FIS has updated its BIM Toolbox to embrace the principles of BS EN ISO 1950 (which supersedes BS 1192: Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information.   This new standard aligns the UK with International Standards and extends information management principles and requirements within a broader context of digital transformation (including construction and asset management industries), driving the consistent management of all information (whether it’s a report, a drawing or a model, etc).

This FIS BIM toolbox was originally produced back in 2015 to support specialist contractors to develop and deliver a Building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation plan, through an understanding of the key process documents that relate directly to the activities of the sector, focusing on what is required and how to deliver it.

Section A provides an introduction to BIM and considers the business case for its adoption.
Section B looks at the development of BIM capability, implementation of a BIM deployment plan and delivering on a BIM project.

The FIS BIM Toolkit also includes access to new resources to support members in completing Pre Qualification Tender information.

The ISO 19650 series combined with the launch of the UK BIM Framework extends the scope of BIM to consider all information whether it’s a construction programme, a record of a meeting, a geometrical model or a contract administration certificate, providing a more holistic framework where information is considered from the outset of a project.  It relies on the following principles:

• Information requirements are defined before information is created, to aid selection of delivery teams.
• The delivery of information to meet the requirements is planned and tested.
• The delivery of information is carefully managed within a common data environment.
• The delivered information is checked against the original requirements, and either accepted or rejected accordingly.

The Toolkit also updates on key terminology to align to the UK BIM Framework as opposed to referring to concepts such as BIM Level 2, which doesn’t specify precisely what information is required, when it is required or which party should generate it.

Mark Norton, Head of BIM | UK Fit Out, Construction London & Engineering Services UK, ISG and Chair of the FIS Digital Construction Working Group stated “Whilst much attention has been on how digital solutions have transformed the way we communicate and collaborate during the COVID crisis, the truth is that the digital revolution has already been driving profound change in the construction sector in the past couple of years.  BIM is a central pillar of this, effectively allowing that digital flow of essential information, the Golden Thread as Dame Judith Hackitt refers to it, to move through the supply chain.  It also provides a better framework for collaboration, ensuring that essential details are not lost and that we do design and then build, pre-empting and designing out problems, not design a bit, then build a bit and waste time fighting a rear guard action, trying to make the best of it.”

FIS CEO Iain McIlwee added, “I think at times we are in danger of a bit of BIM fatigue, when I think back to 2011 and the first discussions about BIM it was the answer to everything, but nearly 10 years on we are still not seeing the full realisation of these aspirations.  But we are getting closer.  The recent NBS BIM Report tells us that over half of those construction professionals surveyed now use BIM on most of their projects and a resounding 85% see improvements in collaboration.  Reading through this guide refreshed my hope that we are still on the right path, when you strip out all the jargon we are talking about collaboration, early engagement, clearer standards to exchange information and all of the principles intrinsic to the FIS Product Process People Quality Framework.”

You can access the FIS BIM Toolkit here