BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING GROUP SETS NEW INDUSTRY-WIDE STANDARDS FOR BUILDING INFORMATION MODELS
BIMForum-Crafted Level of Development Specification Set First-Ever Common Guidelines For How Complete Model Elements Need to Be During Design & Construction
A nationwide group of Building Information Modeling users, known as the BIMForum, released the first-of-its kind standard establishing definitions for how complete Building Information Models (BIMs) need to be for different stages of the design and construction process. The new standard, known as the Level of Development Specifications (LOD), was developed under an agreement with the American Institute of Architects. The standard allows everyone involved with construction projects to clearly articulate how detailed model elements for the different building systems are or need to be throughout the design and construction process. For more information go to bimforum.org/lod
The construction industry has long been in need of a precise vocabulary to define each level of production – from initial conception to field-ready. The technology of BIM creates new abilities, but also new challenges. The LOD (Level of Development) Specification answers this by giving clear, specific guidelines to allow smooth communication between design and construction teams and eliminate loss of time, money, and materials. With the recent addition of LOD 350, the verbiage is even more definitive, allowing users to create and fulfill accurate expectations.