GRAPHISOFT Partners with buildingSMART Korea to Foster National BIM Standards


Budapest, December 18, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with buildingSMART Korea, to assist in the development of the “Open BIM-based Building Design Standard and IT-Infrastructure Construction” efforts in Korea.

The agreement between the parties covers areas including technical collaboration, collaboration on developing and disseminating the Korean BIM standard, and technical support for ArchiCAD users in Korea. As part of the agreement, GRAPHISOFT and buildingSMART Korea will discuss and exchange technical information and advice relevant to the development of ArchiCAD library objects for Korea.

Korea’s interest in introducing BIM to both the public and private sectors dates back several years and the country is now in a good position to establish new, fundamental standards for BIM information integration.

“Working together with buildingSMART Korea will ensure that BIM knowledge continues to grow throughout the country,” said Bence Kovacs, Vice President, GRAPHISOFT Asia. “We look forward to a relationship based on a mutual understanding of and respect for what BIM can do for the AEC industry,” he continued.

Pilhoon Lee, buildingSMART Korea’s chairman, said “We are proud to be working with GRAPHISOFT, the company that invented BIM with its Virtual Building concept back in 1994. We are also committed to ensuring that the standards are firmly rooted in OPEN BIM.”

Currently, buildingSMART Korea is leading a government R&D project regarding the development of the Korea BIM Standard (KBIMS). During the first phase of this project, which should last three years, there will be approximately 3,000 common prototypical library elements developed. The library objects, integrated into a federated BIM model, will include content regarding material, unit cost, standardized details, etc. to facilitate the processing of the information contained therein for multiple purposes, with the overall aim of improving productivity and competitiveness in the Architectural, Engineering & Construction industry in Korea.