To become resilient, we must respond and adopt new ways of thinking and working. Building Information Modelling (BIM) can help address the performance and skills shortage challenges, alongside the implementation of many best practice approaches like business continuity, environmental management and health and safety address, for example to build truly sustainable, resilient organizations for 2021 and beyond. Organizations that seize this opportunity will have the opportunity to compete successfully in global markets.
To improve collaboration, standardisation and productivity, the International Standards Organization (ISO) has published ISO 19650, Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM) - Information management using building information modelling.
The first two parts, ISO 19650-1:2018 and ISO 19650-2:2018, were released in at the end of 2018, ISO 19650 part 5 will be published in July 2020 and part 3 is due to be published later this year.
ISO 19650 part-1 sets out clear principles for all those involved across the entire asset life cycle, including asset owners, lead designers, non-lead designers, main contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, investors, end users and public authorities.
ISO 19650 part-2 sets out specific requirements for information management from design through to planning, procurement, construction, commissioning and close-out for built assets.
Information management according to ISO 19650 requires the appointing party (UK: clients), lead appointed party (UK: anyone directly appointed by the client e.g. main contractor) and appointed party (UK: anyone appointed to the delivery team e.g. consultants and sub-contractors) to carry out specific functions.
These include defining a clear set of information requirements, capability and capacity assessment, response to information requirements, information production, verification, validation and delivery. Given the range of activities that all project stakeholders need to carry out, implementing information management according to ISO 19650 at a business level must be treated as an organizational change and can be seen as a huge task at hand.
It’s important to think about the change on five levels; why, what, how, when and who.
lead appointed party (UK: anyone directly appointed by the client e.g. main contractor)