledges to support America's BIM adoption

25 May 2021

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) has pledged to work with the US National Institute of Building Services (NIBS) on the development of a national BIM programme for America.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see NIBS work with CDBB to adapt the UK BIM programme model and materials as a guide to developing a US national roadmap aligned with ISO 19650.

The MoU will also support and encourage the public and private sector in both countries to learn from each other and exchange of best practice, creating benefits to both economies and growing trade opportunities by increasing the sector’s productivity and performance.

The collaboration has been enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, and follows a CDBB presentation to NIBS earlier this year (https://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/uk-helps-us-bim-adoption/).

Adam Matthews, head of international at CDBB, said: “This partnership continues the global trend of knowledge sharing between countries that is accelerating and aligning the construction sector's digitalisation journey. It marks the culmination of two years of close joint working between the two countries – by working together to innovate the built environment, we can create better outcomes for people and places.” 

Lakisha Ann Woods, president and CEO of NIBS, said: “The mission of the US National BIM Program [sic] is to convene industry stakeholders to lead the development and broad deployment of next-generation national information management standards and practices focused on significantly improving the built environment delivery and operation processes. We are thrilled to work with CDBB as a collaborative partner to address these global industry opportunities.”      

Fergus Harradence, deputy director for construction at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “BIM is at the heart of the digitalisation of the construction sector. The creation of a US National BIM program aligned to international standards marks a major step forward for the global construction sector. “We are delighted to be collaborating with the US to share the learnings from our UK BIM programme. This collaboration will lead to economic and environmental benefits for both countries by boosting the economic performance of the construction sector and helping to improve social outcomes and trade opportunities.” 

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