BIM Standards

Publicly Available Specification (PAS)

PAS 1192-5:2015

 Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management

This PAS specifies requirements for the security-minded management of projects utilizing digital technologies, associated control systems, for example building management systems, digital built environments and smart asset management.

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PAS 1192-3:2014

Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling

This PAS specifies requirements for information management to achieve building information modelling (BIM) Level 2 in relation to the operation and maintenance of assets (buildings and infrastructure).

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PAS 1192-2:2013

Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling

This Publicly Available Specification (PAS) specifies requirements for achieving building information modelling (BIM) Level 2

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PAS 91:2013

Construction pre-qualification questionnaires

BSI PAS 91 is a publicly available specification (PAS) that sets out the content, format and use of questions that are widely applicable to pre-qualification for construction tendering. BIM capabilities are covered in Table 8 of this document.

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British Standards (free)

BS 1192-4:2014

Collaborative production of information. Fulfilling employer’s information exchange requirements using COBie. Code of practice

This British Standard defines a methodology for the transfer between parties of structured information relating to Facilities, including buildings and infrastructure.  It defines expectations for the design and construction project phases prior to handover and acquisition and the subsequent in-use phase.

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BS 1192:2007

Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice

This standard establishes the methodology for managing the production, distribution and quality of construction information, including that generated by CAD systems, using a disciplined process for collaboration and a specified naming policy.

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British Standards

BS 7000-4:2013

Design management systems. Guide to managing design in construction

This part of BS 7000 gives guidance on management of the construction design process at all levels, for all organizations and for all types of construction projects. 

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BS 8536-1:2015

 Briefing for design and construction – Part1: Code of practice for facilities management (Buildings infrastructure)

This British Standard considers matters relating to projects for the delivery of assets/facilities according to defined operational requirements, including maintenance, and expected performance outcomes.

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BS 8541-1:2012

Library objects for architecture, engineering and construction – Part 1: Identification and classification - Code of practice

This part of BS 8541 gives recommendations for defining format and content for library objects to support project briefing, design, tendering, construction and management of built assets.

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BS 8541-2:2011

Library objects for architecture, engineering and construction – Part 2: Recommended 2D symbols of building elements for use in building information modelling

This part of BS 8541 gives guidance and recommendations for symbols and other graphic conventions for use on drawings for the construction industry.  It is primarily intended for those preparing drawings.

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BS 8541-3: 2012

Library objects for architecture, engineering and construction – Part 3: Shape and measurement. Code of practice

This part of BS 8541 extends the recommendations in BS 8541-1 to cover purposes for characterizing the shape and measurement of construction library objects for use in the building construction and facility domain. It applies to the creation and use of generic objects and manufacturer’s product objects.

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BS 8541-4: 2012

Library objects for architecture, engineering and construction – Part 4: Attributes for specification and assessment - Code of practice

This part of BS 8541 builds on the recommendations in BS 8541-1 to cover purposes for specifying and assessing attributes for construction library objects for use in the building construction and facility industry. It applies to the design of generic objects and manufacturer’s specific products.

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BS 8541-5:2015

 Library objects for architecture, engineering and construction – Part 5: Assemblies – Code of practice

This part of BS 8541 gives recommendations covering the transmitting of assemblies of construction library objects for use throughout both the “project” and “in-use” life cycle stages. It applies to the provision of generic objects and manufacturers’ specific products.

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BS 8541-6:2015

 Library objects for architecture, engineering and construction – Part 6: Product and facility declarations – Code of practice

This part of BS 8541 gives recommendations on the transmission of product declarations relating to construction library objects and facility declarations (including buildings, infrastructure and built assets). It applies primarily to manufacturers’ specific products, but the principles and some examples are also applicable to facility declarations.

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BS 8536-1:2015

BS 8536-1:2015 gives recommendations for briefing for design and construction, to ensure that designers consider the expected performance of a building in use. The standard applies to all new buildings projects and major refurbishments.

BS 8536-1 aims to:

  • Involve the operator, the operations team and their supply chain from the outset
  • Extend the involvement of the supply chain for the project’s delivery through to operations and defined periods of aftercare

The scope of the revised BS 8536-1 has been expanded to include briefing requirements for soft landings, building information modelling (BIM) and post occupancy evaluation (POE).

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BS 8536-2:2016

BS 8536-2:2016 is part of the BIM level 2 suite of documents developed to help the construction industry adopt BIM. It gives recommendations for briefing for design and construction in relation to energy, telecommunication, transport, water and other utilities’ infrastructure to ensure that design takes into account the expected performance of the asset in use over its planned operational life. It is applicable to the provision of documentation supporting this purpose during design, construction, testing and commissioning, handover, start-up of operations and defined periods of aftercare.

The new standard adopts the structure and format of its companion document, BS 8536-1:2015, and as such incorporates the principles of briefing associated with BIM Level 2 and Government Soft Landings.

BS 8536-2 is the only standard to provide briefing recommendations for the design and operational performance of infrastructure assets. It provides an evidence based approach to design and construction, coordinating recommendations, not just from the asset management standards (ISO 55000 series), but also the BIM PAS’s 1192-2, -3 and -5, and Government Soft Landings.

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