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FIATECH Announces Interoperability Vision Paper and Requests Nominations for Technical Guidance Committee

At the 2011 FIATECH Technology Conference and Showcase two weeks ago, FIATECH announced the development of an Interoperability Vision Paper to provide an industry vision for advancing interoperability.

The objectives of the Interoperability Vision Paper are as follows:

  • Capture the current state & value of interoperability in the plant, building and construction industries, with case studies.
  • Present a vision for advancing interoperability to benefit projects and standards efforts among the many entities that interact within the industry.
  • Deliver a call to action.

The development of the paper is sponsored by a FIATECH Board Steering Committee. Additionally, a Technical Guidance Committee is being established to contribute to the development and review content of the Interoperability Vision Paper. This team will contribute and validate FIATECH's industry interoperability approach and provide recommendations for achieving goals outlined and illustrated by the Capital Projects Technology Roadmap.

FIATECH is announcing a call for nominations for volunteers to serve on the Interoperability Vision Paper Technical Guidance Committee. It is intended that the Technical Guidance Committee will be made up of 10 to 12 participants representing a wide diversity of industry stakeholders, but not exclusive to FIATECH members. The Paper has been initiated by the FIATECH Board Steering Committee and is scheduled to be completed by October 2011. Participation in the Technical Guidance Committee would include monthly conference calls, input on existing materials and references, feedback on proposed content and format, review of reference material, submittal of proposed information, and review of draft sections, information and materials.

Candidates with diverse industry backgrounds are desired representing  private and public sectors, owner and operators, designers (architects, engineers, technicians), EPC's, procurement services, equipment suppliers, constructors, service providers, academic and industry leaders. Specifically, FIATECH seeks candidates who possess the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge and practical industry implementation of capital project delivery processes, systems, and tools.
  • Working experience in technical delivery, management and/or operations of capital projects and infrastructure facilities.
  • Working knowledge of existing industry standards (such as IFC or ISO/PAS 16739, ISO 15926, ISO/TC 184, ISO 13374, COBie and other industry standards).
  • Experience with existing building architectural, engineering and process engineering tools and systems.
  • Knowledge of interoperability and related information technology tools applied within industry.

Individuals may apply for, or nominate another individual for, membership on the Technical Guidance Committee. Each application or nomination must include:

  (a) the name of the applicant or nominee and a statement of his or her qualifications to participate on the Committee; and

  (b) the applicant's or nominee's e-mail address and telephone number.

Nominations should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All nominations must be submitted by May 16, 2011. After receiving nominations, FIATECH will quickly select the members and initiate activity on the Technical Guidance Committee.

The Committee's first monthly web conference will be scheduled within 30 days after FIATECH has selected the members of the Committee, and should last no longer than two hours. Web conferencing documents will be sent beforehand to committee members for review and to provide input.