FIS BIM Toolbox

FIS has produced a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Toolbox to raise awareness among specialist contractors on the processes required to work in a BIM environment

This ’BIM toolbox‛ has been designed to enable a specialist contractor 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, and by a page by page explanation of 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 Toolbox was originally produced in 2016, but was updated in July 2020 to reflect the realignment of BIM to  BS EN ISO 19650.  This alignment supersedes some of the existing British Standards and Publicly Available Specifications related to building information modelling (BIM). The ISO 19650 series differs in that it considers all information whether it’s a construction programme, a record of a meeting, a geometrical model or a contract administration certificate.

The ISO 19650 series is an international standard of good practice. It defines information management principles and requirements within a broader context of digital transformation in the disciplines and sectors of the built environment (including construction and asset management industries).

This Toolbox was developed by the FIS Digital Construction Working Group. This Group (originally constituted as BIM4FitOut) was formed by FIS to address the impact of BIM on the fit out and finishes sector. A Government BIM Task Group partner, the group remit has expanded to support the sector supply chain is supported in assessing and adopting digital innovation.

 Download the FIS BIM Toolkit here

 Download the BIM Capability Assessment Tool here

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 making the best of it.

Mark Norton

Head of BIM | UK Fit Out, Construction London & Engineering Services UK , ISG

Additional Resources

BIM Process Training – FIS BIM process training, which is based on our BIM Toolbox, has been tailored for specialist fit-out and finishes contractors to allow them to demonstrate the company’s BIM capability and prequalify by completing core PQQ requirements with evidence.

NBS’ 10th National BIM Report – This year’s 2020 BIM report marks the 10th year of asking the industry for their views about BIM. Read the latest on the state of BIM, reflecting the views of over 1,000 industry professionals. See how usage and views of BIM have changed since 2011. What progress have we made as an industry and what changes do we anticipate in the next decade?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Policy & Capability – FIS has prepared information to support FIS Members in responding to questions on pre-qualification questionnaires.   Questions are aligned to those in the Common Assessment Standard.