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Jan Karlshøj has more than 20 years experience in consulting engineering companies, and has participated in research, development and deployment activities on interoperability, ie a seamless digital communication with high semantic content.

He has experience in the design of structures of office buildings and cultural institutions.

He has participated in research and development projects on digital construction, economic gains through the use of IT in construction, sustainable solutions based on the use of building information modeling in Danish, Nordic and international level. He has participated in and led standardization activities of ISO. He's participation in the development of standards in building smart, several of which are adopted by ISO and CEN as official standards.

Other information

buildingSMART Fellow

buildingSMART Korea, Advisory Committee

Member of the jury for best ph.d.-paper at European Conference on Process and Product Modeling (ECPPM)

Member of European Association of Product and Process Modelling that organise European Conference on Process and Product Modeling.

Reviewer for "Automation in Construction"

Reviewer for "European Conference on Process and Product Modeling."

Reviewer for "BIM International Conference" i Lisabon

Formand for sessioner i European Conference on Process and Product Modeling og CIB W78 IT for Construction.

Censor for ingeniøruddannelserne i Danmark.

Opponent at ph.d. defenses.

Board member of Byggeriets Uddannelses Netværk (BVU*net)

Former and chairman of Kompetenceudvalget at the association of consulting engineers

Former board member and treasurer of Bentlley User Group Denmark

Certificed Prince2 Foundation consultant

Completed management education at  Rambøll

International Experience:

International Alliance for Interoperability/buildingSMART International since 1996. Has or has had the following roles: council, member of Executive Committee, International technical coordinator, leader of Building Room, Building Room Technical leader, IDM Coordinator, Awards coordinator and member of Standard Committee Technical Executive.

IAI/buildingSMART Nordic, board member and chairman

Member of ISO TC59/SC13 WG8 and WG 11

Member of CEN TC442 WG3

Project manger of revision of ISO 29481-1

Participan of ISO 12006-2

Project manger of Interreg project "Integrering af bæredygtige byggeprocesser - med anvendelse af informatins- og kommunikationsteknologi"

Invited speker at internationale conferencers.

Language Skills:


Research areas

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Data modelling and analysis


Holistisc design


Process modeling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


Ph.D., Technical University of Denmark


Can.Polyt, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


Msc., Technical University of Denmark


External positions

Head of Section, Technical University of Denmark

2012 → …

Head of studies, Technical University of Denmark


Associate professor, Technical University of Denmark

2009 → …

External lecture, Technical University of Denmark


Senior consultant, Rambøll


Group CAD Manager, Carl Bro


Ph.d.-student, Technical University of Denmark


Structural engineer, Malmstrøm



  • User defined:
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Holistic design
  • Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)
  • Data modeling
  • OpenBIM
  • Process modelling


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