ISO releases new international standards for BIM

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released ISO 19650-1 and ISO 19650-2, the new international standards for BIM

A new set of international standards for BIM has recently been published to enable BIM implementation to grow across projects and borders, benefitting the construction industry as a whole.

The first two parts of ISO 19650; organisation and digitisation of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM) – Information management using building information modelling, have just been published, providing a framework for managing information through collaborative working using BIM.

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

Sjøgren 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.

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“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.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) previously revealed that its UK-specific standards were being phased out in favour of international ones, and that those international standards would draw on the work that the British team had already done.

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