BSI launches new Kitemark for BIM Level 2

BSI, the business standards company, has launched a new BSI Kitemark for BIM Level 2 to help organisations demonstrate that they can deliver infrastructure projects that meet the requirements of the UK government’s condition of contract. 

It also proves that they have taken the necessary measures to manage the security risks that affect a built asset in whole or in part, asset data and information.

The first organisation in the UK to achieve the BSI Kitemark for BIM Level 2 is SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, the design, engineering and project management consultancy.

The Kitemark for BIM Level 2 builds on the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 (Design and Construction) and the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3 (Asset Management). The BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 focused on the design and construction phase of a project and the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3, the asset management phase.

The new BSI Kitemark for BIM Level 2 provides the most robust measurement of an organisation’s delivery of BIM projects, certifying businesses for their diligence in design and construction, asset management, supply chain management, delivery of customer service excellence and information security.

Crucially, the new Kitemark incorporates Part 5 (PAS 1192-5 specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management).

Anne Kemp, professional head of BIM at Atkins and ISO convenor for the ISO 19650 series of standards, said: “The BSI Kitemark is an important line in the sand to shifting organisations into a mindset of adopting consistent and demonstrable workflows for BIM. The Kitemark remains a target to achieve – motivating continued engagement and improvement across the business.

“This can only be for the greater benefit of our clients, partners and supply chain – and I hope it encourages other organisations to do the same.”

Andy Butterfield, product certification director of built environment at BSI, said: “The large-scale cyber attacks that have taken place recently have reaffirmed the need to build cyber resilient organisations – not least in the built environment. This Kitemark helps organisations ensure that they are implementing cyber-security-minded BIM throughout the construction process, as well as supporting them with the implementation.”

To achieve the BIM Level 2 Kitemark, organisations will need to attain either the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 (Design and Construction) or the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3 (Asset Management). They must also demonstrate that they have adopted a security-minded approach in line with the requirements of PAS 1192-5. 

As with other BSI Kitemarks, organisations will be routinely assessed, providing clients with complete confidence in their delivery to industry standards.

The BSI says that organisations should not be concerned that the Kitemarks may be obsolete as new ISO standards take their place. A spokesperson said: “New ISO standards will be an internationalisation of the UK’s BIM Level 2 standards with the same core principles – and should align with the Kitemark for BIM Level 2. Once the standards publish, the BSI team will be available to guide organisations should they wish to transition from their current PAS 1192-2 certification.” 

BSI says it expects that, following a period of transition, organisations already holding the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 (Design and Construction) and the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3 (Asset Management) will also achieve this new Kitemark.

Further BIM initiatives from BSI may follow. A spokesperson said: “We’ll continue to work with the construction industry to add value and address the key issues around BIM implementation. We’ll develop solutions depending on the requirements of the industry, whether it’s training to help individuals with the practicalities of BIM, or certification schemes (including the Kitemark) to ensure the successful implementation of BIM.

“We’ve taken a modular approach to our BIM Kitemark schemes, as recommended by the shaping group. BIM is still relatively new to the industry and a modular approach helps organisations to embed BIM properly throughout their business. These schemes are also in alignment with how the 1192 standards have been published.”

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  1. The Kitemark should not be used as full proof of a firm’s ability to deliver BIM Level 2 with full COBie data as this requires real experience. Some firms are still relying on the Autodesk Plugins as a method of delivering COBies, but this is not adequate.

  2. There seems to be no such thing as everyone talking from the same song book. It appears that there are far too many versions

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