Building-information-modeling (BIM) standards, objects, software, and more will be the focus of the National BIM Conference Dec. 5-9 in Washington, D.C.

BIM uses advanced digital technology to represent all of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. Using a computer program, a design team can collaboratively design in three dimensions, increasing productivity, increasing interoperability, and reducing costs, particularly with regard to green and sustainable structures.

Sessions and meetings planned for the National BIM Conference include:

• Introduction to buildingSMART.

• Introduction to NBIMS-US (National BIM Standard–United States).

• Using BIM at the Schematic Phase.

• How BIM Will Transform Education: A Series From Major Universities.

• BIM Interoperability: A Modern Story of the Tower of Babel.

• Building Smart BIMs.

• BIM in the DoD's Military Health System to Improve Facility Life Cycle Management.

• Modeling the Future of Education: The Multi-disciplinary BIM Project at WIT.

• Going Lean With BIM.

• A Research Framework for Building Information Modeling.

• 5 Years, 50 Projects: Lessons From Ongoing Private Sector BIM Implementation.

• Enhancing High-Performance Building by Integrating Green Into BIM Tools.

• BIM and Comparative Structural Life Cycle Analysis.

• LEED Certification Facilitation: A BIM Server Approach.

• Knowledge Management in BIM.

Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie).

CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems)/CAFM (Computer Aided Facilities Management) Challenge.

• Specifiers' Properties information exchange (SPie).

• Life Cycle Model Demonstration.

BuildingSMART alliance member meeting.

• NBIMS–US committee, subcommittee, and work-group meetings.

BIM products and services will be on display Dec. 7 and 8. The exhibit also will feature:

• BIMStorm, focusing on energy, the integration of BIM and geospatial information systems, and cloud computing.

• AEC Interoperability Center, where design and construction professionals, building-product manufacturers, and commercial software companies can showcase information-technology and BIM developments, BIM objects, and the state of applications compatibility.

Held during Ecobuild America, the National BIM Conference is sponsored by the buildingSMART alliance and AEC Science & Technology.

To register for the National BIM Conference, click here.

For more information about BIM, read the May 2011 HPAC Engineering article "Finer Points of Building Information Modeling."