Three global firms have gained a new BIM Kitemark for Asset Management following the effective management of asset data
Atkins, ENGIE and RTA have made headlines after becoming the first global organisations to become certified to the new BIM Kitemark™ for Asset Management.
The certification, which is awarded by business standards company BSI, aims to help the asset management industry show BIM is integrated into their process.
The BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3 is useful for asset managers who face a significant challenge in juggling the scale of information surrounding maintenance, performance and legal compliance requirements of assets.
It builds on the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 Information management, which launched in December 2016. This focused on the capital/delivery phase of construction projects.
Neil Thompson at Atkins said: “This BSI Kitemark adds to our ISO certification and demonstrates the importance we place in understanding our clients’ data-rich assets. Through the development of a number of BIM standards globally and our group-wide focus on digital asset management, we’re fully committed to reducing costs, controlling risks and improving the whole-life performance of our clients’ existing infrastructure.”
The Kitemark also validates that data and information held about buildings and infrastructure assets has been defined and managed in accordance with BIM Level 2.
The sharing of asset data has wide ranging ramifications for the sector, ensuring a saving of operating costs, enhanced customer satisfaction and increased value of the asset. It also ensures asset information requirements are set at the right levels.
James Spires, Strategy Director – Services at ENGIE UK said 3D information has an important role to play by bringing buildings to life digitally.
“BIM enables the digitalisation of our services to customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their building,” he said.
“The new Kitemark for BIM provides reassurance from a trusted accreditor of a robust approach to digital asset management and service quality, bringing multiple benefits to our customers. ENGIE is proud to be amongst the first organizations globally and the first business in the facilities management industry to achieve the new Kitemark certification.”
BIM has undoubtedly changed and challenged the way in which the industry approaches building. It has the ability to revolutionise, which is part of the reason behind the success. The UK government has seen the scope of BIM and remains committed to pushing it within the sector to improve efficiency. Elements like the BSI Kitemark provide regulation for the industry.
Andy Butterfield, Director of Built Environment, Product Certification at BSI said: “BIM is fast becoming a game-changer for the construction industry, with governments around the world starting to make it a condition of contract.
“Its main purpose is to help companies to carry out more efficient methods of design and construction, ultimately driving out waste and inefficiency. Subsequently, owners of large properties, estates or portfolios of assets need to be confident that their assets are maintained effectively and cost efficiently for operational and maintenance purposes. We’ve developed this scheme to provide the asset management industry with that assurance.”
To achieve the Kitemark, organisations are assessed against the requirements of the standard by BSI’s technical BIM experts.