The ACI Foundation's Strategic Development Council (SDC) has announced a donation matching campaign to support funding for the next phase of developing industry standards for Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems. SDC will commit up to $100,000 for this project by matching dollar-for-dollar commitments in support of Phase 3 of ongoing research to develop industry standards for exchanging digital information for cast-in-place concrete. These standards, known as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), are open, international standard data models for exchange of data in BIM and will permit interoperability among current and future software platforms and programs.

"The effort behind creating industry standards for BIM began eight years ago, and the help of the Strategic Development Council, has been monumental in moving this technology forward," said Peter Carrato, Principal Civil Engineer and Fellow at Bechtel; Founding Chair for ACI 131. "The work of ACI Committee 131 has continued to make an impact; while much work still remains, I'm pleased to see the dedication of committee members and industry supporters alike in achieving our shared vision."

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