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Long-awaited International BIM standards published

23 January 2019 | By BIM+ staff

The long-awaited first two parts of a new international BIM standard have been published, providing a framework for managing information through collaborative working using BIM.

They form part of ISO 19650, organization and digitisation of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling – Information management using building information modelling.

The move marks the transition from the PAS 1192 series of standards to international standards.

Part 1 deals with concepts and principles, while Part 2 covers the delivery phase of the assets.

Jøns Sjøgren, chair of the ISO technical subcommittee that developed the standards, said they will enable more widespread use of BIM and lead to more efficient building and infrastructure projects.

He said: “ISO 19650 was developed on the basis of the tried-and-tested British standard BS 1192 and publicly available specification PAS 1192-2, which have already been shown to help users save up to 22% in construction costs.

“Taking this to an international level not only means more effective collaboration on global projects, but allows designers and contractors working on all kinds of building works to have clearer and more efficient information management.”

Future standards in the series include a Part 3 on managing the operational phase of assets and a Part 5 dedicated to security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management.

BS EN ISO 19650–1 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 1: Concepts and principles; and BS EN ISO 19650-2 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 2: Delivery phase of assets, will supersede BS 1192 (principles) and PAS 1192 part 2 (capital/delivery phase) respectively.

Then, in early 2020, two further international BIM standards are scheduled to be published.

BS EN ISO 19650-3 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 3: Operational phase of assets; and BS EN ISO 19650-5 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 5: Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management, will replace PAS 1192 Part 3 (operational phase) and Part 5 (security) correspondingly.

Earlier in the year BSI announced it had agreed to stop the current revision activity on PAS 1192 Parts 2 and 3 to avoid market confusion and cost, following a consultation with stakeholders such as the UK BIM Alliance, the Home Nations Working Group, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Centre for Digital Built Britain.