The Need for Standards
The Internet is built on open standards. The explosion of linked
information on the web happened at an astounding speed. Web enabled
applications and standards such as Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
are built on open published protocols to exchange information and data
over standard HTTP.
The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) have established
standards and logic for exchanging facility data. Without standards
nothing will be possible. Proprietary applications have been built on a
business model of trapping data in specific formats and making the cost
of shifting to another format very expensive and painful. Proprietary
formats are not based on open standards.
The cost of managing proprietary formats exponentially grows.
In 2006, forward looking facility owners such as the US Coast Guard
"The US Coast Guard owns their data." - David Hammond, Chief, SFCAM
"The US Coast Guard will not accept proprietary data or solutions." -
Paul Herold, Director of LoGIC USCG
Establishing BIM standards, utilizing and supporting IFCs that allow
easier data sharing, defining deliverables for government projects and
other initiatives was well underway. In fact, The National Building
Information Modeling Standards (NBIMS) published version 1 of BIM
standards at the end of 2007. While many thought that initiatives
needed to be finalized before major benefits could be derived from BIM,
first adopters used what was in place, at that time, and gained
dramatic improvements in productivity.
ONUMA, Inc. provides access to the ONUMA System™
data through Web Feature Services using OGC Standards.
Our Web Feature Services standards are published.
We support the International Alliance for Interoperability and
the Buidling Smart Initiative by using IFCs.
Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
ONUMA, Inc. is a member of OGC and supports OGC interoperable
standards. The ONUMA System™ outputs files in CityGML format
for use in other OGC applications. ONUMA, Inc. is inolved with the OGC
OWS 4 Testbed project to link BIM to GIS.
Services Administration (GSA)
We support General Services Administration BIM Guide and
requirements for interoperability by using IFCs. ONUMA, Inc. is one of
the five vendors that are in the first version of the GSA BIM Guide
Appendix. The ONUMA System™ supports GSA requirements by
exporting IFC files with GSA Property Sets.
BIM Guide Appendix
United States Coast Guard
We support the United States Coast Guard's need for
interoperable solutions and BIM