As populations and economies grow, so too does the need for housing and infrastructure, fuelling growth forecasts in the global construction industry of up to 85 % – or USD 15.5 trillion – by 20301). More construction means a greater need for efficient ways of working, which is why the 3D model-based approach of BIM in delivering construction projects is gaining traction worldwide.

BIM gives architects, engineers and construction professionals the ability to plan, design and manage building projects more efficiently. It is growing in popularity, creating the need for an international framework that allows the industry to work together across projects and national borders.

To address this, the first two parts of ISO 19650, Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM) – Information management using building information modelling, have just 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.

“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.

“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 standards in the series include a Part 3 on managing the operational phase of assets and a Part 5 dedicated to security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management.

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.

1) PwC, “Global Construction 2030: A global forecast for the construction industry to 2030”