Updated Nov 25, 2023

BIM Dictionary Teams

The BIM Dictionary includes hundreds of Dictionary Items. Initially collated by the Head Editor according to set criteria, these items are gradually being translated into an increasing number of world languages. The translation process is a critical part of this foundational BIMe Initiative project (a Work Package - refer to 103in) and is organised according to set priorities.

BIM Dictionary Teams Tree

The BIM Dictionary is a community effort that includes the participation of many types of teams. The relations between teams are clarified in the Teams Tree below:

The overall editing process (translation, localisation and continuous updating) follows a number of editing protocols and is managed collectively by the BIM Dictionary Editorial Team -  composed of:

  • Head Editor: Dr. Bilal Succar of ChangeAgents AEC, Australia
  • Assistant Editor: Dr. Marzia Bolpagni of Mace, United Kingdom
  • Language Editors (multiple - named below)
  • Country Editors (multiple - named below)
  • Community Coordinators: Ms. Orjola Braholli of Fraunhofer Italia, Italy
  • Topic Curator: open position

Multiple Language Teams (Editors, co-Editors and independent Reviewers) are currently active and have either translated multiple sets of priority BIM Dictionary terms or are in the process of doing so.

Active Language Teams

The following Language Teams and Language Editors have their work available online - in order of availability:

