Academic Interoperability Coalition


Academic Interoperability Coalition

for Building Information Modeling (BIM) Education 


The AiC has several projects underway that may be of interest to you. We are open to all educators involved in the life cycle of BIM. We would like to see multiple participants from various colleges of the same university who can identify how BIM is being integrated into the curriculum. Go to the contact us section below to sign up. There is no charge to join. 

We have a monthly program and business meeting, typically on the first Thursday of the month at 11 am eastern time. See meetings for the latest dial-in information and agenda.

We have an annual symposium in the Spring; the schedule for submission of abstracts and papers can be found under Meetings & Resources

Work continues on the Body of Knowledge. Plan to get involved in helping to define the future of BIM education. 

AiC Brings Value

Testimonial From Dr. Bill East, Ph.D. - Better Information Management (BIM) with Lean Handover

The AiC's BIM Body of Knowledge is an incredible product that should be the basis for all BIM courses. This goes for academic, commercial, and not-for-profit education and training courses.

Only with a common, comprehensive, and non-proprietary definition of BIM tasks and associated knowledge is it possible to identify BIM courses and certifications that provide value.... (and we have all encountered courses and certifications that provide no lasting value, haven't we) ...

The educational design demonstrated in AiC's BIM BOK was a critical resource for bSI's COBie Certification Subcommittee during the creation of the COBie Educational Curriculum, which led to the COBie Foundation and Practitioner exam contents and COBie Registered Training Provider requirements.

Many thanks to Dana Kennish "Deke" Smith, FAIA Emeritus, FbSI Raymond Issa, and all the other members of the AiC for their efforts!  




Creating a collaborative educational environment that integrates all aspects of the facility life cycle so that graduates have a comprehensive broad-based understanding of the facilities industry while identifying a narrow focus area within which to specialize.


To identify and act upon issues related to transforming facilities education to meet the needs of a collaborative life cycle focused facilities industry in the information age.


The initial strategy will focus on six areas:

1.       Establish a steering group of enlightened educators to coordinate the efforts of the coalition.

2.       Expand the academic coalition to include multiple disciplines from multiple academic institutions engaged in educating future facility practitioners.

3.       Organize and manage the publication of articles to educate the facilities industry in multiple venues. Develop a juried on-line journal by invitation based on submissions from the annual meeting.

4.       Coordinate an academic symposium, once a year, to present the most notable academic approaches to transforming the facilities industry.

5.       Develop a compendium of research being accomplished at colleges and universities and publish references. 

6.       Be the primary source identifying the common Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Attributes/Abilities for BIM based on ISO 17024 and be recognized as the basis for future common coursework worldwide for providing BIM education and the foundation of certification. 


There is currently no cost to joining the AIC, although there will be a cost to attend the annual conference to defray the costs of that event. 


We have links with the buildingSMART International and the BIM Forum, but are not directly associated with either at this time. We are an independent organization of educators, subject matter experts and industry partners associated to further the teaching methods related to BIM. We offer no certificates or credentialing although are creating the foundations for both.  


We hold an annual symposium in March/April time frame. The 2020 event is scheduled to be at University of Oklahoma April 6-7. This will be our 14th such event. The primary focus of the two-day event is presentation of juried papers delivered by educators from around the world. See the announcement of the annual symposium by clicking here


Arizona State University               

Carnegie Mellon University             

East Carolina University                   

Georgia Southern University                  

Illinois Institute of Technology                

John Brown University                  

McHenry County College                  

North Carolina A&T University                   

Pittsburg State University

Penn State University   

Shoreline Community College

University of Alaska    

University of Buffalo     

University of  Houston     

University of Nevada - Las Vegas      

University of North Carolina - Charlotte  

University of Pittsburg    

University of Southern Mississippi

University of Texas - San Antonio  

Virginia Tech  

Weber State University  

Western Kentucky University  

Woodbury University      

Brigham YoungUniversity

Colorado State University

Fresno State University 

Georgia Tech

Illinois State University

Louisiana State University

New York University

North Dakota State University

Northern Kentucky University

Philadelphia University 

Purdue University

Stanford University

University of Arkansas

University of Cincinnati

University of Florida

University of New Mexico

University of Oklahoma

University of Southern California

University of Texas – Austin

University of Washington

Washington State University

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Western Michigan University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 


Birmingham City University  

Dublin City University

Dublin Institute of Technology

École de technologie supérieure

Harbin Institute of Technology

Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia

Loughborough University

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Poznan University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology Sungkyunkwan University

Trinity College

Ulster University

University of Salford

United Arab Emirates University

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

University of Huddersfield

University of Indonesia

University of Liverpool

University of Maribor, Slovenia

Yonsei University   


Agile Handover

Caddell Construction
United Mechanical, Inc.  
University of Colorado Health
Clark Construction Group 
O'Neil & Manion Architects P.A. 
The Whiting-Turner Contracting  Company 
Washington State Univ - Facilities Services, Admin.

 JE Dunn Construction Company


DPR Construction


PenBay Solutions

SBI International

Southland Industries

Dvirka & Bartilucci Engineers and Architects

ProdigyAE Inc. Philippines | 3DProdigy Singapore | 5DProdigy Philippines

Design BIM Group

Austin Commercial

Morris Architects

Stanford Healthcare

Alvine and Associates


The BIM Factory



R. Raymond Issa, Ph.D

Director of M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management Director of Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management

University of Florida


Tammy L. McCuen, Ph.D

Professor and Director Kenneth Robson BIM+Viz Lab Robert E. Busch Endowed Professor of Construction Science Construction Science Division Gibbs College of Architecture 

Oklahoma University


Wei Wu, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Lyes College of Engineering

Construction Management

Fresno State University


Sadly, our friend Glenda passed away in 2022, may she forever be in our hearts. 

Glenda Mayo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management

The William States Lee College of Engineering

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Dana K. Smith FAIA Emeritus

President, DKS Information Consulting


A systematic Building Information Modeling (BIM) framework features cutting-edge use cases and competencies for students and professionals pursuing BIM careers.

Developing BIM Talent: A Guide to the BIM Body of Knowledge with Metrics, KSAs, and Learning Outcomes leads readers through the process of implementing a state-of-the-art BIM training and education program. Authored by a team of celebrated and highly qualified scholars and practitioners, this exciting new BIM education and workforce development guide offers a roadmap that navigates readers through the comprehensive BIM metrics and KSAs detailed in the BIM Body of Knowledge sponsored by the Academic Interoperability Coalition (AiC). Developing BIM Talent offers:

  • A solid foundation and guidelines for educators and practitioners for starting or enhancing a BIM curriculum or training program
  • Templates, expert interviews, and case studies that provide in-depth knowledge and lessons learned that can facilitate process changes and strategic action plans
  • Strategies for standardizing emerging BIM job tasks, descriptions, and methods for benchmarking performance

This guide to contemporary and comprehensive metrics of BIM competency is an essential resource for corporate trainers and instructors teaching BIM, human resources professionals charged with recruiting BIM talent, as well as leadership interested in credentialing and BIM certification programs.


If you would like to to be a part of the Academic Interoperability Coalition, or if you have some unanswered questions, please drop us a note and we will respond as soon as possible.  Thank you.