Infrastructure Room



The purpose of the Infrastructure Room to combine, enhance and develop open standards for intelligent data, which enable process and data integration for Infrastructure.  The scope includes information exchange and process standards to support effective management of the constructed built environment and linking and integrating across BIM and GIS.  The Infrastructure Room leads buildingSMART efforts in a number of areas, including those for roads, bridges, tunnels, ports and waterways.

Steering Committee

The steering committee is led by representatives representing the broad scope of the Infrastructure Room.  This includes individuals from buildingSMART members and chapters that come from consulting engineering firms, owners, and academic institutions, as well as other industry experts.  The steering committee facilitates the project and activities of the room, including overseeing its working groups, leading the room sessions at buildingSMART Summits, interacting with the Standards Committee and ensuring the buildingSMART Process is followed.


Key Objectives

  • Enable data exchange based on open standards for the planning, realization and maintenance of infrastructure works and ultimately all aspects of the built environment
  • Enable the exchange of information and open data access between asset management databases
  • Enable enduring archives of asset information based on open standards
  • Enable life cycle information management for infrastructure based on open standards
  • Enable the merging of project related information e.g. requirements and risks, with asset information

Learn More

To learn more about the Infrastructure Room and the activities here, or contribute in the work, please contact us.


Current Project and Activities

  • Common Schema Project: Collaboration on the common schema project which addresses common elements that cross infrastructure domains such as rail, road, bridge and others.
  • Integrated Digital Built Environment (IDBE): A collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium(OGC) to Committee to find solutions to increase the interoperability between data for both the geospatial and built environment domains.   IDBE examines how to integrate BIM’s role in the planning, design, construction, and operation of built assets with the role of geospatial modeling in understanding and managing the natural and built environment.
  • CEN TC 442 Cooperation: Collaboration with the European standardisation body CEN on openBIM standards and the LEXS project (Library Exchange Standards).
  • IFC 4.1 Alignment: Continued support of the deployment.
  • IFC Bridge: The IFC4x2 Draft Standard is ready for approval by bSI and deployment will follow.
  • IFC Tunnel: Finalizing the global process map, performing gap analysis with existing schemas, and working on the tunnel system breakdown structure. Continued participation in common schema development ensures consistency with IFC Road, Rail, and other common areas.  The MOU for IFC Tunnel was recently signed and the team includes transportation authorities and also experts in earth science to address the role geotechnical and geological models for BIM play in identification and mitigation of risks associated with underground conditions throughout the lifecycle.
  • IFC Ports and Waterways: Finalization of the requirements analysis, IDM, and the taxonomy, meronomy, and properties report will be followed by the IFC extension developement including conceptual modeling, extension authoring, MVD(s) definition, modeling guidelines, and software development.  IFC Ports and Waterways incorporates a spatial structure schema based on detailed analysis of spatial structure examples and use cases.
  • IFC Road: With the final Requirements Analysis Report and Process Map published at the end of 2018, execution of the second phase of IFC Road is underway and a detailed Project Execution Plan has been published. Work on the overall Road Conceptual Model continues, including work on the Earthworks Conceptual Model,  which will be followed by development of the schema extension and software deployment.  The IFC Road team participates in the Common Schema development to ensure consistency with other areas on spatial structures, geotechnics, earthworks, drainage, and more.