The Birth of a New BIM Standard: From PED 2018 to 2023, New Parameters and Workflows "Going Live" for Everyone


  • Asim Siddiqui University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • Peter Thompson University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Peter Lawrence University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • Angelika Kneidl accu:rate GmbH, Germany
  • Rainer Könnecke IST GmbH, Germany
  • Roland Geraerts uCrowds, The Netherlands
  • Simon Brunner accu:rate GmbH, Germany



Information delivery specification, Building Information Modelling, Pedestrian Dynamics, Industry Foundation Classes, Pedestrian modelling tools


Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become the de facto standard for the digital representation of buildings. However, from the pedestrian dynamics perspective, BIM Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) schema specification do not fully support data properties required for two-way data sharing with pedestrian modelling tools. An international team of academic and industry researchers, supported by buildingSMART International (bSI), is developing an Occupant Movement Analysis (OMA) standard. The project is focused on expanding the IFC schema specification to support workflows for pedestrian simulation tools and is close to completion. So far, multiple process maps and a list of data properties synchronised with several representative pedestrian modelling tools have been produced. This list of data properties was then converted into bSI's recommended flexible and machine interpretable Information Delivery Specification (IDS) format for specifying data exchange requirements and to add clarity. Currently, this is undergoing testing and review by the project team. Once completed, it will be submitted to bSI’s committees for review. Also, to support this work, a prototype open-source Add-in has been developed to demonstrate a two-way integrated data sharing between BIM authoring tools and pedestrian simulation tools. This standard will enhance data sharing between BIM authoring and pedestrian modelling tools by facilitating the capturing of the required data and addressing friction in multiple design iterations and reassessment.


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How to Cite

Siddiqui, A., Thompson, P., Lawrence, P., Kneidl, A., Könnecke, R., Geraerts, R., & Brunner, S. (2024). The Birth of a New BIM Standard: From PED 2018 to 2023, New Parameters and Workflows "Going Live" for Everyone. Collective Dynamics, 9, 1–7.



Special Issue of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2023