  • A4.01 | Spanish Language Team:  Mr. David Barco (Editor) of Berrilan BIM, Mr. Victor Roig Segura (co-Editor) of Bimetric Lab, Mr. Marco Zúñiga Paredes (co-Editor) of Bimclash, Mr. Alvaro Velasco Cabello (co-Editor) of Consultoria CTE and Ms. Yenny Constanza Mancera Hernandez (co-Editor) of BIGPROCHIP, Spain. External review is conducted by Ms. Belen Ripoll Salas of Acciona Producciones y Diseño, Spain.
  • A4.02 | French Language Team: Dr. Erik Poirier (Editor) from Groupe BIM du Québec/buildingSMART Canada, Mr. Vincent Carignan (co-Editor) of BIM One Inc., Montreal, Canada, Mr. Dimitri Damiaud (co-Editor) of CAPEB, France, and Dr. Aurelie de Boissieu (co-Editor) of University of Liège, Belgium. External review is conducted by Ms. Imen Chikhi from Société Québécoise des Infrastructures, Canada.
  • A4.03 | Arabic Language Team: Dr. Zuhair Nasar (Editor) of the University of Kufa, Iraq. Dr. Nasar is supported by the following co-Editors (Country of Origin): Ahmad Lutfi of the Tornado Group, UAE (Syria), Mr. Billel Dridi of FAM Holding Group, UAE (Algeria), Dr. Djamel Dilmi of King Abdullah University, KSA (Algeria), Dr. Hayam M. Omayer of the Cairo Higher Institute for Engineering, Egypt, Ms. Manal Al-Adwani of Salford University, UK (Kuwait), and Mr. Omar Selim of BIM Arabia, Qatar (Eqypt). External review is provided by Ms. Siham Barakat of the Australia Council for Education Research, Australia (Lebanon).
  • A4.04 | Lithuanian Language Team: AProf. Vladimir Popov (Editor), Dr. Milena Medineckienė (co-Editor), Dr. Viktorija Skvarciany (co-Editor) from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, and Dr. Arunas Remigijus Zabulenas (co-Editor) from UAB ERDA, Lithuania. External review is conducted by AProf. Tatjana Grigorjeva from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania.
  • A4.05 | Russian Language Team: Ms. Maria Shirokova (Editor) of Research Institute Almatygenplan, Kazakhstan, Mr. Alexey Davydov (co-Editor) of BIMTIC, Russian Federation and Ms. Mila Prygunova (co-Editor) of Localization, Russian Federation.
  • A4.06 | Chinese Language Team: Dr. Vivi Qiuchen Lu (Editor) at University College London, Ms. Jiayi Yan (co-Editor) PhD Candidate at University College London, United Kingdom and Dr. Long Chen (co-Editor) of Loughborough University, United Kingdom. External review is conducted by AProf. Wei Wu from the California State University, Fresno, United States.
  • A4.07 | German Language Team: Mr. Stephan Liedtke (Editor) of BIMsource.de /BitsAndBricks.solutions (Germany), Mr. Christopher Goersch (co-Editor) PhD Candidate at Aalto University, Finland, Mr. Ramon Lorenz (co-Editor) of mrma, Germany and Mr. Adrian August Wildenauer (co-Editor) of SBB CFF FFS, Switzerland. External review is conducted by Ms. Judith Krischler of Bauhaus-Universität Weimarthe and Mr. Michael Florea of FACT, Germany.
  • A4.08 | Catalan Language Team: Mr. Victor Roig Segura (Editor) of Bimetric Lab, Spain, Ms. M.Elena Pla (co-Editor) of Departement de Turisme de la Generalitat de Catalunya (ITeC), Ms. Elisabet Mas (co-Editor) of ACA and Mr. Eric Palos from TENSA, Spain. Review is provided by Mr. Ferran Bermejo Nualart of ITeC, Spain.
  • A4.09 | Persian Language Team: Dr. Saleh Seyedzadeh, (Editor) of University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, Ms. Arghavan Akbarieh (co-Editor) PhD Candidate at University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, and Mr. Mohsen Parsa of BIM A+. External review is conducted by AProf. Farzad Pour Rahimian from Teesside University, United Kingdom.
  • A4.10 | Croatian (Hrvatski) Language Team: Mr. Damir Mance (Editor) of the University of Zagreb, Mr. Hrvoje Jukić (co-Editor) of Arhitektonski studio Helman & Jukić, Mr. Karlo Seitz (co-Editor) and Mr. Marin Stojanović (co-Editor) Master Student at the University of Zagreb, and Ms. Monika Mlakić (co-Editor) of Baldinistudio d.o.o. External review is conducted by Ms. Tea Helman Jukić of Arhitektonski studio Helman & Jukić. All team members are from Zagreb, Croatia.
  • A4.11 | Greek Language Team: Ms. Nicoleta Panagiotidou (Editor) of BREAK with an architect, Greece, Mr. Marios Messios (c0-Editor) of Parametricos, Cyprus, Ms Anna Kiourka from Anna Kiourka Architect, Greece and Mr. Georgios Pavlidis from Bentley Systems, Germany. External review is conducted by Dr. Georgios Kapogiannis from Glodon Company Lt, China.
  • A4.12 | Italian Language TeamMr. Giancarlo de Marco (Editor) of Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Dr. Giovanna Aracri (co-Editor) of University of Calabria, Italy, and Mr. Manuel Garramone (co-Editor) of Politecnico di Milano, Italy. External review is conducted by Dr. Marina Block from HTWK Leipzig and Dr. Marzia Bolpagni of MACE, United Kingdom.
  • A4.13 | Czech Language Team: Ms. Štepánka Tomanová (Editor) from the Czech BIM Council (CzBIM), Mr. Robert Bouška from the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) and Mr. Jan Kolomazník of CzBIM. External review is conducted by Prof. Petr Matějka from the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) and Dr. Lucie Svamberkova from Spiral, Prague. The translation of BIM Dictionary is supported by Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade and is in accordance with TNK152 of Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing.
