Will ISO 19650 replace BS1192?

If you have worked within the AEC industry, you have likely heard of BS 1192, and If you have worked on project delivered through BIM you will have most certainly come across a reference to PAS 1192.

BS/PAS 1192 - The Foundation of ISO 19650

BS 1192 is a British Standard that sets out a best practice method for development, organization and management of production information in architecture, engineering and construction. It provides a template for practicalities including naming conventions in AEC and facilitates efficient data use in facilities management. In 2007 it was updated to BS 1192:2007+A2:2016 to support PAS 1192.

PAS 1192 is a series of six Publicly Available Specifications that were developed in response to the need for clarity on how to manage information during projects delivered through Level 2 BIM. The requirements within PAS 1192 were produced in lines with existing code of practice for the collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information; namely BS 1192:2007.

The only major difference is in the terminology of the documents. All of the key concepts and principles of the UK 1192 series are said to remain.

ISO 19650 Series - International Standards

ISO 19650 is an international standard for managing information over the whole life cycle of a built asset using BIM. It contains all of the same principles and expectations of Level 2 BIM as set out within the UK 1192 standards.

Based on the BS 1192:2007+A2:2016 and PAS 1192 series the ISO 19650 series provides a common approach to the management of information. It was created in response to companies outside of the UK adopting the UK 1192 standards.

Once published the ISO 19650 series will be able to be adopted as national standards by member states of ISO. For the UK this will see it supersede BS 1192:2007+A2:2016 and PAS 1192-2. So as to avoid having competing national standards.

Transitioning to ISO 19650

Thanks to BS/PAS 1192 internationalising in the form of an ISO standard, CEN (the European standards body) has confirmed that the ISO 19650 series will be adopted as European standards.

In the future this will mean BIM Level 2 will be the preferred method of procuring publicly funded projects across EU member states, but what does that mean for the UK that has previously worked from BS 1192 and PAS 1192-2?

The answer is fairly straightforward because the ISO 19650 series is based on BS 1192/PAS 1192-2, the only major difference is in the terminology of the documents. All of the key concepts and principles of the UK 1192 series are said to remain.

In the first quarter of 2019 the following two standards will be published:

BS EN ISO 19650-1: Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling — Information management using building information modelling: Concepts and principles.

BS EN ISO 19650-2: Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling — Information management using building information modelling: Delivery phase of the assets.

These will replace the following two standards respectively:

BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016: Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice.

PAS 1192-2:2013: Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling.

Next Steps

With BS EN ISO 19650-1 and BS EN ISO 19650-2 complete, work has begun on producing the next standards in the ISO 19650 series.

Here we will see the focus shift from the management of information in the delivery phase of assets, to the operational phase and the introduction standards focused on the security of information. These will again be based on the UK PAS 1192 series and will see PAS 1192-3 and PAS1192-5 in time withdrawn and superseded by an ISO 19650 replacement.

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