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AISC and IAI Begin Work on International Model for EDI

July 07, 2004 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

The American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. (AISC) and the International Alliance for Interoperability have formed an alliance to work cooperatively to advance the use of new technology in the AEC industry.

"The first effort is to develop a joint technical advisory committee," explained Gabe Coleman, AISC's Director of Information Technology. "This committee's charter will be to develop the business cases for "harmonization" of the CIS/2 and IFC (IAI) data exchange standards. The goal is to seamlessly integrate structural steel into the overall building information model (BIM)--the electronic 3D representation of a building, seen to be the future method of AEC industry production."

According to a memorandum of understanding signed by the two groups, the goals of the alliance are to:

  • Foster a strong, continuing alliance to better serve the construction industry, AISC members, and IAI members.
  • Provide an effective communication and coordination mechanism to enable AISC and IAI to work effectively on specific projects.
  • Leverage the strengths of our organizations to develop unique products and services that will expand each other's markets, better serve our members and customers, and better serve the industry.
  • Collaborate on select national issues in order for the construction and structural steel community to have the greatest impact on these issues.

As part of the alliance, AISC has been invited to present at IAI meetings in Bath, United Kingdom, and Munich, Germany in 2004.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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