The National Institute of Building Sciences has named Microsoft Director of Transformation Services Salla Eckhardt as National Building Information Modeling Program Steering Committee Chair. “We need a standard that supports the entire digital building lifecycle from BIM-ready planning to BIM-based design and digital construction all the way to BIM as a component in built environment digital twins,” she affirms.

The U.S. National BIM Program kicked off in February with a BIM Executive Roundtable to discuss the need for a coordinated program to advance building industry collaboration and innovation. The goal is a solution at a national scale to enable digital process standards that will streamline business, accelerate supply chain effectiveness, provide predictable processes, improve project outcomes, drive efficiency and foster innovation. The roundtable saw partners from the Federal Highway Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration, U.S. Departments of State and Veterans Affairs, along with private sector partners from Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Autodesk, Bentley, Epic, HDR Engineering, and Kieran Timberlake.

“The next steps include establishing a governance structure to broadly engage diverse stakeholders through targeted workstreams and developing a business model for the initial three to five years of the U.S. National BIM Program,” says NIBS President Lakisha Woods. “Salla’s leadership will steer the program toward a comprehensive plan to serve all sectors of the industry.”

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