  • A4.14 | Portuguese Language Team: AProf. Eduardo Toledo Santos (Editor) from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Prof. Regina Ruschel (co-Editor) of UNICAMP, Fernanda Machado (co-Editor) of Autodesk, Ivo Mainardi (co-Editor) of Metrô de São Paulo, Dr. Ricardo Codinhoto (co-Editor) of the University of Bath (UK), and Fabio Sato (co-Editor) of Filippon Engenharia, Brazil.
  • A4.15 | Bulgarian Language Team: AProf. Boyan Georgiev (Editor) of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Bulgaria, AProf. Gergana Antova (co-Editor) Faculty of Geodesy at UACEG and Dr. Vasil Tanev (co-Editor) of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at UACEG, Bulgaria. Internal review will be conducted by AProf. Mihaela Kouteva-Guentcheva, Faculty of Civil Engineering at UACEG, Bulgaria.
  • A4.16 | Turkish Language Team: Ms. Burcu Esen Barutcu (Editor) of Drees & Sommer GmbH, Germany, AProf. Umit Isikdag (co-Editor) of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Mr. Dursun Furkan Capkin (co-Editor) PhD Candidate at Yildiz Technical University, Ms. Gizem Kızoğlu Yildirim (co-Editor) of Rönesans Holding and Ms. Pinar Kabaoglu (co-Editor) of Sigma Mühendislik, Turkey. External review is conducted by AProf. Pinar Irlayici Çakmak of Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.
  • A4.17 | Hungarian Language Team: Mr. István Csúsz (Editor) of Brick + Data Ltd, AProf. Mihály Szoboszlai (co-Editor) and Mr. Adam Kovács (co-Editor) of Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Mr. Attila Gyulai (co-Editor) of Lechner Knowledge Center, Hungary. External review is conducted by Mr. Bence Dudas of DudaStudio Ltd, Hungary.
  • A4.18 | Slovenian Language Team: AProf. Tomo Cerovsek (Editor) of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, AProf. Simon Petrovčič (co-Editor) of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mr. Denis Simčič (co-Editor) of 2TDK, Slovenia and Ms. Branka Trebušak (co-Editor) of The Housing Fund of the Republic of Slovenia. External review is conducted by Prof. Medved Sašo of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • A4.19 | Romanian Language Team: Mr. Andrei Cornel Danet (Editor) of Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, Ms. Alexandra-Ioana Giurgiu (co-Editor) of AECOM Romania, Romania and Mr. Andrei Prusu (co-Editor) of Domus arkitekter, Denmark.
  • A4.20 | Albanian Language Team: Mr. Endriol Doko (Editor) of Novigos Tecno, Italy, Mr. Ergi Zyberaj (co-Editor) of VELZ:architetti, Italy, Ms. Matilda Cenolli (co-Editor) of Studio Kami Architects, Italy, and Mr. Enea Kotsa (co-Editor) of SNC Engage, France. External review is conducted by Prof. Saimir Kristo of POLIS University, Albania.
  • A4.21 | Serbian Language Team: Mr. Petar Dragić (Editor) of CGS Labs, Serbia, Mr. Matjaž Šajn (co-Editor) and Ms. Olivera Pavković (co-Editor) from CGS Labs, and Ms. Jelena Kalanj from BIM nest, Belgrade, Serbia. External review is conducted by AProf. Igor Peško from the Faculty of Technical Sciences, the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • A4.22 | Estonian Language Team: Mr. Jaan Saar (Editor) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia and Mr. Aivars Alt (co-Editor) of Tallin University of Applied Science and Mr. Janek Siidra (co-Editor) of Estonian Academy of Arts and Ms. Miina Karafin (co-Editor) of Nordecon AS. Review is conducted by Mr. Risto Vahenurm of BIMConsult, Estonia.
  • A4.23 | Polish Language Team: Prof. Anetta Kepczynska-Walczak (Editor) of Lodz University of Technology (TUL), Poland, Mr. Wojciech Wycichowski (co-Editor) from Tam i Tu, Mr. Marcin Świerz (co-Editor) of Project-BIM, and Mr. Karol Argasiński (co-Editor) of BIMfaktoria. The review is provided by Ms. Sophie Feliksinska-Swierz, Group BIM Director at HB Reavis, Warsaw.
  • A4.24 | Danish Language Team: Ms. Andrijana Nasteska (Editor) of NIRAS, Maria Simone Sørensen (co-Editor) of Hoffman and Tue Kappel (co-Editor) of NCC. Review is conducted by Ms. Malan Kirke of Aalborg Universitetshospital and Morten Madsen of Afry [all from Denmark].
  • A4.25 | Ukrainian Language Team: Mr. Mykola Kolomoets (Editor) of STEM Engineering, Ukraine and the following co-Editors: Mr. Roman Makarov of BUILDIT Ukraine, Mr. Oleksii Sokolovskyi of The Heyon, Prof. Valerii Tovbych of Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA), Ms. Olga Kysil of KNUCA, Dr. Oleksii Levchenko of KNUCA, Dr. Nadiia Antonenko of KNUCA, Ukraine. External review is conducted by Mr. Ihor Yurasov of Arkimatika, Mr. Yurii Kryvohatko of Graphisoft Centre Ukraine and Mr. Yurii Podolchuk of Ukrainian BIM Community, Ukraine. All team members are part of the Ukrainian BIM Community.
  • A4.26 | Azerbaijani Language Team: Ms. Aydan Aghabayli (Editor) of BIM A+, Portugal and the following coEditors: Ms. Afat Mammadzada of SMST, Azerbaijan, AProf. Samira Akbarova from Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction and Ms. Afsun Pashmineh from Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction. External review is conducted by Mr. Nasib Zeynal of NKT-Bərpa, Azerbaijan.

