Stuttgart, GERMANY. September 2013, the end-to-end project management system RIB iTWO 5D for company-wide, model-based cost planning and scheduling, was this month awarded the certificate for importing IFC data in-line with the certification program 2.0. This is the first ever certificate awarded by buildingSMART International to a software solution for import of BIM data (building information modeling) models in accordance with current inspection standards. RIB iTWO allows for the import of 3D models from CAD systems by various, market-leading manufacturers, enabling real end-to-end project handling based on a three-dimensional model in all project phases. iTWO gives the option of using a BIM model to actively edit and track time and cost information throughout the entire life-cycle of a building project. All parties in the building project are actively involved, and receive the information that they need to complete their individual tasks.
Eight CAD systems have previously been certified for the data export of selected building elements, in accordance with the buildingSMART certification program 2.0. As of now, the certification of iTWO 5D guarantees security for BIM model data imports with all of these CAD systems.
Thomas Liebich, head of IFC development at buildingSMART, emphasizes that, “as publisher of the open BIM standard, IFC, buildingSMART International is highly focused on compliance with quality guidelines when realizing software products, and has therefore re-worked the certification. RIB iTWO 5D 2013 has received the first ever import certification that, in combination with the systems certified for IFC export, will mark a new era in the reliability of open IFC data exchange.”
Wolfgang Müller, director of product management at RIB Software AG, adds, “There is now a neutral, provably reliable protocol available for selected building processes, which exists alongside the software houses’ own data formats, for the exchange of model information during the building process. RIB iTWO 5D 2013 uses BIM planning information for end-to-end building management with model-driven cost planning and scheduling, and so makes a major contribution to reducing project risks.” RIB Software AG has been a buildingSMART member for more than 10 years, and has spent many of those, actively working to promote simple, secure data exchange for building projects. This manufacturer from Stuttgart believes that the certification of a standard data exchange format is a key element of security. In the past, RIB has been a pioneer in new certifications for data exchange. In the 1990’s the company was Germany’s first building software house to receive certification for the GAEB (Gemeinsamer Ausschuss für Elektronik im Bauwesen) interface; which is software for project and cost management. With the buildingSMART certification for BIM model data imports, RIB hopes to see benefits for customers that use iTWO 5D in international building projects – in the private and in the public sector.
The certification program 2.0 differs from its’ predecessor, IFC2x, due to the enhanced quality assurance measures for IFC interfaces. In this way, project partners can enjoy greater security when exchanging data regarding building information.
IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is a data exchange format for BIM models at international level. Today, around 150 software providers around the world exchange data via IFC.
About buildingSMART e.V.
As a chapter of buildingSMART International the German-speaking buildingSMART e. V. aims to improve the planning, construction and management of buildings through efficient methods of integrated information processing. These methods are focused on Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a new method, based on digital building models. To ensure an open BIM application buildingSMART designs and certifies standards such as IFC, develops specifications for new processes, roles, and performance specifications, and defines educational standards. The association is open to all individuals, companies, and institutions involved in the planning and construction business. More information: www.buildingsmart.de.