AAMA Works to Develop BIM Standard
October 13, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is discussing
the need to develop a standard for fenestration products within
building information modeling (BIM) programs. During its National
Fall Conference, which took place September 20-23, the AAMA BIM
Task Group met to discuss the need for a standard addressing fenestration
products within BIM with a goal to ballot a copy of the document
by September 2010.
"The AAMA BIM Task Group will be the driving force in identifying
important attributes of fenestration products to incorporate into
BIM tools, making it easier for specifiers to utilize these building
products in their projects," says Rich Walker, AAMA president
and chief executive officer.
During the meeting of the task group, chairman Mike Turner (YKK
AP America Inc.) presented thoughts on how to create an AAMA BIM
standard, as there is variation in specific models across the industry.
According to Walker, the purpose of developing a standard for commercial
fenestration products is to better assist users of BIM files in
understanding the level of information contained within the manufacturer's
model. A standard will benefit the overall industry by standardizing
the data contained within the model so that BIM can be implemented
across a broad range of products efficiently and effectively.
The task group is currently in the process of preparing content
for a survey that will be distributed to architects, specifiers
and general contractors. Once the survey content is developed, a
link to the completed survey will be posted on the AAMA website.
The survey results will then be reviewed at the AAMA 73rd Annual
Conference to be held February 14-17, 2010, in Palm Springs, Calif.
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