Note: The diamond  identifies the team(s) that have completed a full translation (more than %95) of currently available terms.

New Language Teams

Can't see your language represented in the BIM Dictionary? Please review the 801in document and - if you like what you read - take a step forward and contact us!

Country Editors

While speaking the same language, some countries may have different denotations for the same term. To monitor these differences and suggest market-specific terms, Country Editors will be progressively appointed. These currently include the following Colleagues:

  1. Brazil Editor: AProf. Eduardo Toledo Santos, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  2. India Editor: Mr. Amarnath CB, PhD candidate at National Taiwan University. Amarnath is supported by Mr. Ranjith K Soman, PhD Candidate at Imperial College London, and Mr. Arunkumar Shambu, BIM coordinator at Turner Construction.
  3. Nigeria Editor: Mr. Lot Kaduma of Design Marks Concepts, Nigeria, Lot is supported by Dr. Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad of Qatar University, Qatar, Mr. Mansur Hamma-adama of Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom, Mr. Moses Itanola of BIM Africa Initiative, Nigeria, and Mr. Onyema Udeze of Blaze Academy, Nigeria.
  4. Ghana EditorMr. Richard Acquah of Pentecost University College, Ghana. Richard is supported by Dr. Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu of University of the West of England, United Kingdom, Dr. Karen Banahene Blay of Loighborough University, United Kingdom, and Mr. Antwi-Afari Maxwell Fordjour of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong,

Additional Country Editors are currently sought for the UK, Australia, USA, South Africa, Mexico, Chile and Portugal.


In addition to current Editors, the BIM Dictionary is actively supported by a number of generous individuals. Many participate in blind reviews and others often send their improvement suggestions by email or social media. While we don't know the names of all those who've been silently assisting us in delivering this project, we'd like to acknowledge the names we do know - many thanks to:

