InPro is an Integrated Project co-financed by the European Commission focusing on Information and Processes within the early design phases of construction projects. It is set to achieve the development and deployment of an Open Information Environment that enables the various stakeholders in early design to collaborate based on the building information modeling principle. AEC3 has been chosen as full partner in the project in recognition of its outstanding competence in specifying and developing buildingSMART interoperable solutions and its longtime experience in driving industry standardization.
The purpose of a building code is to establish minimum requirements necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare in the built environment. The International Code Council (ICC), a US based membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops codes for use within the US and elsewhere to construct residential and commercial buildings. Most U.S. cities, counties and states have elected to base their requirements on ICC codes.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the new approach to describing and displaying the information required for the design, construction and operation of constructed facilities. A key to this is the knowledge that the quality of communication between different participants in the construction process needs improvement. To make this happen, there must be a common understanding of construction processes and of the information that they use and provide. This development is currently undertaken by AEC3 in Norway as the Information Delivery Manual.
AEC3 joined with colleagues to demonstrate progress in the development of SMARTcodes at the recent annual conference in Reno, Nevada of the International Code Council, who are "well on their way to achieving the goal of making instant code checking possible in the United States".
Electrical design is just one of the industry sectors for which information exchange is supported by the IFC model. It has become one of the most significant IFC domain models over the past few years as a result of the keen interest that has been taken in its creation and extension to support projects in Norway and Germany.
The STAND-INN project has been set up under the Europe INNOVA programme as a network to provide guidance on the use of standards and best working practices in the area of sustainable construction.