NIBS Responds to the Growing Importance of Digital Technology in Building

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In response to the growing importance and diversity of digital technologies in building, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) today announced it would be renaming its Building Information Management Council to the Digital Technology Council.

While the Digital Technology Council will reportedly continue building upon the work started and furthermore accomplished by its predecessor group, the scope of priorities is expected to increase.

In its official statement, the Institute said that this development “reflects the rapid expansion of digital technology in the built environment” and as a result it will be “expanding the focus areas of the council.”

In a statement accompanying the announcement, Stephen T. Ayers, interim president and CEO of NIBS, gave insight into the new Council’s future work.

“The Digital Technology Council aims to advance digital transformation through the delivery of consensus-based industry standards, research, and thought leadership,” Ayers said. “We are excited for this new chapter.”

NIBS intends to host an town hall-style forum to field questions regarding the change, but in the meantime released the leadership roster for the Digital Technology Council. It includes Rachel Riopel, Digital Practice Leader, HDR; Alex Belkofer, Senior VDC Director, Virtual Design & Construction, McCarthy Building Companies (a BuiltWorlds member company); and Zahra Ghorbani, BIM Manager, Office of Physical Plant, Penn State.