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BIM Loket Newsletter
July 2017

As summer begins, we would like to bring you up to date about the latest developments concerning BIM Loket and our open BIM standards. Normal service has now been resumed following the prolonged absence of our newsletter.

The past month has seen a succession of user meetings concerning our standards. A combined user meeting was held on 20 June on the VISI and COINS standards, followed by another on 30 June about the CB-NL standard. The first user day on the user guideline for IFC, BIM basis ILS, drew almost 150 participants.

There will be a plethora of events after the summer, too. We would like to highlight a few of them here. In the autumn, a new BIM Loket Knowledge Day is scheduled for 6 October. BIM Loket is also involved in BIM Education Day (on 10 October) and the international GEO|Design + BIM conference in November.

We wish you an enjoyable summer!

Second BIM Loket Knowledge Day 6 October in Soesterberg

Call for proposals: submit your proposal for a workshop!

On 6 October 2017, we are organizing our annual BIM Loket Knowledge Day. For the successful first edition last year, our hosts were Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This year, it is ProRail who are allowing BIM Loket to use the Kontakt der Kontinenten conference location in Soesterberg. The main theme of BIM Loket Knowledge Day is the importance of open BIM standards. This year, we are placing additional emphasis on encouraging further implementation in the sector.

In the ‘Bouwagenda’, the digitization process is mentioned as an important factor in achieving these aims. There is no doubt that the open BIM standards fulfil a significant role in the desired digitization of building processes. Discussions are centred around the steps that are needed in order to implement them. BIM Loket Knowledge Day is aimed at leading BIM professionals whose focus is open standards. In addition, we are seeking this year to involve more decision-makers with the question, ‘What is needed in order for you to embrace (or embrace further) the use of BIM?’

After the plenary part, we will schedule a number of different discussions concerning relevant examples (what can we learn from these?) and active work sessions on present-day issues and dilemmas. The sessions will have an interactive character in order to enhance the dialogue. We would like to invite you to submit proposals on what should feature in the sessions. We will then make a selection from the proposals that have been submitted.

Download the form and submit your workshop proposal.

Interest in BIM basis ILS as great as ever

First user day attracts 150 participants

The first user day on BIM basis ILS (BIM basis IDM) took place on 23 June. The 150 available places were quickly filled. Since last year, BIM Loket has been home to BIM basis ILS. BIM basis ILS provides for concrete arrangements regarding the exchange format, the basic structure to be used, and the safeguarding of information on buildings. More than 200 parties have already affiliated themselves to this initiative, which was launched by several market parties, for agreeing on the exchange of information in the construction industry. As well as contractors, consultants, and architects, the first training programmes and a local authority have also signed up. And interest is not just confined to the Netherlands.

BIM basis ILS has also been translated into English and German. The German translation was recently published in the wake of a concrete question from Germany, in partnership with German BIM experts. This is useful for German companies and for Dutch firms that do business with or for German organizations. Uniformity of and support for joint agreements are at the heart of effective collaboration. In addition to the basic document, there are a growing number of manuals on the website with specific software packages for assisting with compliance with the agreements in BIM basis ILS.

BIM Loket registers open BIM standards on ‘comply-or-explain’ list

First step towards inclusion of NLCS, NL/SfB and COINS

BIM Loket has registered three open BIM standards for the Standardization Forum comply-or-explain list. When purchasing larger ICT systems and services, the government applies the comply-or-explain principle concerning the application of open standards. Public-sector organizations are obliged to use the open standards on the Standardization Forum list. There have to be very good reasons for derogating from this principle.

There are two open BIM standards on the Standardization Forum list - IFC and VISI. The list is an important means for promoting broad-based use of open standards. It is for that reason that BIM Loket is aiming to get as many open BIM standards on the list as possible. However, it will take time. Inclusion on the list is subject to a large number of preconditions, not all of which can be fulfilled in the short term. By registering these standards now, BIM Loket is taking the first step in a long process.

The Standardization Forum is currently processing NLCS and COINS. Meetings of experts will be held in the short term, from which will emerge both the degree to which these standards are used and the added value they bring to users. Hands-on experts can contact Jan Pieter Eelants (Joint Management programme manager at BIM Loket) to sign up for these meetings. NL/SfB will not be joining at this stage, because the management organization is not yet fully in place. The standard will be re-submitted on a subsequent occasion.

