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ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Publishes First International BIM Standards

With global populations and the construction industry booming the new ISO 19650 International BIM standard will help aid AEC industry efficiency gains through standardizations.


The ISO® has published its first international standard for BIM (Building Information Modeling). The new standard is known as ISO 19650 and is based on British standard BS 1192, a standard Architosh has written about here as part of the AEC industry push for more CDEs (common data environments).

What’s In A New ISO BIM Standard

The ISO reminds us that with growing populations and a booming global construction industry, a new set of International Standards for BIM will aid global construction workflows through new efficiencies and better entity to entity communications and data transfer.

Key Takeaways

ISO 19650 is based on the tried and true British standard BS 1192 which studies have shown helped save users up to 22 % on construction costs.

Global construction industry forecasts show growth up to 85 % or USD 15.5 trillion by 2030. BIM and 3D model-based approaches help deliver projects faster and with less errors by utilizing technologies like engineering simulation, clash detection, and construction sequencing planning. BIM gives architects, engineers, and construction professionals the abilty to plan, design, and manage projects more efficiently.

The Parts of the ISO 19650 BIM Standard

To address these demands and trends, the first two parts of ISO 19650, Organization and digitilization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM)—Information management using building information modelling, have been published, providing a framework for managing information through collaborative working using BIM.

Jøns Sjøgren, Chair of the ISO technical subcommittee that developed the standards, said they will enable more widespread use of BIM and thus more efficient building and infrastructure projects.

01 – BS 1192:2007 and PAS 1192:2013 standards for CDEs (Common Data Environments) are part of the basis for ISO 19650 and CDEs are under Chapter 12 “Common data environment (CDE) solution and workflow” in ISO 19650-1. (image: from BS 1192:2007)

“ISO 19650 was developed on the basis of the tried-and-tested British standard BS 1192 and publicly available specification PAS 1192-2, which have already been shown to help users save up to 22 % in construction costs,” he said.

MORE: A Primer on CDEs (Common Data Environments) for Architect

“Taking this to an international level not only means more effective collaboration on global projects, but allows designers and contractors working on all kinds of building works to have clearer and more efficient information management.”

Future Parts in the New BIM Standard

Future standards in the series will include a Part 4 on managing the operational phase of assets and a Part 5 dedicated to security-minded building information modelling (BIM), digital built environments and smart asset management.

02 – Aconex Mobile is shown here on the Apple App Store. As a leading AEC industry CDE tool the application is already BS 1192:2007 compliant and therefore more setup to be supportive of this new ISO BIM standard.

ISO 19650-1 and ISO 19650-2 were developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 59, Buildings and civil engineering works, subcommittee SC 13, Organization and digitization of  information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM). They are available from your national ISO member or through the ISO Store.

To learn more visit here.


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