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Project Team Benefits
Gaining ISO 19650 accreditation demonstrates that your organisation adopts an international standard to Building Information Modelling (BIM), it also enables your teams to work more effectively and efficiently.
There are, of course, added benefits beyond ‘ticking the PQQ/ITT compliance box’ for ISO 19650 certified organisations (e.g. lead designers, contractors, modular builders, consultants, suppliers, manufacturers) including;
- Evidence: Prove your organisation’s BIM capabilities to internally recognised standards.
- Risk Reduction: Minimise project time, cost, quality and safety liabilities.
- Better Profits: Increase your bottom line by reducing waste and unnecessary costs.
- Increased Opportunities: Expand your client base by qualifying for more BIM deliverable public and private contracts.
- Enhanced Reputation: ISO 19650 certification proves your ability to create, share and handover quality information.
Client Team Benefits
With UK government contracts and large private sector construction tenders now requiring ISO 19650 BIM delivery standards as their preferred method of delivery, contractors, designers and key suppliers must provide proof of certification and their capabilities to qualify.
These ‘BIM-ready’ organisations are seen to deliver greater benefits relating to project risk reductions (through greater collaboration, design and build quality) and in the creation and handover of better digital building information to enable lifecycle cost reductions. Information delivery requirements, responsibilities and implementation principles are clearly defined at the start of the project. This results in greater clarity, transparency, ownership and accountability.
Ultimately, contractors, designers and suppliers capable of delivering the new ISO 19650 standards, provide a greater return on the client’s investment (ROI).
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Frequently Asked BIM Questions
A simple guide to ISO 19650 standards and how we can help.
What is ISO 19650 Certification?
The ISO 19650 standard is the international standard for managing information over the whole life cycle of a built asset using building information modelling (BIM). It contains the same principles and high-level requirements described in the UK BIM Framework and is closely aligned with the original UK 1192 standards.
The principles remain the same as BIM Level 2. There are small changes in terminology but some Level 2 wording is still included in the UK National Forewords and National Annex.
To achieve certification, we help organisations understand their ambitions and develop their own bespoke BIM systems and process whilst training key people. Once you are ready (normally taking around 8-12 weeks in total), we employ, coordinate and assist you through third-party accreditation and your first year’s audit.
What's the difference between ISO 19650 and PAS 1192 (BIM Level 2)?
The new ISO 19650 standards replaced PAS 1192 in 2019. The ISO standards were founded on the UK’s 2016 mandated standards for information management using building information modeling (BIM), namely BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016 and PAS 1192-2:2013.
The principles remain similar in large, with slight terminology changes, but even terminology was preserved via the UK National Forewords and National Annex.
Whilst the UK’s BIM Level 2 standards provided a solid foundation in which to develop ISO 19650, it does differ beyond terminology and language. The key differences could be highlighted as:
- BIM maturity now determined by stages, not levels, meaning BIM Level 2 should no longer be used by the industry.
- The Employer and Supplier are now referred to as Appointing and Appointed parties.
- ‘Roles’ are now called ‘Functions’ to avoid the age-old myth that new job-titles and team members are required, which was never the case.
- Takes into account full lifecycle information principles through the project and asset operation phases.
- Includes a clearer step-by-step project information process.
- There is now an explicit requirement to consider risks.
- Inclusion of ‘Level of Information Need’.
- Common Data Environment (CDE) ‘States’ replace ‘Areas’ and ‘Status’ replaces ‘Suitability’.
- More detail of delivery team documents.
- Now two types of responsibility matrix including ‘Management Activities’ and ‘Information Management Delivery’.
- Container ID [file naming] adjusted following industry feedback.
- ‘Volume Strategy’ now a ‘Federation Strategy and Container Breakdown’.
How many parts of ISO 19650 are there and which is relevant to us?
ISO 19650 is currently available in four parts:
- BS EN ISO 19650-1: Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works. (Concepts and principles)
- BS EN ISO 19650-2: Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works. (Delivery phase)
- BS EN ISO 19650-3: Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works. (Operational phase).
- BS EN ISO 19650-5: Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works. (Information Security).
Accompanying the standards is the following document also:
- PD 19650-0: UK Transition Guidance.
Why did the UK move from 'BIM Level 2' to the ISO 19650 Standards?
The UK’s BIM Level 2 was game changing for our industry, and the rest of the world wanted to benefit too.
To do this the British Standards (BS and PAS) needed to be recognised internationally – hence the move to ISO. The changes in wording reflect less British-centric terminology that make it easier to translate the ethos of BIM into other languages.
What happened to the BIM Level 2 standards following the introduction of ISO 19650?
As they are reflected in the new ISO 19650-1 and 2 documents, the following PAS 1192 documents and requirements have now been withdrawn;
- PAS 1192-2: Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using BIM which specified Level 2 maturity during the project phase, its framework, roles and responsibilities for collaborative BIM working. It was originally built on the existing standard of BS 1192, and expanded the scope of the Common Data Environment (CDE).
- PAS 1192-3: Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling.
- PAS 1192-5: Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management.
- BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016: Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information.
We have no prior certification, how do we achieve iso19650 certification?
You do not need any previous knowledge, experience or prior certifications to achieve ISO 19650 accreditation, you simply need a guide to help you get there.
Our team will walk you through our easy-to-follow 5-Step BIM Implementation and Certification process following a scoping call and ‘Introduction to BIM’ presentation (either online or in-person – we can even provide the facilities and refreshments).
- Implementation Phase: includes the development of your BIM roadmap, systems and processes and staff training.
- Certification Phase: the final accreditation, delivered by one of our nationally recognised third-party accreditation bodies. Don’t worry, we’ll still be there to coordinate the process and guide your team through this phase, meaning you only have only one organisation to call at any one time, ours. We will even accompany you and provide any required revisions on your first annual audit.
How much does it cost and how long will it take to gain ISO19650 accreditation?
At Operance we like to keep it simple, including the price. We therefore offer two options based on whether or not you currently hold existing PAS 1192 certification;
- PAS 1192 to ISO 19650 Certification Upgrade: Prices start from £7.5k.
- ISO 19650 Implementation & Certification: Prices start from £14k.
Prices can vary depending on the size of your business (number of employees, locations, turnover etc) and we provide guaranteed maximum prices (GMP).
Timescales normally range between 8-16 weeks, again this is dependant on the size of your organisation and the number of people you wish to involve in the process.