Client News 10/9/09

AAMA takes the lead on BIM for windows and doors

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces that it is the first association to develop a standard for fenestration products within building information modeling (BIM) programs. During the AAMA National Fall Conference, Sept. 20-23, the AAMA BIM Task Group met to discuss the need for a standard addressing fenestration products within BIM with a goal to ballot a copy of the document by September 2010.

“The AAMA BIM Task Group will be the driving force in identifying important attributes of fenestration products to incorporate into BIM tools, making it easier for specifiers to utilize these building products in their projects,” states Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO.

The purpose in developing a standard for commercial fenestration products is to better assist users of BIM files in understanding the level of information contained within the manufacturer’s model. A standard will benefit the overall industry by standardizing the data contained within the model so that BIM can be implemented across a broad range of products efficiently and effectively, according to Walker.

The task group is currently in the process of preparing content for a survey that will be distributed to architects, specifiers and general contractors. Once the survey content is developed, a link to the completed survey will be posted on the AAMA Web site. The survey results will then be reviewed at the AAMA 73rd Annual Conference to be held Feb. 14-17, 2010, in Palm Springs, Calif.

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