Managers together at BIM Loket Managers’ Day

The faces behind our standards

On 12 May, we invited all the representatives of BIM Loket standards management organization to the first Manager’s Day. More than 50 people came to De Bouwcampus to get to know each other better. Together, they make up the face of BIM Loket. During the past two years, BIM Loket has assumed management of various open BIM standards. Standards like VISI, COINS, NLCS and NL/SfB now form one family. The implementation of management tasks is now mostly in the hands of people and parties who have invested a great deal of energy in this area for many years. So it was high time for them to meet up with each other, and with BIM Loket, of which they now form part.

During a brief plenary programme, BIM Loket director Jacqueline Meerkerk and programme managers Dik Spekkink (IT and international coordination) and Jan-Pieter Eelants (joint management) brought those present up to date. Everybody then dispersed to join workshops on the themes of software suppliers and BIM Loket, CB-NL, legislation and regulations, and the business value of open standards. It was all concluded with a joint lunch at a demo market on the different standards. You can find the various presentations here.

BIM Education Day and BIM Students’ Battle

“Working together for a greater and better graduate intake”

Under the motto ‘Working together for a greater and better graduate intake’, BIMregister and the Building Information Council (BIR) are organizing BIM Education Day on 10 October 2017. BIM Loket is one of the partners. The need for well-qualified BIM graduates is great, but education is not sufficiently aligned to the demand. The BIR’s education programme is designed to get more qualified BIM students onto the labour market.

BIM Students’ Battle
Part of BIM Education Day is BIM Students’ Battle. Students will be given a challenging case history in which every aspect of BIM, such as design, calculation, implementation, logistics, management, and maintenance are highlighted and assessed. So in BIM terms, 3D modelling, 4D, 5D, and 6D. The ‘I’ in BIM is literally and metaphorically the central pivot. The case history is currently under preparation and will be published at the end of June. The winners will be announced during BIM Education Day.

STABU Building Systems and Installations classification available for public viewing

BS&I may be an open BIM standard in due course

STABU has developed the Building System and Installations (BS&I) classification, in the context of the ‘Bouwbreed’ online system. The board of BIM Loket is considering including the BS&I classification in the range of open BIM standards in due course. STABU has now made the classification available for public viewing on the website  

BS&I is a collection of the most frequently occurring technical solutions in Dutch building structures. The classification has now been made available to the market. It offers access to content – knowledge of STABU – that makes it possible to describe performance or give a complete technical description of a structure. These descriptions can be linked in a logical manner to modelled objects in a BIM. A STABU licence agreement is needed to be able to use the content.

Based on market feedback, STABU and BIM Loket will jointly investigate how the classification can be made publicly available.

BIM Loket helpdesk is there for you!

When you can’t find what you’re looking for...

BIM Loket is the central point of contact for information on open BIM standards. Do you have any questions about BIM or open BIM standards? Would you like to find out more about BIM Loket’s range or how to apply an open BIM standard? If you have any question, please send them to

ProRail and Sweco are testing COINS 2.0 in BIM Lab

Design simulation around Nijmegen-Goffert station

In order to allocate the space on the railways, to organize how trains run, to build new tracks, and to build and manage stations, ProRail needs information about its assets. This valuable information, known as SpoorData, is used among other things for taking the right decisions in relation to infra and station projects. There is a growing need to share this SpoorData digitally, and in a uniform and integrated manner, with railway partners with the help of one information model: BIM model. Various organizations are already exchanging information using this model on the basis of the COINS 2.0 exchange standard, which was developed on behalf of the BIR. The ‘core’ of COINS 2.0 has been deliberately kept small for the sake of flexibility. The core can be extended with so-called ‘reference frameworks’ for specific knowledge domains. One of the knowledge domains for which such a reference framework is needed is that of systems engineering (SE). The BIR and the 4P SE Steering Group have therefore jointly had an SE information model developed, which can serve as a basis for a COINS SE reference framework.

ProRail and Sweco pilot project
In advance of the publication of the SE exchange standard, ProRail and Sweco tested part of the standard in March this year in a pilot project, BIM Lab Nijmegen – Goffert, in combination with COINS 2.0. This BIM lab was the scene of a simulation of how verified information can be exchanged with the enriched data model via a COINS container. This enabled us to show how it is possible to translate and apply one aspect of the theoretical BIM model in a real-life railway setting.
Download the white paper here (in Dutch).

