Beyond ISO 19650 a broader, standards-led, approach to business strategy and management helps large construction organizations maintain best practice structures and foundations, whilst allowing flex to accommodate innovation and change. For example, ISO 9001, the international standard for quality management, provides an ideal foundation from which to progressively increase BIM maturity. For smaller supply chain members, looking to secure bids and tenders, the adoption of standards and certification can set them apart in a competitive marketplace.
All members in the supply chain can set themselves up to derive maximum benefit from BIM collaboration by prioritizing a standards strategy, to build true resilience. It’s often helpful for organizations increasing their BIM maturity to consider how new processes will impact the rest of their operations – particularly those areas which might seem unrelated to BIM.
For instance, ISO 44001 provides a management system for collaborative business relationships and is suitable for construction businesses of all sizes and types working in the public or private sector. It prepares organizations to manage relationships optimally, whether the focus is on a single application between operating divisions or more complex relationships like consortia and joint ventures. In addition, ISO 55001 is a new suite of standards created to guide asset management best practise. They help construction businesses develop a proactive lifecycle asset management system, while reducing ownership risks from a cost and safety perspective.
Finally, understanding that collaboration is at the heart of everything that is transformative about BIM is crucial to fully realizing its potential from a global growth perspective. ISO 19650 is set to aid international BIM adoption and market maturity, presenting a clear opportunity, particularly for smaller supply chain organizations, to explore new territorial markets and build new collaborative relationships.