GSA and Senate Properties Strategic Effort with Solibri and Granlund

United States General Services Administration Public Buildings Service and Senate Properties (Finland) partner to fund a strategic effort with Olof Granlund Oy and Solibri, Inc. to harmonize BIM Guide Development efforts in support of BIM-enabled building life cycle management.

For Immediate Release

This is an international co-operation project between two property owners—the Office of the Chief Architect with the Public Buildings Service of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Senate Properties—and two BIM solution providers—Granlund and Solibri.

Both GSA and Senate Properties have played critical leadership roles in their respective regions to promote Building Information Modeling (BIM), and have encouraged Architects and Engineers to use powerful new tools. Now it’s a good time to leverage work done and utilize the cumulated knowledge and experience to benefit both.

“Public owners like Senate Properties and GSA share similar business challenges, responsibilities, and influences in our respective regions; both organizations have demonstrated a strong commitment to a strategic and incremental adoption of BIM based on Open Standards. Rather than developing and publishing BIM requirements and guidance with our respective contractors, this collaborative project enables us to start exploring the power of synergy and knowledge sharing with a group of international experts in the field”, says Calvin Kam Ph.D., National 3D-4D-BIM Program Manager with GSA Office of the Chief Architect.

Both GSA and Senate Properties have published BIM guides. Parties having somewhat different focus areas will learn from each other. Harmonizing of these practical BIM guides, and especially technical requirements, together with Granlund’s and Solibri’s BIM expertise will benefit both organizations and the broader construction industry at large.

“We want to add to our BIM requirements improved energy guidelines, especially from the perspective of target criteria, in order to enable energy monitoring and consumption verification during operation phase of a new investment”, says Aulis Kohvakka the CEO of Senate Properties.

Both GSA and Senate Properties fully support open standard-based Building Information Modeling approach, such as the BuildingSMART / International Alliance of Interoperability efforts.

GSA and Senate Properties are also drafting a joint statement with public owners in Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, the objective is to promote broader open standard-based BIM adoption in the global construction industry.

About GSA

Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government's total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA's mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions. For more information about GSA’s National 3D-4D-BIM Program, visit

About Senate Properties

Senate Properties - Finland`s largest property asset manager - is a government-owned enterprise responsible for managing and letting the property assets of the Finnish state. The property stock includes university, office, research, cultural, and other buildings. Senate Properties mainly lets premises to government bodies.

Since 2001, Senate Properties has carried out a number of pilot projects to develop and study the use of Building Information Modeling. Based on feedback from these, Senate Properties has assessed BIM technology to be sufficiently ready for putting to use in ordinary project work, and the company has decided to require models meeting the IFC standard in its projects as of 1st October 2007.

About Olof Granlund Oy

Granlund is Finland’s leading Building Services consulting firm, which employs 350 experts. The core businesses are building services design and facility management consulting. Granlund’s operations are based on its own integrated BIM-based energy and building services tool, which also are commercially available. Different analysis, visualization and reporting tools generate reliable and visible information that supports decision-making based on environmental and life cycle impacts through the whole building life cycle. In this project, Granlund’s thermal analysis tool RIUSKATM and spatial requirements management tool ROOMEXTM are used and developed to efficiently benefit BIM and the requirements by GSA and Senate Properties.


About Solibri, Inc.

Solibri, Inc. develops and markets Quality Assurance solutions that improve the quality of BIM and make the entire design process more productive. Customer base contains a growing number of building owners and users, construction companies, architects, and engineering firms world-wide. In this project, Solibri Model CheckerTM is used and developed:

  • To assure that the required information is available
  • To get acquainted with the architectural design of the building including reports, calculated ratios relevant for the energy analysis
  • To pass the information fluently to further utilization by energy analysis tools

For more information please contact:

GSA PBS Office of Chief Architect Senate Properties

Charles Matta Kari Ristolainen, architect

Director, FAIA Project Manager

+1 (202) 219 2355 +358 (0) 400 445321

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