ISO: New “Standard” Approach to Life-Cycle BIM

In December 2018, the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Technical Committee ISO/TC59 Buildings and Civil Engineering Works, published a two-part document on building information modeling (BIM). Part 1, ISO 19650-1:2018, Concepts and Principles, accompanies Part 2, ISO 19650-2:2018, a process guide. These documents present a standardized process for BIM during the full building life cycle, from strategic planning and design through delivery, O&M and deconstruction at a facility’s end of life. They establish “requirements for information during the delivery phase of assets and to provide the right commercial and collaborative environment within which (multiple) appointed parties can produce information in an effective and efficient manner.” The ISO’s rationale for these documents is that “True collaborative working requires mutual understanding and trust and a deeper level of standardized process than has typically been experienced…At present, considerable resources are spent on making corrections to unstructured information or incorrect management of information by untrained personnel, on solving problems arising from uncoordinated efforts of delivery teams, and on solving problems related to information reuse and reproduction.”

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