by Rebecca De Cicco, Director, Digital Node

For all construction industry professionals working within the digital built environment, it is imperative to determine as an organisation or individually your knowledge and understanding of the application of ISO 19650. 

The reasoning for this is that we are seeing increasing requirements from government and industry alike all over the world into how the principles and clauses of ISO 19650 can be applied to your projects or organisation as a whole. This is becoming more and more important now with the standard being referenced frequently in government documents as well as BIM Execution plans on projects we work on globally. 

For some it can be confusing as to why and how to start working to new international standards, which is why my next webinar will focus on the principles of ISO 19650 and the clauses that surround different processes which would need to occur across a BIM project. 

This is an important topic which needs much clarity, as there is far too much disjointed knowledge and processes occurring on projects with BIM in mind all over the world. 

ISO 19650 clauses and components are recommended as best practice to allow for an appointing party (client and owner) to specify exactly what they require and develop a series of documents which can be shared during the procurement phase to allow for these organisations to consistently apply best practice to their future projects. 

Roles which relate to a project are now defined as functions and these functions will take on key responsibilities of the Appointing Party as well as the Lead Appointed Party and the Delivery Team when working toward alignment to ISO 19650. Much of the documentation within ISO 19650 can be seen as conceptual yet it is a recommended requirement that industry understand the framework for the details of these documents and subsequently how they can be applied to a project. 

The first step is to determine how to apply the clauses to your projects using a form of checklist to ensure alignment to ISO 19650. In many ways we have developed a system for checking by detailing the clause, the requirement of the clause and the outcome step by step. Again this may seem like a long winded process to ensure your organisation is compliant and aligning the documentation you create (from wherever you sit across the supply chain) is crucial to allowing consistency and greater productivity when working on a project. 

Using a step-by-step process to work toward is crucial when looking to become compliant to ISO 19650. This is relevant if you are the appointing party, lead appointed party or any appointed part on a project as having an understanding of these processes and documents will fundamentally help you to achieve success. 

Join me next week on Tuesday 26 May at 9.00am BST for my webinar on “Applying the principles and clauses surrounding ISO 19650 to your projects

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