BIM Education - Status Paper
2014-01-28

This report provides a brief summary of the current status of BIM education in a number of countries across the globe. The countries included in this report are the countries of the respondents to an email that Richard Choy (NATSPEC) sent to a group of parties with an interest in BIM, in October 2013.

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ICIS Report 4: Definition of a Specification
2014-01-12

This report seeks to define various types of specification in terms that might be applied internationally and to various sectors of the construction industry, such as architecture (including building services), landscape, infrastructure and process engineering. The definitions also consider the specification as part of a built-environment information model (BIM), rather than as a separate paper or PDF document (the norm at present) with little or no functionality.

As far as practicable, the report uses the data structure and terminology defined in ISO/CD 12006-2 (2013) Building construction. Organization of information about construction works. Part 2: Framework for classification of information. BIM and classifications is the subject of a separate ICIS report (in development at the time of writing).

For each type of specification, the report considers its purpose and use. We begin with a general definition of ‘specification’ (the product). Specification (the process) is the activity of creating a specification (the product). This process is not considered in this report.

Edited by John Gelder.

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Definition of a Specification
2013-11-13

This report seeks to define various types of specification in terms that might be applied internationally and to various sectors of the construction industry, such as architecture (including building services), landscape, infrastructure and process engineering. The definitions also consider the specification as part of a built-environment information model (BIM), rather than as a separate paper or PDF document (the norm at present) with little or no functionality.

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Report No. 1
2002-02-01

A DESCRIPTION AND COMPARISON OF NATIONAL SPECIFICATION SYSTEMS

Edited by Colin D McGregor BA BArch RIBA, NBS Services Representative to ICIS

Report No. 1 is a comprehensive description and comparative analysis of the ICIS members’ specification systems, and their Specification techniques.

The report identifies:

  • The different contractual arrangements used in each country
  • For each type of contractual arrangement, what types of project document are used
  • When they are produced and who produces them
  • When they are used and who uses them.

The report was first presented to the BSG Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in September 1992. It has since been expanded and revised, and is now published under the group’s new name. The report has been extensively revised in the light of changes and developments to members’ systems and to include details of cost estimating and planning systems where relevant.

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Report No. 2
1995-06-01

STATE, TRENDS AND PERSPECTIVES OF NATIONAL SPECIFICATION SYSTEMS IN EUROPEAN CONSTRUCTION

by Bettina Mindt, lic.rer.pol.

The members individual specification systems were described in ICIS Report # 1. The descriptive results of this report pointed to the diversity of the individual systems. It was felt neces-sary to find out the reasons for the similarities and differen-ces between the systems. Report # 2 thus sets out to analyze more deeply the specification systems and the national con-struction markets of the European ICIS members and the place of each system in its own. As these national construction markets are influenced by international developments, a survey of the European construction sector is also included, describing trends and perspectives for construction parties at national and international level.

The production of ICIS Report # 2 was only possible due to the personal and financial engagement of the Swiss member of ICIS, the 'Swiss Research Centre for Rationaliszation in Building and Civil Engineering, CRB' and the active support of the other ICIS members, in particular of the Steering Group comprising:

Colin McGregor, NBS, Newcastle/GB Maarten van Hezik, STABU, Ede/NL Prof. Tobias Studer, WWZ, Basle/CH Felix Trefzer, CRB, Zurich/CH

The report is intended to serve as an introduction to European specification systems, national construction markets and the European construction industry for clients, consultants, con-tractors, manufacturers of construction products and others.

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Report No. 3
1999-04-01

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE SPECIFYING - AN INTERNATIONAL SURVEY

edited by John Gelder

This Report discusses a number of issues influencing environmentally responsible project (and master) specifying, using examples drawn internationally. Issues external to the project (context and sources of information), and those internal to it (specification methods and production), are explored, and common ground, differences and points of interest are identified. A number of difficulties - barriers to rational green specifying - are flagged.

The Report in its present form represents work-in-progress - it is essentially the combination of two international surveys, augmented in a number of ways. It is expected that the contents will be expanded to fill gaps, mostly in national coverage, and that it will be updated from time to time.

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Objects Terminology
1998-05-28

by Terry Wright, CIS, Australia

This paper consists of a primary Objects Terminology discussion, supported by a number of other papers. The primary document includes Acrobat links to six other reference documents, and can be viewed online using the Acrobat browser plug-in.

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Principles of Specifying
1997-06-15

by John Cann, NBS Services (UK)

This paper is a short analysis of specifying and classifications. It includes suggestions for a procedure to be used by ICIS committees in developing international classification tables for the construction industry.

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ICIS consists of 18 member organizations in 15 countries from five continents. If you think that your organization might qualify to join then please contact the Secretary.

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U.S.A. ARCOM
 
Finland Building Information Foundation RTS
 
Denmark byggeri informationsteknologi produktivitet samarbejde (bips)
 
Belgium Cobo Systems N.V./S.A. an Arko Company
 
South-Africa Construction Communication Network Pty
 
New Zealand Construction Information Ltd.
 
Australia Construction Information Systems Limited (NATSPEC)
 
Canada Construction Specifications Canada
 
Japan Institute of International Harmonization for Building and Housing (IIBH)
 
Germany Joint Committee on Information Technology in the Construction Industry (GAEB)/DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
 
Canada National Master Specification Secretariat (NMSS)
 
United Kingdom NBS, RIBA Enterprises Limited
 
Norway Norconsult Information Systems
 
The Netherlands STABU Foundation
 
Norway Standards Norway
 
Switzerland Swiss Research Centre for Rationlization in Building and Civil Engineering (CRB)
 
Czech Republic ÚRS PRAHA, a.s.