Partner Organisations


CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries.  CEN is one of three European Standardization Organizations (together with CENELEC and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.  CEN provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and processes.  CEN recognizes the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries (ISO 16739:2013).

eCl@ss has won international acceptance as the only ISO/IEC-compliant global industry reference standard for the classification and unambiguous specification of products and services. More than 3,500 companies are already benefiting from its capabilities. Increasingly, they’re also specifying eCl@ss as a mandatory standard for their business partners. Why is this happening? A standardized master-data system is the key to enterprise-wide improvements, producing benefits along the entire value chain. It’s also an essential requirement if users are to establish a uniform semantic standard, which will in turn help the Internet of Things become reality and make possible the information-driven production processes known as Industry 4.0.

ETIM International is a partnership of national ETIM organisations with its registered office in Brussels. ETIM International exists to combine efforts to develop, maintain, publish and promote one Technical Information Model (ETIM) for the classification of technical products. The focus of ETIM International is on the classification of electrotechnical and HVAC and building related products, but the association is open to entry by other related industry sectors. Current member countries are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, USA and Canada.  ETIM and buildingSMART International work together to align the buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) and ETIM’s product classification standard.

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains and item life cycles across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. Its scale and reach – local Member Organisations in 112 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day – help ensure that GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. The use of global buildingSMART and GS1 standards, in particular for product instance identification and exchange of product data, is critical in addressing today’s challenges of digitalisation in the construction sector.

The International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 164 national standards bodies.  Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.  buildingSMART International is registered as an organization in cooperation with ISO, and has liaisons with two ISO committees; ISO/TC 59 Buildings and civil engineering works and ISO/TC 59/SC 13 Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM).  buildingSMART’s main product, the IFC standard, was adopted as an official ISO standard in March 2013, as ISO 16739:2013 Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of over 530 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.  OGC and buildingSMART International participate in the Integrated Digital Built Environment (IDBE) Subcommittee and collaborate on projects such as the development of InfraGML and the Future City Pilot.

World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) is an association of companies that represent the entire ecosystem of geospatial industry, with an aim to enhance the role of the geospatial industry and also strengthen its contribution in global economy and society.  The World Geospatial Industry Council seeks to become a shared voice for enabling engagement and collaboration within the industry and outside, educating policymakers and users alike about the long-term benefits of technology adoption.  buildingSMART International and WGIC work together on developing common initiatives for the use of open standards, best practices and geospatial information to demonstrate greater value and wider applicability of standards, solutions and tools. Through the respective BIM and GIS communities, the aim is to develop open, neutral workflows between different languages and systems for the benefit of end users.