Three companies verified by BSI to BIM scheme ahead of Government deadline

21 March 2016

Bechtel, VolkerFitzpatrick and Balfour Beatty achieve Verification Certification to PAS 1192-2 covering Design and Construction for Level 2 BIM

BSI, the business standards company, has verified a further three construction companies to its recently launched BIM scheme for PAS 1192-2 Information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects. Bechtel, VolkerFitzpatrick and Balfour Beatty have all achieved verification from BSI, ahead of the 4 April 2016 Government deadline which requires all government building and infrastructure projects in the UK to be PAS 1192-2 compliant.   

The scheme, which was launched in December 2015 has been developed by BSI to help designers and contractors, as well as their supply chains, to provide evidence that they have the capability to deliver projects using Building Information Modelling (BIM). In order to achieve verification from BSI of their BIM capability, contractors have to demonstrate that they adhere to the requirements of the PAS 1192-2 standard through an independent assessment by BSI. The assessment involves an onsite audit which will assess the documented procedures and systems for all processes in PAS 1192-2, which also includes compliance with BS 1192 and BS 1192-4, and the competency of staff. 

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 Design and Construction 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. 

Neil Thompson, Principal BIM Integrator, Balfour Beatty who managed the certification process, said: “This certification gives assurance to our customers that we utilise BIM to handle and manage information with the upmost degree of care and accuracy and to the highest standard, throughout project delivery.”

“We’re delighted to be among a handful of companies to be certified by the British Standards Institution to deliver construction projects at BIM Level 2 for Design & Construction,” said Stephen Smith, Virtual Project Delivery Operations Lead for Bechtel’s global infrastructure business."Bechtel is pioneering the use of new technology and innovation within the construction industry and our certification provides our customers and supply chain with the assurance that we have the capability to deliver projects using BIM ahead of new government legislation.”

Rob Dingwall, Head of Planning and Design, VolkerFitzpatrick commented: “VolkerFitzpatrick were pleased to collaborate closely with BSI to achieve our Level 2 certification for Design & Construction and to be at the very forefront of BIM in the UK. As a world class contractor, we wanted to partner with a world class standards organization. We found the experience very thorough but practical and we’d recommend working with BSI for certification.”

Andy Butterfield, Global Head of Construction, Product Certification at BSI said: “It’s great to see that our verification scheme is gathering momentum amongst Tier 1 organizations and those in the construction industry are recognizing the benefits of the scheme which has been developed in collaboration with influential industry stakeholders.

“By achieving verification, Bechtel, VolkerFitzpatrick and Balfour Beatty have demonstrated their commitment to being compliant with the requirements for PAS 1192-2 covering Design and Construction for Level 2 BIM, as detailed in the Construction Prequalification Questionnaire document - PAS 91, ahead of the Government deadline and are now benefitting from improved collaboration right across the supply chain.”

All three clients were presented with their certificates at Ecobuild at Excel, London on Thursday 10 March. 

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