Systems Engineering exchange standard transferred

Clear and explicit exchange of domain-specific SE information

Systems engineering (SE) is now an essential part of the Dutch civil engineering sector. The ever-greater application of BIM is being accompanied by a growing need for exchanging SE information digitally. Together with the 4P SE Steering Group, the Building Information Council (BIR) therefore set up the ‘SE BIM Working Group’ in 2015, with the task of developing an SE information model. The 4P SE Steering Group is a partnership body of Rijkswaterstaat, ProRail, Bouwend Nederland, NLIngenieurs, Uneto-VNI, and the Vereniging van Waterbouwers, whose aim is to encourage and coordinate the implementation of SE in the civil engineering sector.  The result of the diligent efforts of the working group, which consists of representatives from ProRail, Rijkswaterstaat, NLingenieurs, Uneto-VNI, Bouwend Nederland, and the Vereniging van Waterbouwers, is the ‘SE exchange standard for the Dutch construction sector’. On 10 May, the SE-BIM Working Group formally presented the standard to those who had commissioned it.

Exchanging SE information
The SE exchange standard lays the foundation for the clear and explicit exchange of domain-specific SE information. The standard serves as a tool with which supply chain partners in the construction sector can describe information from BIM in a more uniform manner, as well as to enrich and to share it. The SE exchange standard can be used by itself, but it also forms the basis for the development of a ‘COINS 2.0 SE reference framework’ by the COINS Technical Management Group. The reference framework is expected to be available from the autumn, when it will be tested in a number of practical situations. The SE Exchange Standard can be found using this link. A supervisory group from the BIR and the 4P SE Steering Group is now in the process of preparing the test phase of the standard.

International GEO | Design + BIM conference on 23-24 November 2017

GeoBIM Europe and GeoDesign Summit Europe joining forces

The annual international GeoBIM Europe conference has joined forces with the GeoDesign Summit Europe. The integrated GEO|Design + BIM conference will be held on 23 and 24 November in the Novotel in Amsterdam. The combination of the two platforms will result in an even more interesting range of subjects, varying from design, engineering, and completion to management, and from spatial analysis to planning. BIM Loket is involved with the conference as a strategic partner. BIM Loket is organizing a workshop dedicated to open standards in the international context.

GeoBIM Europe has been a useful meeting place for the worlds of BIM and geo information for several years now. The key feature of Geo and BIM is the ‘I’ for information, which a variety of areas (GIS, BIM, asset management) all have in common. Those taking part include experts from different European countries, as well as from the US, Canada, Singapore, India, and elsewhere.

Download the brochure.

News in brief

CB-NL version 1.2 published
An update to CB-NL, the Dutch Concepts Library for the built environment, has been published. Release 1.2 (dated 20170401) consists of corrections to a series of errors, the addition of several terms, and a mapping based on Rioned’s ‘Gemeenschappelijk Woordenboek Stedelijk Water’ (‘common dictionary of urban water’). Because a new release of NEN2767-4 has been published, the mapping based on CB-NL has been adjusted accordingly. The new release can be found in the CB-NL viewer:

Steel industry making the move to digitization with ETIM and SALES
Bouwen met Staal, the Staalfederatie Nederland, and the Samenwerkende Nederlandse Staalbouw, concluded an agreement on 25 April with Ketenstandaard Bouw en Installatie and 2BA. As a result, they are now able to use the ETIM and SALES standards and the sector product number datapool 2BA. Steel producers, dealers, steel processors and their software partners have successfully conducted a number of pilot schemes in the past year in order to test the feasibility of their mutual digital communications, based on the ETIM standard for classification and SALES standard for electronic communications. This means the steel industry is benefiting from the many years’ experience acquired in the construction sector of digital cooperation in accordance with these standards. At the same time, the steel industry is supplying products and services for the construction sector, thereby completing the digital connection with that sector. Read more… (in Dutch only).

ETIM recognized by BuildingSmart International
BuildingSmart International has recognized the ETIM standard as the worldwide standard for product classification. This means that information can be exchanged using BIM models more effectively. It represents a significant breakthrough for the construction sector and the application of product data in ETIM. Read more... (in Dutch)

Marc Habets moves from Ketenstandaard to ETIM international
Marc Habets, who until recently was the head of standardization at Ketenstandaard Bouw & Installatie, has moved to ETIM international. He started work there as technical director on 1 April. Now, as ‘quartermaster’, he is going to further enhance the professional status of ETIM International. For Ketenstandaard, it is an advantage that the ETIM International technical director is from the Netherlands. Read more… (in Dutch)


6 October 2017
BIM Loket Knowledge Day
Kontakt der Kontinenten, Soesterberg
call for proposals

10 October 2017
BIM Education Day
Jaarbeurs Utrecht

21-22 November 2017
1931 in ’s-Hertogenbosch

23-24 November 2017
GEO|Design + BIM
Novotel Amsterdam
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