by | May 15, 2017 | BIM

The ISO19650 Organisation of Information about construction works – information management using building information modelling is divided in two parts:

  1. ISO19650-1: Concepts and Principles

Sets out the concepts and principles for the business processes across the built environment sector in support of management and production of information during the life cycle of the built assets. This is referred to as Information Management.

  1. ISO19650-2: Delivery phase of the assets.

Describes further the processes and principles relating to the planning and management of information and project teams and their communication.

The two-part document aims to provide recommendations for a framework for those who are involved in the management of the whole lifecycle of a built asset including planning the project, designing, building and day to day running of the completed project. This article address both parts 1 & 2.

Key points in the ISO document

Supporting container-based collaborative working is described as “BIM according to ISO 19650” and the key principles are defined as processes, tasks, and roles as follows.

  1. Definition of requirements. Based on the organizational/business objectives of the client/asset owner. A set of requirements should be documented for the purpose of the project. E.g.
    • Management of how and to what capacity the asset will be used
    • Management of security and surveillance of the asset
    • Support for further development or restructure of the asset
    • Environmental impact
    • Operations strategy to be used to manage the asset during operation
    • Maintenance, replacement, and repair strategy
    • Decommissioning and disposal strategy
  2. Information Delivery Cycle is defined in four principles
    • Availability of relevant information during all parts of the asset lifecycle
    • The relevant information is delivered at the right time
    • The distribution of the information should flow through the supply chain. This includes the assessment of capability and capacity of the appointed parties and their supply chain.
    • Information exchange is managed through a CDE. The CDE principle include:
      • The CDE defined in BS1192 including:
        • Suitability
        • Revision
        • Validation and Verification of information at start and end of project stages
        • Possibility of a hosted environment where security is a priority
      • An agreed naming convention (resembling the BS1192 principles)
  3. Roles are recommended to be defined and assigned in the appointment. And in particular, the Information Management roles should be defined as this may be a role performed in parallel to other roles e.g. Asset Information Management, Project Management, Design Team Leader, Principal Constructor etc. The recommended roles are identical to those found in PAS1192-2
  4. Information Delivery Planning is the responsibility of each appointed party and each party should address the following in the plan:
    • How to meet the EIR
    • Information delivery timeline/schedule
    • How information is to be delivered
    • What information is to be delivered
    • Who is going to deliver the information?


ISO19650 – 1 & 2 are, from a UK BIM Level 2 perspective, a guideline of the process addressing the client. It emphasises the planning that should go into the asset before design teams are issued the EIR.

The documents are, even though not directly mentioned, following the principles of BS1192 and the BIM Level 2 aspects defines in PAS1192-2. E.g. the naming convention of “containers” are to use fields separated by e.g. a “-“. A CDE is illustrated using the diagram from BS1192 and the roles are named as per PAS1192-2.

This does not mean that it would be directly applicable to a UK-based project, especially not for the process of BIM for the design teams as the detail of cross-discipline collaboration is not as developed as BS/PAS 1192 documents. The differences between the BS and the ISO are not that of contradictions of standards or processes but more on what the documents are focusing on.

From a European standard point of view, it should be a very useful document as it is addressing the BIM Level 2 process and principles that that the UK industry has already provided the ground work for, but with the added value of addressing the client requirements in more detail. It re-enforces the necessity of planning, following the BIM Level 2 processes and principles, and the importance of an EIR and clear communication with all stakeholders.

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