Construction News Q2

Welcome to the BSI UK Construction news update for quarter 2, 2016.


Locks: TS 007 Kitemark - the effective defence against cylinder snapping

By Michael Skelding, general manager and secretary of the Door and Hardware Federation

Michael Skelding, Door and Hardware Federation

Locksmiths and other security professionals are increasingly recognising that a BSI Kitemark TS 007 three star solution is a supremely effective defence against cylinder snapping. As awareness of this type of lock attack grows, security professionals have the assurance that they can provide an answer based around the Kitemark.

The benefit of supplying products sporting the BSI Kitemark logo to customers wanting enhanced door security is its universal acceptance and recognition in the market place. It has gained a high degree of trust in the public perception. To householders and premises managers alike, the Kitemark has been the accepted security mark for locks for decades.

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Join our free discussion group: BIM, collaboration and the supply chain

Join us at our exclusive discussion group for professionals from the construction industry on Tuesday 5 July, at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, 11:00 – 13:00 (BST). Lunch will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to meet with companies from right across the construction sector, share supply chain challenges based on your view of the industry, and learn more about how BSI’s BIM solutions are supporting industry.

Registration and refreshments will be available from 10:30 prior to the discussion starting at 11:00. To register please email us at


FIT show

It was fantastic to see so many of our clients at the FIT show. We awarded several certificates to our customers in recognition of their excellence. 

For achieving new BSI Kitemark status for approved products, congratulations to:

  • A & B Glass Company Ltd
  • HL Plastics
  • John Fredericks Plastics
  • Profile 22 Systems
  • Selecta Systems Ltd 
  • Sunflex UK
  • Synseal Extrusions Ltd
  • Veka Plc

Congratulations to the following for BSI testing for use of BSI Kitemark approved products:

  • GT Window Products Ltd
  • VBH (GB) Ltd and Invisifold 

We were also delighted to recognise the below clients who have achieved excellence with BSI Kitemark for many years: 

  • Birtley Group Ltd - 30 years of BSI Kitemark
  • Everest Ltd - 33 years of BSI Kitemark
  • Rehau Ltd - 25 years of BSI Kitemark
  • Sapa Building systems - 11 years of BSI Kitemark
  • Selecta Systems Ltd - 10 years of BSI Kitemark


BIM Level 3, Manchester, 29 June

We exhibited at BIM Level 3 & Beyond on 29 June in Manchester. Those that attended had the chance to meet our team and chat about BIM questions, as well as learn about our training and certification solutions.

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BIM Progress

Verification for PAS 1192-2 for design and construction is gathering pace, read the latest news articles about our clients and their progress.

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Levels of awareness in the industry and the BIM journey 

What has become evident to the BSI BIM team over the last few months, is that companies are at different stages on their BIM journey. From our insight, there is an appetite to get on board, but levels of awareness vary as to what that means in practice. Some company representatives are fully aware of the importance of BIM, and are looking to help educate others in their business to get up to speed and realise the opportunity. Others are already at this stage, have a good understanding of how they can use it to get ahead, and are now looking to implement BIM into their business.


Help is at hand

Clients who have attended our training courses have confirmed that we have dispelled the myths around BIM Level 2.

“The BSI BIM fundamentals course gave clarity to the standards and provided a true definition of BIM and its true intentions. Metsec was able to quickly transfer the knowledge gained from this course and implement into our design and manufacturing activities.”

- Alan Harris, Quality Manager, voestalpine Metsec plc

Our objectives are clear – we want to help delegates identify the importance of BIM, the processes and procedures that relate to BIM Level 2 and the importance of Information Management. We are working with all types of companies to help improve their understanding, and make sure that they have the best preparation to take them to the next stage. The BSI BIM courses are written using the BIM Learning Outcomes Framework that have been developed by the government funded BIM Task group to ensure training and knowledge is consistent in the UK market. 

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John Graham Construction achieve verification for PAS 1192-2

L-R: Peter Saddington, Kosru Choudhury, John Whyte, & John Clerkin of BSI, with Melanie Dawson, Richard Nash, & Ron Clarke of John Graham Construction.

GRAHAM Construction is the first contractor in Northern Ireland to be awarded BIM Level 2 certification from BSI and is proud to be amongst a number of tier 1 main contractor organizations operating in the UK construction market to hold this independent third party accreditation.

In April 2016, GRAHAM Construction completed the BIM Level 2 audit process through working collaboratively with BSI.  The audit examined, in detail, the company BIM processes and procedures to verify compliance with PAS1192-2:2013, BS 1192:2007 and BS 1192-4:2014. These standards challenge project complacency and promote consistency and transparency of work processes between all parties. This certificate serves to recognize that GRAHAM Construction has embraced these standards and is actively driving consistency through its BIM processes across all of its UK businesses, delivering an added value service to our clients.

Melanie Dawson, BIM Strategy Manager at GRAHAM Construction said, “We are delighted to receive this certification in recognition of our exemplar BIM systems and procedures. We are embedding BIM in the culture of our business through up skilling our teams and advancing our technology.  This is all now firmly underpinned by our independently certified BIM Level 2 processes. This certification gives assurance to our clients that we can use BIM to deliver added value, accuracy and the highest standards throughout project delivery. We are looking forward to sharing this knowledge with our clients and supply chain and embracing the future opportunities and value BIM will bring to our construction teams.” 

Executive Director Ron Clarke commented that embedding BIM into our everyday business practices continues to be a priority and we are confident this will play an increasingly important part of project delivery in the future.


OHSAS 18001 - ISO 45001 Update

ISO 45001, the new international standard on Occupation Health and Safety (OH&S) is currently being developed. ISO 45001 is expected to replace BS OHSAS 18001, the world’s leading management system standard for OH&S.

Originally scheduled for publication in mid-2016 the International Committee has announced that publication of the final standard is now expected in 2017. The next stage in the development of the new standard will see a 2nd DIS (Draft International Standard) for ISO 45001 published in December 2016 or January 2017.

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Kier Highways and BSI develop UK’s first Alliance approach to BS 11000 certification

Thirteen SME members of the Kier Highways supply chain have achieved certification to BS 11000 Collaborative Business Relationships  as part of a new alliance approach to certification, pioneered by Kier and BSI. Demonstrating a leading commitment to collaborative working, Kier developed the Alliance approach with BSI, by facilitating the process for its supply chain partners. The Alliance approach enabled members of the Kier supply chain to collectively fund and resource certification but then to become certified to BS 11000 in their own right.

The new alliance partners have been working towards their certification together since September 2015, by attending regular improvement workshops, training days, taking part in supply chain forums and sharing key learnings, insights and best practice. As part of this process, BSI has assessed each company individually, carrying out checks and monitoring them for compliance to ensure they complete the certification.

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