Ms. Nicoleta Panagiotidou, MSc architect and BIM/CAD trainer, BREAK with an architect, Greece | Mr. Atif Afeez, BIM researcher at the University of Qatar | Ms. Radwa Hassan | Mr. Hamza Moshrif  | Mr. Ammar Al-khafaji | Ms. Enas Elsayed | Ms. Siham Barakat | Ms. Maryam Asgari, PhD Candidate at the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom | Mr. Saeed Banihashemi, PhD Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia | Ms. Samira Garshasbi of Tehran Azad University, Iran | Prof. Yusuf Arayici of the Faculty of Engineering at Hasan Kalyoncu University, Turkey | Mr. Patrick Riedo of ObjectifBIM, Switzerland [French Language Editor until Mar 6, 2018] | Dr. Song Gao (Editor) of Tongji University; and Mr. Weidong Li (co-Editor) of Shanghai Urban Construction Design & Research Institute, China [Chinese Language Editors until April 2019] | Ms. Mihaela Meslec of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) | Chiara Rizzarda and Claudio Vittori Antisari of Strategie Digitali srl; Franco Pittoni of FP Opera; and Prof. Federico Pedroni [Italian Language co-Editors until June 2019] | Mr. Samir Alzeer of BAM Deutschland AG, Germany [German Language co-Editor unitil June 2019] |  Ms. Magdaléna Kodetová of CTU [Czech Language co-Editor unitil June, 2019] | Ms. Aikaterini Prevelianaki of Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom, Ms. Nina Vlachogianni  of Alstom, United Kingdom, and Ms. Maria Tsekoura of CERN, Switzerland [Greek Language co-Editors unitil January 2020] | Mr. Bogdan-Mihai Barabula  and Mr. Simon-Mihail Doxan [Romania co-Editors until April 2020] | Mr. Nabih Musharbash [Community Coordinator until May 2020] | Mr. Martin Stránský of CTU [Czech Language co-Editor until June, 2020] | Dr. Zdeněk Rudovský of CTU [Czech Language co-Editor unitil June 2020] | Dr. Josef Žák of CTU [Czech Language co-Editor until June 2020]. Ms. Marina Korol of Concurator, Russian Federation (Russian Language Editor until July 2020). Dr. Evangelia Peppa of Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Athens, Greece [Greek Language co-Editor until October 2020]. Mr. Dumitru Minciu of Novart Engineering, Romania [Romanian Language Editor until October 2020]. Ms. Elena-Romina Ilina-Posea of Novart Engineering, Romania [Romanian Language co-Editor until October 2020]Prof. Ovidiu Suciu [Romanian Language Reviewer until October 2020]. Ms. Mojca Roženičnik Korošec of University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Slovenia [Slovenian Language Editor until October 2020]. Dr. Andrej Tibaut of University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Slovenia [Slovenian Language co-Editor until October 2020]. Dr. Tomo Cerovsek of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia [Slovenian Language Reviewer until October 2020]. Mr. Duncan Lithgow of Ramboll, Denmark [Danish Language Reviewer until November 2020]. Mr. Raúl Sánchez González from COPISA, Spain [Catalan co-Editor until Nov 2020]. Mr. Moslem Sheikhkhoshkar of BIM Solutions, Iran [Persian Language co-Editor until January 2021]. Ms. Lorena Luedy of SENAI CIMATEC, Brazil [Community Coordinator until January 2021]. Prof. Gjergji Islami of Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania [Albanian Language Reviewer until February 2021]. Mr. Xavier Pallás of Bimetric Lab, Spain [Catalan co-Editor until March 2021]. From the outgoing Arabic Language Team: Ms. Sonia Ahmed, Ms. Najwa Hassan, Mr. Motasem Albanna, and Mr. Ahmad Lutfi. Mr. Eduardo Tavares of quattroD, Brazil [Topic Curator until September 2021]. Mr. Alexander S.J. Zhou PhD Candidate at Imperial College London [Chinese co-Editor until September 2021]. Mr. Aksel Tønder of Burohappold Engineering, Denmark [Danish Language Reviewer until September 2021]. Mr. Andreas Foldager of Dalux [Danish Language co-Editor until October 2022]. Mr. Joakim Lockert of Banedanmark [Danish Language co-Editor until October 2022]. AProf. Jan Fuglsig Lambrecht of KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology [Danish Language co-Editor until October 2022]. Ms. Trine Christensen of Dalux [Danish Language co-Editor until October 2022]. Dr. Silvia Mastrolembo Ventura  of University of Brescia, Italy [Italian Language Editor until April 2022], Dr. Silvana Bruno of Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy [Italian Language co-Editor until April 2023], Ms. Isabella Selmi of Italferr, Italy [Italian Language co-Editor until April 2023]. Ms. Marija Petronijevic (co-Editor) from the University of Belgrade, Serbia [Serbian Language co-Editor until October 2023]. Mr. Paweł Przybyłowicz, Architect and lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland [Polish Language Reviewer until November 2023]. 

Joining the BIM Dictionary teams

There are two main ways to join the BIM Dictionary's Editorial Team:

  • Forming a new Language Team
  • Joining an Existing Language Team

Forming a new Language Team

The BIM Dictionary is actively seeking editors for new languages and welcomes enquiries about this. To become an Editor for a Language Other Than English (LOTE), you'll be kindly asked to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Build a team of co-Editors (minimum three people) of adequate competency in both English and the LOTE;
  • Identify one or more independent reviewers of high-standing in the BIM Domain (e.g. a construction industry academic) and/or a LOTE  linguist; and
  • Review and approve the Language Editor's role requirements as identified in 801in BIM Dictionary Editor's Guide.

A BIM Dictionary Language Team may be a group of passionate and well-informed individuals; an academic institution; a community of practice; or a government department. Preference is given to those who contact us first and satisfy the above selection criteria.

Joining an existing Language Team

To join an existing Language Team, please contact the Editor of the language you'd like to contribute to. It will be up to the current LOTE Editor to vet the abilities of contributors and invite them to become part of their team.

To nominate yourself or your institution/organisation to become a Country Editor (e.g Portuguese need a Brazil Editor and a Portugal Editor), please contact the Head Editor directly.

Other ways to assist

In addition to joining the Editorial Team and helping in translation, localisation and editing (Work Packages A1.12 and A1.13), there are other opportunities to join the BIM Dictionary project; please click here.