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Robert R. Lipman (Fed)

Research Engineer

Mr. Lipman's current research involves the STEP File Analyzer and Viewer, QIF PMI Report software, model-based engineering (MBE), and manufacturing data exchange standards.  He co-leaders the CAx Interoperability Forum that tests implementations of the ISO 10303 STEP standard in CAD software.

Previously, while working in the Building and Fire Research Lab (BFRL) at NIST, Mr. Lipman developed SteelVis, a viewer for CIS/2 (CIMsteel Integration Standards) files, which can also translate them to IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) files. He also developed the IFC File Analyzer, which generates a spreadsheet from an IFC file. CIS/2 and IFC are data exchange formats used in the building and construction industries.

Mr. Lipman came to NIST in 1994 and worked in the Information Technology Laboratory in the Scientific Visualization and Mathematical Software Groups.  While in the Scientific Visualization Group he provided scientific visualization services to a wide variety of customers at NIST.  Before coming to NIST he worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, previously known as the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center, where he was the leader of the Computational Signatures and Structures Group.

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Department of Commerce Bronze Medal - for significantly accelerating the industrial deployment of key manufacturing standards through the development of the STEP File Analyzer (December 2015).

PDES, Inc. Bryan K. Martin Technical Excellence Award - for technical and leadership contributions in support of both the CAx-IF and LOTAR through the development of the STEP File Analyzer (March 2014).


STEP File Analyzer and Viewer User Guide (Update 6)

Robert Lipman, Soonjo Kwon
The STEP File Analyzer and Viewer opens a STEP (ISO 10303 - STandard for Exchange of Product model data) Part 21 file and (1) generates a spreadsheet or CSV
Created October 9, 2019, Updated May 13, 2022