The PAS 1192 relating to the management of IT BIM in construction will not be developed by BSI. They will be combined directly into ISO 19650

A note recently published on the British Standards Institution website announced the interruption of the current revision activity for PAS 1192-2 e PAS 1192-3.

According to BIS, the first two international standards on BIM will shortly be published:

  • BS EN ISO 19650-1 1 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling- Part 1: Concepts and Principles
  • BS EN ISO 19650-2 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 2: Delivery phase of assets

These two standards will supersede BS 1192 (principles) and PAS 1192-2.

Then in early 2020 two further international BIM standards are scheduled to be published:

  • BS EN ISO 19650-3 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling- Part 3: Operational phase of assets
  • BS EN ISO 19650-5 Organization of information about construction works – Information management using building information modelling – Part 5: Specification for security- minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management

and will replace part 3.

Having consulted all stakeholders (UK BIM Alliance, the Home Nations Working Group, the Departement for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Centre of Digital Built Britain), BSI has agreed to stop the current revision activity on PAS 1192 parts 2 and 3 to avoid market confusion and costs.

Ant Burd, Head of Built environment at BSI, said:

“We would like to thank the exceptional work of our experts involved in the development of these BIM standards. Their calibre and knowledge has meant that the UK, through BSI, has led the way in creating standards that address the industry’s needs regarding building information modelling and I have no doubt that this will continue in the years to come as the construction industry evolves “.

PAS, therefore, lose the leading role they have had internationally, and simply disappear, at least as we know them today.

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Standards BSI, ISO and CEN

As commonly known, PAS (Publically Available Specification) are standards published in public evaluation’s phase and processed to provide a quick response to specific needs of targeted production sectors (we can define them as “pre- standards”).

PAS 1192 (part 2,3,4,5), in particular, conceived as the development and evolution of BS 1192:2007+A3: 2016 were published in response to the British government’s need to implement and adopt the BIM  methodology in the national construction industry and are available free download.

For some time now, ISO (International Organization for Standardization – indipendent non governmental international organization – with a membership of 163 national standard bodies, one for each country) has activated various work tables to compile an international standard concerning the BIM methodology and also function as a reference regarding supranational tenders.

The process is now on its way to conclusion and as a result of this, BSI’s representatives have decided to withdraw their own national standard technologies (PAS 1192) to avoid coexistence, in their market, of technological  standards of different ranks, that both refer to the same topic.
Even the CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, is working on the same matter: with regard to specific international agreements (Vienna Agreement) and will fully adopt the ISO 19650 standards and probably supporting them with a specific integration and clarification document (standard or technical report, etc.).

What is a Standard?

A Standard is a norm that provides:

  • Requirements
  • Specifications
  • Guidelines

In relation to a certain scope of application to guarantee that materials, products, processes and services will be suitable to their purpose.

A Standard should therefore guarantee that products and services will be safe, reliable and of good quality.

In addition to being identified by numbers, they are also identified by acronyms.

The acronym specifies from who it was realized and its level of validity.

Here are the main acronyms that characterize the standards:

  • EN: indicates standards processed by CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation). EN standards must be adopted by CEN Country members and their reference acronym becomes, for instance in Germany, DIN EN. These standards serve as an alignment  process for all technical standards in Europe, therefore standards at national level must be harmonised with their contents indicates standards processed by CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation).
  • ISO: identifies the standards processed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). These standards are a reference applicable around the world. Each Country can decide to furtherly strenghthen the role by adopting them as their own national standard. In this case, in Spain, the acronym would become UNE ISO (or UNE EN ISO if the standard was to be adopted also at a european level).

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