Andy Butterfield, Product Certification Director of Built Environment, BSI discusses the recently launched Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 Information Management
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an increasingly important part of the global construction marketplace, with governments around the world starting to make BIM Level 2 a condition of a contract. Seen as a game-changer for the construction industry, BIM is a collaborative way of working that uses digital technologies to enable more efficient methods of design and construction, ultimately driving out waste and inefficiency.
Historically, those involved in a project have each managed and owned their own area of the project, often using different models and drawings. BIM Level 2 brings together stakeholders, so they work collaboratively throughout the design, delivery and construction phases of a project.
A new way to demonstrate best practice
BSI recently launched a new Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 Information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects, helping construction businesses around the world prove their capabilities in delivering projects at the design and construction phase. The BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 was developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders to ensure that they add value and address the key issues which will help the construction industry with BIM implementation and demonstrate their commitment to best practice.
The scheme is available to all companies whether or not they have already achieved the verification stage. Certification to ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems is also a requirement. It is aimed at both Tier 1 and non-Tier 1 organisations and will provide the most robust measurement of a company’s delivery of BIM projects, certifying businesses for their diligence in design and construction, supply chain management and delivery of customer service excellence. As with other BSI Kitemarks, organisations holding the Kitemark will be routinely assessed, providing clients with complete confidence in their delivery to industry standards.
The BSI Kitemark for Design and Construction builds on the verification scheme for PAS 1192-2 launched last year and involves the sampling of completed projects, assessment of customer satisfaction through ISO 10004 Customer Satisfaction Guidelines for monitoring and measuring and will use additional assessment parameters through BS 11000 Collaborative Business Relationships. Like the verification scheme, the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 is an important component of BIM Level 2 and sets out the requirements for the Design & Construction phase.
A mark of trust
The BSI Kitemark is one of the most recognisable trust marks in existence today and demonstrates that each Kitemark approved product or service, has gone above and beyond the normal requirements to achieve the highest standards. For over a century, it has safeguarded consumers and helped businesses demonstrate a clear commitment to excellence across everyday goods such as locks and windows, gas appliances, motorcycle helmets and smoke detectors.
First to achieve the BSI Kitemark
The first organisations worldwide to achieve the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 are Balfour Beatty Plc, BAM Ireland, BAM Construct UK Ltd, Gammon Construction Ltd, Skanska UK Plc and voestapline Metsec Plc. Here they explain what certification means to them:-
David Throssell, BIM and Digital Engineering Operations Manager, Skanska UK commented: “The BSI Kitemark is a respected brand. Applied to our services it will reinforce client confidence and prove greater quality in the delivery of BIM projects.”
“We believe the BSI Kitemark will not only further strengthen our position as market leader, but also give customers confidence in our ability to work collaboratively with others in the supply chain, and prove we have the expertise to provide a service that goes above and beyond the standard BIM offering,” Alan Harris, Quality Manager, voestalpine Metsec plc.
Ian Askew, Director and Head of Engineering at Gammon Construction Limited said: “We’re delighted to be the first contractor in Hong Kong to achieve the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2. This will provide confirmation to our clients that the industry recognised processes and procedures are fully embedded into our organisation.”
Theo Cullinane, CEO, BAM Ireland explains: “Achieving this Kitemark clearly demonstrates to our clients and greater supply chain that we have the capability and expertise to deliver projects to the highest recognised BIM standards. Gaining this is an important and not insignificant recognition of the effort we have put into developing BAM’s business model in Ireland.”
Mark Taylor, Digital Construction Manager at BAM Construct UK Ltd comments: “BIM is a major driver for the digitisation of the construction industry, influencing its direction both in the UK and abroad. We were pleased to work with BSI and our peers to develop the certification, providing a clear assessment pathway to achieve the Kitemark. This will reassure clients and partners that we are working efficiently to the highest possible standards and that BIM processes are embedded within our systems.’’
Tom Loader, Head of Digital Transformation at Balfour Beatty said, “Digital Integrity is an important part of delivering social and economic infrastructure as it reassures our customers that we are delivering the highest quality of information.
“Balfour Beatty was one of the first organisations to achieve this Kitemark which demonstrates our on-going commitment to digital transformation and our ability to lead in the industrialisation of information management in infrastructure.”
All six companies should be congratulated on this achievement and BSI is pleased to have worked collaboratively with them throughout the process to help shape the Kitemark for Design and Construction.
Product Certification Director of Built Environment