Be part of IBO21’s communications

A pragmatic approach must be adopted with a collective sharing of knowledge as it is acquired : do take part in the InfraBIM Open call for papers, to help BIM Infra progress together to face nowadays challenges. 

What can we say today? BIM in Infrastructure projects is now widely deployed. openBIM is defined by two the approaches : one leads to the provision of information to describe the digital asset; the other follows the standardized processes of contracts. Altogether, it makes the traceability essential for confidence. Thus the work to develop openBIM has reached a high level of maturity with tangible results. This work is the fruit of the players in the Infra sector, creating an ecosystem ready to rapidly deploy openBIM in all projects over the entire life cycle of a project.

In addition to that :

  • the state-of-the-art underlines that openBIM needs to be complemented by openGIS for example.
  • standardization works, as well as actual projects, reveal a major evolution : the growing involvement of asset owners (openBIM specification works, participation to collaborative processes...). 
  • a European openBIM calendar is taking shape, linked to the global warming issue and the need for monitoring a « Digital-twin » because of "connected infrastructures".

This 4th edition of InfraBIM Open should be an opportunity to highlight to public and private players the quality of the openBIM’s works carried out for public procurement. As openBIM optimizes a structure over its entire lifespan (from APS to design, the works themselves, operation, rehabilitation/modifications for new uses and even deconstruction), we expect communications which report on it by projects aspects. The themes and fields proposed in the call for papers for IBO21 should highlight the diversity and maturity of openBIM in the world of Infrastructures.



Submission lines
The list of proposed thematic in this call illustrates the main lines of current thoughts and the work in progress to meet the expectations of today and tomorrow. They are given as examples and are not exhaustive.

  • openBIM usage in design process and construction site in real projects
  • Project management 2.0 through the openBIM
  • Modeling and data sustainability (IFC progress).
  • Data management (management  of uncertainties and tolerance…), classification, continuity and PLM.
  • Process management, platforms as CDE. 
  • Infrastructure and Smart-Cities, IOT, Systems.
  • Retro engineering  (during the lifecycle).
  • Industry 4.0 ( block chain, Artificial Intelligence, Big-Data ).
  • Low carbon strategy.
  • Interoperability  (openBIM, openGIS, WBS modeling, other standards). 
  • BIM strategy and deployment.
  • Legal aspects (open data, intellectual property in openBIM environment, responsibilities…).

By domains
Communication proposals should integrate one of the domains below to contribute to the debates on the different aspects of openBIM applied to Infra. The structuring by domains is to be cross-referenced with the submission’s lines because the meetings, the round tables and sessions will be organized according to one or the other of the items.

  • Roads and streets
  • Railways and trams
  • Bridges, tunnels and structures
  • Airports
  • Utilities and distribution networks
  • Ports and Waterways
  • Urban planning and construction
  • Landscaping and areal planning
  • Geotechnics
  • Surveying
  • Maintenance
  • ….


So your proposal could be presented as : 

  • Case study
  • Technical solutions
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Education, skills and Research 



Criteria of evaluation 
When writing your proposal, please try to answer the following questions: Is my topic new and/or special? Is it related to concrete projects or the use of standards?
You will have to describe how does your proposal contribute to openBIM. In fact, the 1st evaluation criterion will focus on whether the communication contributes to the enrichment of current knowledge of openBIM : practical, technical, theoretical. 
The originality, coherence and argumentation of the communication will of course be taken into account.  A good knowledge of the current work of the different European working groups - on openBIM and openGIS - will be appreciated.
Finally, the readability and clarity of the communication will be a guarantee of debate and appropriation by the community.



How to proceed

  • Proposal submission can be done only via the website.
  • Presentations are accepted based on the abstract text. Maximum length of a proposal is 500 words. 
  • When submitting, you are asked to : (all mandatory)
  • Choose the most suitable submission thematic and domain (see below).
  • List all authors involved in the work.
  • Name the speakers(presenting the topic in the conference) and contacts (people who will receive all the emails from the organizer). 
  • Provide a bio for the speakers( 300 words) and headshot of the presenting author (square, File type – PNG).
  • Inform us if the topic has been presented already.
  • Describe how does your proposal contribute to openBIM (cf introduction of the call)

Later on, presentation slides will be required to be uploaded into the same database as abstracts, names, images and bios. The database is integrated into an online program that will be used by event participants. 


Author registration requested.
Speakers have to register :

  • The main presenting author pay a reduced registration fee of 200 EUR (+ VAT 20 %) before the 1st of April 2021. 
  • The extra presenting authors pay the regular fee. 



  • Proposal submission deadline : January 31st  2021.
  • Notification of Proposals : February 1st and March 25th.
  • Registration and payment deadline for participants : April 1st.
  • 7th-9th of June 2021 InfraBIM Open Conference, Lyon, France.


Any questions ?

  • For administrative questions about the event, please contact guersendre.nagy(@)