The world just lost one of the most important contributors of technical expertise and vision for the building and construction industry. For more than 20 years Jeffrey Wix (Jeff among friends) has been developing and managing standards, methodologies and tools for our industry. Jeff project-managed the major releases of the IFC standard and was a key developer of the IFD (ISO 12006-3) standard. Jeff was also the original author of the Information Delivery Manual (IDM).
Jeff was a person with the capability to understand both the need of the building industry and the possibilities that the information technology could offer. He could see where the building industry overlapped and interacted with other industries and he used his knowledge to form or inspire projects like IFG (Building information models and the connection to GIS), IFC for roads, and IFD among others. Jeff was one of the few people I know with the ability to make complex problems understandable for anyone. He was also a brilliant diplomat, and an inspiring person with a great sense of humour.
For the 10 years I have known and worked with Jeff, he has always been a source of inspiration and he has thought me much of what I know about information modelling. I often met Jeff in both professional and social settings on international conferences and when working on the various buildingSMART standards and projects. For one year I also had the privilege to share a lot of thoughts and ideas when Jeff had his office at SINTEF while working on his many Norwegian projects.
My colleagues in Catenda, SINTEF and I, has not only lost a mentor, but also a dear friend. For many days and years to come when we will be reminded of Jeff’s massive contribution to buildingSMART when seeing his name in papers, reports and tools we use for our daily work. We will miss his funny comments, his kind guidance and his extensive knowledge.
Our deepest feelings goes to Jeff’s wife Jan, his kids and family and to his colleagues in AEC3.