A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been announced between representatives for the United Kingdom and the United States, cementing a pledge to work together on the development of the U.S. National Building Information Management (BIM) Program.

Marking the next step in a two-year collaboration, the MoU will see the National Institute of Building Sciences work with experts from the U.K.’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) on the development of a National BIM Program for the U.S., supporting international alignment on technical standards for the built environment. The collaboration has been enabled through the support of the U.K.’s Construction Innovation Hub.

NIBS will work with CDBB to adapt the U.K. program model and materials as a guide to developing a U.S. national roadmap aligned with the international standard for BIM-ISO19650. The MoU also will support and encourage the public and private sector in both countries to learn from each other and exchange of best practice creating benefits to both economies and growing trade opportunities by increasing the sector’s productivity and performance.

The new agreement was announced during a Digital Construction Week Connect series webinar.