This list of 137 accronyms was compiled in less than an hour from the documents I had been reading while researching BIM processes, standards and procedures. I know it isn't complete and really doesn't even touch on the international community because I was researching US BIM specific issues. There are a couple of technolgy related items here, but your head would really spin if I put in all the computer and network acronyms too. If you have any you would like to add leave it in the comment section.

Acronym Name
2d two-dimensional
3d three-dimensional
4d FOURTH DIMENSION
5d fifth dimension
ABA Architectural Barriers Act of 1968
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
ADAAG Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
AGC Associated General Contractors of America
AIA American Institute of Architects
ANAB ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board
ANS American National Standards
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers
BIGie BIM-GIS information exchange
BIM Building Information Modeling
BIMXML an XML schema developed to represent a simplified subset of BIM data for web services
BIQ Building Intelligence Quotient
BOMA Building Owners and Managers Association
bSa buildingSMART alliance™
bSi buildingSMART International
CAD Computer-aided design, often mentioned with disdain in BIM circles
CAE Computer-aided engineering
CAM Computer-aided manufacturing
CD Committee Draft
CIP Center for Integrated Practice
CIPLG Center for Integrated Practice Leadership Group
CMMS Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
CMMS Construction Manager
CNC Computer Numerical Control
COBie Construction Operations Building Information Exchange
COPANT Pan American Standards Commission
CSI Construction Specifications Institute
CYA Cover Your A55
DBIA Design Excellence Council
DCC Digital content creation
DOA State of WIsconsin Department of Administration, Division of State Facilities
DOJ Department of Justice
DWF Design Web Format
EDA Electronic Design Automation
EPDs Environmental Product Declarations
ER Exchange Requirements
ERM Enterprise resource management
ERP Enterprise resource planning
ExCOM Executive Committee
FEA Finite element analysis
FIs Formal Interpretations
GBI Green Building Initiative
gbXML gbXML - Green Building XML
GC General Contractor
GCCA Government Construction Contracting Agency, Iceland
GMP Guaranteed Maximum Price
GSA United States General Services Administration
GTDS Global Testing and Documentation Server
HBC Healthcare BIM Consortium
HIS geographic information system
HVAC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
IAAC Inter American Accreditation Cooperation
IBC International Building Code
IC International Council
ICC International Code Council
ICCPC ICC Performance Code® for Buildings and Facilities
IDM buildingSMART standard for processes (formerly known as the Information Delivery Manual or IDM)
IDM Information Delivery Manual
IDP Intern Development Program
IDPAC Intern Development Program Advisory Committee
IDPiG AIA Board Committee, the Integrated Practice Discussion Group
IEBC International Existing Building Code
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
IECC International Energy Conservation Code
IES Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
IFC Industry Foundation Class
IFC International Fire Code®
IFD IFD (bsDD) - International Framework for Dictionaries (buildingSMART Data Dictionary)
IFD International Framework for Dictionaries
IFD TG IFD Technical Group
IFD-MG IFD management group
IFGC International Fuel Gas Code
IgCC International Green Construction Code™
IMC International Mechanical Code®
IMT Institute for Market Transformation
IPC International Plumbing Code
IPD Integrated Project Delivery
IPMC International Property Maintenance Code
IPSDC International Private Sewage Disposal Code
IRC International Residential Code®
ISG Implementers Support Group
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISPSC International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
ITM buildingSMART's International Technical Management
IUG International User Group
IWUIC International Wildland-Urban Interface Code®
IZC International Zoning Code
KPIs key performance indicators
LCA Life Cycle Assessment
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
M3 USACE BIM Minimum Modeling Matrix
MSG Model Support Group
MVD Model View Definition
NAHB National Association of Home Builders
NBIMS National BIM Standard-United States™
NBIMS New Buildings Institute
NCARB NCARB
NCS United States National CAD Standard
NEC National Electrical Code®
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NIBS National Institute of Building Sciences
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association
NRDC Natural Resources Defense Council
NWI New Work Item
OASIS Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
OGC Open Geospatial Consortium
PAC Pacific Accreditation Cooperation
PACE Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence
PASC Pacific Area Standards Congress
PDF Portable Document Format
PDKC PDKC
PDM Product Data Management
PGL Preservation Green Lab
PLaSM Programming Language of Solid Modeling
PMG Plumbing Mechanical and Fuel Gas
SDO standards developing organizations
SIP structural insulated panel
SPP Small Project Practitioners
TAG Technical Advisory Group
TAP AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community
TIAs Tentative Interim Amendments
TMC USNC Technical Management Committee
USACE United States Army Corps of Engineers
USGBC U.S. Green Building Council
USNC U.S. National Committee
VA Department of Veterans Affairs
VDC Virtual Design & Construction
VIU Vendor ITM User
WD Working Draft
WorldGBC World Green Building Council
XML Extensible Markup Language

 

A long time ago I was working very hard as a new intern architect, while trying to expand my technical skills at the same time and studying to learn about POTS, PSTN and ISDN telephone systems, creating a network for our computer systems, Linux operating systems, and CAD customiation, I went on an interview to see if there were any new oportunities for me.  I didn't get the job as CAD manager.  I have always wondered if it was because they weren't confident that I knew anything when I drew a blank at this question.  "Are you familiar with NCS?"

Considering that I had been staying up late to learn about EIDE and SCSI drives, RJ11 and RJ45 connections, networking protocols, TCP/IP, IEEE standards, etc.  I thought I answered pretty well.  "I am familiar with it, but I haven't ever used one."