Hungary-based Graphisoft has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with buildingSMART Korea, to assist in the development of the Open BIM-based Building Design Standard and IT Infrastructure Construction efforts in Korea.
The agreement between the industry’s BIM leader, Graphisoft, and buildingSMART Korea includes technical collaboration, collaboration on developing and disseminating the Korean BIM standard, and technical support for ArchiCAD users in Korea. As part of the agreement, Graphisoft and buildingSMART Korea will discuss and exchange technical information and advice relevant to the development of ArchiCAD library objects for Korea.
Korea’s Interest in BIM
Korea’s interest in introducing BIM to both public and private sectors dates back several years and the country is now in a good position to establish new, fundamental standards for BIM information integration.
“Working together with buildingSMART Korea will ensure that BIM knowledge continues to grow throughout the country,” said Bence Kovacs, Vice President, Graphisoft Asia. “We look forward to a relationship based on a mutual understanding of and respect for what BIM can do for the AEC industry,” he continued.
Philoon Lee, buildingSMART Korea’s chairman, said, “We are proud to be working with Graphisoft, the company that invented BIM with its Virtual Building concept back in 1994. We are also committed to ensuring that the standards are firmly rooted in Open BIM.”
Currently, buildingSMART Korea is leading a government R&D project regarding the development of the Korea BIM Standard (KBIMS). During the first phase of this project, which should last three years, there will be approximately 3,000 common prototypical library elements developed. The library objects, integrated into a federated BIM model, will include content regarding material, unit cost, standardized details, et cetera, to facilitate the processing of the information contained therein for multiple purposes, with the overall aim of improving productivity and competitiveness in the AEC industry in Korea.
About buildingSMART Korea
buildingSMART Korea is a regional alliance of buildingSMART International and was established in 1998. Its membership consists of 20 special member companies, 151 general companies, 20 universities, and 3,676 individuals as of January 2014.