First companies verified by BSI to BIM scheme for improved collaboration in the construction industry

2 December 2015

From 2016, all government building and infrastructure projects in the UK will require level 2 BIM compliance. BSI, the business standards company today launches a verification scheme for PAS 1192-2 Information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects. BAM Construct UK Ltd and Skanska UK are the first two companies to be independently assessed by BSI and achieve verification.

The scheme has been developed in order to provide contractors and their supply chain with evidence that they have the capability to deliver projects using Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM technology is considered invaluable to the delivery of a construction project since it provides a common single and coordinated source of structured information throughout the lifecycle of a project and can deliver significant cost savings and efficiencies both during the design/construction and handover stages.

PAS 1192-2 was designed with input from influential industry experts. The consensus-based standard sets out how to share information on BIM projects and lists the requirements for BIM Level 2. It makes recommendations for the adoption of industry conventions, challenges project complacency and promotes consistency and transparency of work processes between parties. PAS 1192-2 is one of the series of standards designed to drive cost savings and efficiencies through waste reduction and improved  collaboration.

In order to achieve verification from BSI of their BIM capability, contractors will have to demonstrate that they adhere to the requirements of the PAS 1192-2 standard. This will be determined through an onsite audit which will assess the documented procedures for all processes in PAS 1192-2, the competency of staff, and a documented complaints procedure. Different requirements are specified for Tier 1 contractors and their supply chains.

A BSI Kitemark™ for BIM Design and Construction will also be developed in 2016 which will incorporate verification to PAS 1192-2.

BSI worked closely with both BAM and Skanska throughout the verification process to ensure they met the requirements of the standard. 

Colin Pryor, UK Business Systems and Quality Manager at BAM Construct UK Ltd comments: “We’re delighted to have received verification to PAS 1192-2 by BSI. BIM is a major driver influencing the direction of the construction industry both in the UK and abroad and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to work with BSI during the development of this scheme. In addition, with the UK government requiring all centrally procured government contracts to be compliant with BIM Level 2 by 2016, this verification will provide assurance to those within our supply chain that we are capable of delivering projects using BIM.” 

David Throssell, BIM & Digital Engineering Operations Manager, Skanska UK said: “We’re very pleased to be one of the first companies to be verified by BSI to PAS 1192-2. This allows us to demonstrate to our customers and supply chain that we have the capability to deliver projects using BIM.  We’ve worked closely with BSI to ensure that the verification scheme adds value and addresses the key challenges that the construction industry faces around BIM.” 

Andy Butterfield, Global Head of Construction, Product Certification at BSI comments: “BAM and Skanska should be proud that they are the first companies to be verified by BSI to PAS 1192-2.

"This verification scheme will be of huge benefit  to construction companies involved in public sector projects as well as those companies within the construction supply chain including private sector building, civil, infrastructure, refurbishment and new-build projects both in the UK and abroad. The new schemes have been 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.” 

BSI’s training offering will support the scheme to ensure the requirements of PAS 1192-2 are fully understood and effectively implemented throughout the organization. 

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Notes to Editors:

The BIM training courses BSI will be offering are as follows:-

BIM Fundamentals

Gain a detailed understanding of the key drivers, requirements and strategic alignment needed to deliver Building Information Modelling (BIM) and how it allows you to achieve a faster, more efficient delivery of infrastructure.

BIM Processes & Procedures

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing how buildings and infrastructure are planned, designed, built and managed. Grasp the key processes and procedures of delivering successful build projects, in line with UK Government BIM (Level 2) requirements and industry best practice.

BIM Information Management

Learn how to effectively manage information across all stages of construction projects utilizing Building Information Modelling (BIM).

BIM Implementation

Develop the knowledge and skill required to implement Building Information Modelling (BIM) across your organization and supply chain.