A new Kitemark for BIM (Building Information Modelling) has been introduced by business standards company BSI (British Standards Institution), which it said would help construction businesses around the world prove their capabilities in delivering projects at the design and construction phase.

BSI said the first organisations worldwide to achieve the Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 included Balfour Beatty, BAM Ireland, BAM Construct UK, Gammon Construction and Skanska UK.

It said that BIM was an increasingly important part of the global construction market place, with governments around the world starting to make it a condition of contact.

The Kitemark has been developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders to ensure that they add value and address the key issues which will help the construction industry with BIM implementation, said BSI.

Andy Butterfield, product certification director of built environment at BSI, said, “In a competitive marketplace, companies delivering BIM projects need to find a way to differentiate themselves, regardless of whether they are tendering for public or private sector projects.

“The BSI Kitemark does just that, helping companies to demonstrate their commitment to best practice.”

David Throssell, BIM and digital engineering operations manager at Skanska UK, said, “The BSI Kitemark is a respected brand. Applied to our services it will reinforce client confidence and prove greater quality in the delivery of BIM projects.”

Ian Askew, director and head of engineering at Gammon Construction, said, “We’re delighted to be the first contractor in Hong Kong to achieve the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2. This will provide confirmation to our clients that the industry recognised processes and procedures are fully embedded into our organisation.”

Mark Taylor, digital construction manager at BAM Construct UK, said, “BIM is a major driver for the digitisation of the construction industry, influencing its direction both in the UK and abroad.’’

Tom Loader, head of digital transformation at Balfour Beatty, said, “Digital integrity is an important part of delivering social and economic infrastructure as it reassures our customers that we are delivering the highest quality of information.”

The BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects is available to all companies that have already achieved verification stage and are certified to ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems.

BSI said that as with other Kitemarks, organisations holding the Kitemark will be routinely assessed. It builds on the verification scheme (PAS 1192-2) and will involve sampling of completed projects, assessment of customer satisfaction through ISO 10004 customer satisfaction guidelines for monitoring and measuring, and will use additional assessment parameters through BS 11000 collaborative business.

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