by Brianna Crandall — August 7, 2017 — BSI, the U.K.-based business standards company, has just launched a new Kitemark (a product and service quality certification mark) for building information modeling (BIM) to help the asset management industry demonstrate that they have integrated BIM into their processes.
The first organizations to achieve the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3 are Atkins, a respected design, engineering and project management consultancy; ENGIE, a leading energy and services group; and RTA, the Roads and Transportation Authority of Dubai, a major government agency.
BSI points out that asset managers have a significant challenge in managing information around the maintenance, performance and legal compliance requirements of assets, particularly where they own or manage assets across multiple sites.
The BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3 Specification for Information Management for the Operational Phase of Assets Using Building Information Modelling (BIM) validates that any data and information held about an asset (buildings and infrastructure assets), commonly known as the AIM (asset information model) has been defined and managed in accordance with BIM Level 2. Since BIM is all about collaboration, sharing this asset data brings a number of benefits, including improving the management of assets in order to save operating costs, enhancing customer satisfaction, and increasing the value of the asset.
The Kitemark also ensures that asset information requirements are clearly defined with the asset owner and continue to be maintained in line with these requirements. This would typically include operation, maintenance, safety and legal requirements (e.g. building regulations), which are all critical to the performance, compliance and safety of an asset.
Neil Thompson at Atkins stated:
This BSI Kitemark adds to our ISO certification and demonstrates the importance we place in understanding our clients’ data-rich assets. Through the development of a number of BIM standards globally and our group-wide focus on digital asset management, we’re fully committed to reducing costs, controlling risks and improving the whole-life performance of our clients’ existing infrastructure.
James Spires, strategy director – Services at ENGIE U.K., said:
The use of data-enriching, 3D information brings buildings digitally to life. BIM enables the digitalization of our services to customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their building. The new Kitemark for BIM provides reassurance from a trusted accreditor of a robust approach to digital asset management and service quality, bringing multiple benefits to our customers. ENGIE is proud to be amongst the first organizations globally and the first business in the facilities management industry to achieve the new Kitemark certification.
Wajdi Mereb, chief specialist – BIM manager at RTA, said:
We’re delighted to be the first assets owner in the globe to achieve the new BSI Kitemark for Asset Management. This will absolutely help us to demonstrate to our supply chain that the industry recognized processes and procedures for BIM are fully embedded into our organization.
Andy Butterfield, director of Built Environment, Product Certification at BSI remarked:
BIM is fast becoming a game-changer for the construction industry, with governments around the world starting to make it a condition of contract. Its main purpose is to help companies to carry out more efficient methods of design and construction, ultimately driving out waste and inefficiency. Subsequently, owners of large properties, estates or portfolios of assets need to be confident that their assets are maintained effectively and cost efficiently for operational and maintenance purposes. We’ve developed this scheme to provide the asset management industry with that assurance.
Achieving this Kitemark will also ensure that organizational and strategic decisions are better informed, which is particularly important for commercial and public buildings or infrastructure assets that need to be fully operational at all times. In addition, having this evidence will benefit asset owners should they choose to sell the asset in the future.
In order to achieve the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-3, organizations will be assessed against the requirements of the standard by BSI’s technical BIM experts. As with other Kitemarks, organizations holding the Kitemark will be routinely assessed. The BSI Kitemark for Asset Management is available to all asset managers that have a quality management system equivalent to ISO 9001, the Quality Management Systems standard, and can demonstrate effective client satisfaction management.
PAS 1192-3 provides guidance to asset managers on how to integrate the management of information across the longer-term activity of asset management with the shorter-term activity of asset construction for a portfolio of assets.
The Kitemark for Asset Management builds on the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 Information Management for the Capital/Delivery Phase of Construction Projects Using Building Information Modelling, which launched in December 2016. It provides the most robust measurement of a company’s delivery of BIM projects, certifying businesses for their diligence in design and construction, supply chain management and delivery of customer service excellence, says BSI.