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New BIM objects standard published

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The BIM objects standard, BS EN ISO 22014: 2024, has been published by the BSI. It supersedes BS 8541‑1:2012, BS 8541‑5:2015, BS 8541‑4:2012 and BS 8541‑3:2012, which are withdrawn.

BS 22014 specifies requirements for defining structure and content for library objects to support project inception, brief, design, tendering, construction, operations, use and demolition. It supports the development of information throughout the process, in connection with BIM and the organisation of the objects into libraries.

The new standard establishes requirements for defining template objects, generic objects and product objects in data-driven library and design processes. It also establishes requirements for graphical symbols and other graphic conventions for use on drawings for the built environment, giving principles and definitions for the symbolic and simplified visual presentation of objects.

BS 22014 also describes a rationale of symbolism that establishes rules for the design of graphical symbols and other graphic conventions and gives recommendations for the application of those rules and the ways in which to use symbolism.

Furthermore, the new standard defines the purposes of characterising the shape and measurement of library objects, and the purposes of specifying and assessing properties for library objects. It defines the information appropriate for specific uses, including specification of the desired outcome (typically by designers and engineers) and the selection of identified products (typically by contractors and subcontractors). It also gives recommendations for the application of assemblies in integrated BIM working.

Finally, BS 22014 also refers to the IFC schema as a common object model.

The standard is applicable to all professionals and service providers who produce and use library objects with generic and product-specific information. This includes, but is not limited to, product manufacturers and suppliers, library authors, designers and engineers, contractors, owners, maintainers and commissioners.

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