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Last updated June 8, 2016

License Types

The body of knowledge embodied within BIM Excellence (BIMe) and the BIM Dictionary (BIMd) has been developed by ChangeAgents AEC pty ltd (CA) based on the academic research of Dr. Bilal Succar. The Intellectual Property (IP) is organized into five categories (called BIMe Knowledge Sets) and is available for 3rd party use under three types of licenses:

  • Type B licenses are available for non-commercial-use with proper attribution to ChangeAgents AEC pty ltd. Any individual or organization (including educational and other not-for-profit entities) will need to accept a Terms of Use statement and/or sign a Knowledge Partnership Agreement [2] before the IP can be used in any form. Type B Licences may or may not include a ‘permission-to-use’ fee:
    • Type B1 license is free
    • Type B2 license requires a one-off payment covering afixed use
    • Type B3 license requires a payment covering a fixed duration (e.g. annual subscription)
  • Type C Licenses are commercial agreements available to CA Client’s and Affiliates:
    • Type C1 license is a fee per-use license granted to Clients
    • Types C2-C5 licences cover varied types of Affiliate Agreements

Licenses across Knowledge Sets

The table below identifies the license type applicable to each Knowledge Set (KS) and its main components. It also identifies the base effort leading to the development and ongoing maintenance of each sets:

Knowledge Sets

License

Base Effort

KS1

Knowledge Foundations (all)

A

Academic Research

KS2

Knowledge Blocks (partial list)

Dictionary Items (Terms & Descriptions only)

X

Proprietary R&D + BIMe Community contributions

Competency Items

B/C

Academic Research + Proprietary R&D

Model Uses

B/C

Academic Research + Proprietary R&D

KS3

Knowledge Tools

Assessment Modules [3]

B/C

Proprietary R&D

Learning Modules

B/C

Proprietary R&D + BIMe Community contributions

Task lists and Checklists

B/C

Proprietary R&D

Workflows & Charts

B/C

Proprietary R&D

Forms & Templates

B/C

Proprietary R&D

KS4

Knowledge Routines

Assessing, Analysing & Re-Measuring

B/C

Proprietary R&D

Educating & Learning

A/B/C

Academic Research + Proprietary R&D

Accrediting & Certifying

B/C

Proprietary R&D

KS5

Knowledge Views

Publications

A

Academic Research

Lectures & Workshops

A/B

Academic Research + BIMe Community contributions

Audiovisuals (multiple types)

A/B/C

Academic Research + Proprietary R&D + BIMe Community contributions


License Exemptions

Certain tools and templates – even if typically requiring a Type C license – are available for free or at a nominal cost through the BIMe Initiative. For example, a number of online assessment modules can be made available under a Type B license for not-for-profit entities to conduct market-wide competency benchmarking and/or educational activities. Exemptions are provided on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us for clarifications or additional information; thank you.


[1] Non-commercial-use refers to the use of IP with no intention to conduct commerce or generate revenue

[2] Knowledge Partnership Agreements are available to Industry Associations, Communities of Practice, Technology Advocates, and Educational/Research Institutions

[3] Assessment Modules and Learning Modules may be offered to not-for-profit Knowledge Partners under a white-labelling or dual-branding arrangement