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February 13th, 2008
OGC and buildingSMART Alliance Tackle Interoperability Across the Building Life Cycle

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PR – buildingSMART alliance, the OGC and Sponsors of the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) Testbed have today issued a Request for Technology (RFT).

This document provides global software and research communities, business trade organizations and their membership an opportunity to identify their technology solutions relevant to the testbeds three focus areas:

1. Decision support and general communications – connecting building models with business processes

2. Energy analysis during design

3. Cost estimation during design

These three focus areas were selected as offering significant business benefits to the global market for interoperable solutions. Respondents will provide buildingSMART alliance, the OGC and the Sponsors a current and accurate understanding of what technologies the software and research communities are ready to bring to the table for integration into an interoperable environment for commercialization. Respondents throughout the global industry are encouraged to identify their innovative solutions that meet Sponsors requirements; by responding to this request, such solutions can be considered for inclusion in this major initiative.

Effective management of buildings and other capital facilities increasingly requires information exchange with all disciplines and professions that have a stake in the design, construction and operation of those facilities. Numerous information exchange approaches have been developed independently within the community. Understanding how particular exchanges and related technology might best support AECOO end-to-end business practices is a high priority for the industry.

The International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) and its National Chapters and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) including its buildingSMART alliance (the North American Chapter of IAI) and National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) Project have large roles in the ultimate success of this testbed. It is through these organizations that results of the testbed will be delivered.

The RFT is available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/aecoo. Due date for responses is March 10, 2008.

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