December has been a very exciting – and long anticipated – month for the BIM community globally as we saw the release of the international standard for BIM ISO 19650.
This standard aims to remove the ambiguity between regions and provide an avenue for global trade.
International Standards provide an avenue for industry to help grow on an international level and the BIM community have been waiting for this standard to be released for quite some time to support how we can drive this innovation (and the core principles within it) globally.
The release of the ISO will see a retirement of BS 1192: 2007 (principles) and PAS 1192-2: 2013 (capital/delivery phase) respectively. They have been in production for over four years and will act as global exemplars to regions with little or no guidance when it comes to BIM.
As the UK has stood as an exemplar within the BIM global communities, these two standards are expected to be rolled out across countries over the next few years with no BIM standards to support consistent workings, methodologies and language.
The UK Construction industry has been using the PAS and BS standards as recommended to support the UK BIM Policy for Information Modelling to level 2 (via HM Government) and therefore there is a strong understanding in this region of the key principles already developed. Those organisations around the world who are already transitioning in use of the PAS or BS documents will be ahead of those who are not.
Supplementary information will follow the international standards and the following documents will be released in consecutive order over the coming months:
BS EN ISO 19650-1: Organization of information about construction works — Information management using building information modelling: Concepts and principles.
BS EN ISO 19650-2: Organization of information about construction works — Information management using building information modelling: Delivery phase of the assets.
UK National Annex to ISO 19650 [to aid implementation in the UK and ensure BIM Level 2 within the ISO framework] – Early 2019.
UK Transition Guidance – Early 2019.
ISO 19650-1 and 2 are founded on the UK’s standards for Information management using Building Information Modelling as per BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016 and PAS 1192-2:2013. The principles remain as per these standards with terminology changes being preserved via the UK Annex. The UK annex is intended to be used by regions with little or no BIM guidance but also to continue to support the UK Government’s BIM policy to achieve BIM Level 2.
ISO 19650 is an internationalisation of the UK’s BIM Level 2 process and contains all the same principles and high-level requirements with specific UK content contained developed within the National Annex as noted above. However, the ISO documents do look different, particularly in the terminology they use (such as “appointing party” instead of “employer”). There are no new roles or responsibilities. Roles are called “functions” in the ISO, and this should help avoid the often-held view that new job-titles and team members are required, which was never intended to be the case in any BIM project.
PAS1192-3 and PAS1192-5 are in the process of transitioning to ISO and there is currently work being undertaken to support the transition of these documents to international standards. They will become:
BS EN ISO 19650-3 Organization of information about construction works Information management using building information modelling – Part 3: Operational phase of assets.
BS EN ISO 19650-5 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 5: Security-minded approach to information management.
There is no clarity as to when parts 3 and 5 of the standards will be released but they will all be in development up to and into 2020.