18 nov 2019

Royal HaskoningDHV took part in the buildingSMART International Standards Summit in Beijing last month, with experts from Rail, Tunnel, Maritime and Aviation sectors playing an active role. The theme of the event was ‘Towards a Digital Future.’

Royal HaskoningDHV discusses the digital future at buildingSMART Summit 2019 | Royal Haskoning

Image: Gerard van der Veer and Chris Andre in the Airports Room | buildingSMART International

The summit takes place every six months and brings together a strong international community from across the construction industry to share and celebrate progress and work together towards the organisation’s aims of creating and adopting open international standards for digital transformation.

Royal HaskoningDHV discusses the digital future at buildingSMART Summit 2019 | Royal Haskoning

Image: Beijing Panel at buildingSMART International Standards Summit | buildingSMART International

Royal HaskoningDHV has been an international member for two years, and also takes an active role in the regional chapters in the UK and the Netherlands. UK Director of Digital, Casey Rutland, currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the UK chapter.

Mike Ramsay, Maritime & Aviation Technical Director at Royal HaskoningDHV, took part in a panel discussion at the summit, alongside fellow experts from China Construction Communications Co. (CCCC), China Railway and others, on ‘How can we speed up the digitisation of the construction industry?’

He was also part of a judging panel for the Summit’s annual awards and joined a roundtable discussion on Smart Cities.

Speaking about the event, Mike said: “We were thrilled to be at the latest buildingSMART Summit, and to take an active part in the development programmes: Dan Peel in Ports and Waterways, Gerard van der Veer and Chris Andre in Airports, Peter Boom in Rail and Ying Li in Tunnels. It’s been a privilege to watch the organisation grow and see its impact around the world. We are actively looking at expanding our participation.

“This year’s event was another big step towards open and integrated digital ways of working and it was a great opportunity to come together to celebrate progress – and also see where we must head next.”

Royal HaskoningDHV discusses the digital future at buildingSMART Summit 2019 | Royal Haskoning

Image: Dan Peel at IFC Ports and Waterways | Royal HaskoningDHV 

buildingSMART was formed in 1995 as an international community of like-minded industry players seeking to standardise and integrate digital information collaboration across the built asset industry – and is 100% industry funded.

It has developed and published many open ISO standards, with IFC (Industry Foundation Class – a format ensuring rich interoperable data exchange) being the most well-known.