Open BIM Alliance Activities

  • Act as a conduit for the delivery of accredited industry courses.
  • Provide media for member’s information exchange – e.g. web site/forums, conferences.
  • Deliver regular informative seminars with specific focus of Open BIM in practice – e.g. live demonstration of vendor interoperability.
  • Communicate and promote the activities of the alliance to the wider industry via media, articles, advertising, partners and members.
  • Write and distribute a regular newsletter containing application features and case studies.

Open BIM Alliance Objectives

  • Represent the views of the international OPEN BIM groups particularly in U.K. and Norway.
  • Engage with the Aust. Construction Industry as the neutral voice of open communication process and protocols.
  • Support the Australian Government Innovation strategy for the Construction Industry.
  • Represent the views of alliance members to industry and government.
  • Inform the industry of Open BIM process/technology developments and applications.
  • Offer non-proprietary implementation guidance.
  • Work with academia on the development of Open BIM education.

The OPEN BIM Alliance is open to all stakeholders including clients, consultants, designers, contractors, vendors and operators of assets – providing that they meet the simple criteria of endorsing OPEN BIM as the internationally accepted ISO16739:2005 standard for collaboration.

BIM is essentially a means of sharing information. It therefore needs a means of sharing, which in turn needs a:

  • A common language.
  • A platform to communicate the common language.
  • A willingness to communicate the common language.

There are three ways that BIM can be applied, Bespoke, Single (Closed) and Common (Open).


Everyone learns everyone else’s language.

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Everyone, bar one, has to change their language.

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Everyone uses their own language with a common interpreter.

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Why is it important? 

  • Open BIM supports a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the software tools they use.
  • Open BIM creates a common language for widely referenced processes, allowing industry and government to procure projects in transparent commercial engagement, comparable service evaluation and assured data quality.
  • Open BIM provides enduring project data for use throughout the asset life-cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors.
  • Open BIM enables small and large (platform) software vendors to participate and compete on system independent, ‘best of breed’ solutions.
  • Open BIM incorporates product supply, enabling product data to be imported directly into the model.

Why will Open BIM succeed?

  • Best in Class, Fit for Purpose
  • Competition
  • Application


  • BIM is a business process that enables all stakeholders’ access to the information they need when they need it.
  • To deploy BIM successfully, a means to exchange data between software tools has to be found.
  • IFC already exists as a free at the point of issue data exchange protocol.
  • It is currently the only viable means of universal data exchange that works.
  • There are a number of compelling reasons why it will succeed as described above.


Download the Submission prepared by the ‘OpenBIM Alliance’:


Download Minister Kate Lundy’s response:

Letter to OBA 2013-04-15 – signed


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