New information management standards to be ready this year

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has detailed the four information management standards due to be published in 2022.

According to Dan Rossiter FCIAT, BSI Sector Lead, the four are:

  • BS 8536:2022: focusing on design, manufacture and construction for operability, this will see the consolidation of BS 8536-1 and BS 8536-2 into a single standard, as well as updating the provisions within to reference the ISO 19650 series. Dan says: "Notably, this follows the intentions within the Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) Roadmap to erode the division between building and infrastructure works."
  • BS EN ISO 19650-4:2022: this will focus on the process and criteria of an information exchange. In addition, the National Annex to ISO 19650-4 will support implementation and information exchange using COBie datasets (currently described within BS 1192-4). Dan says: "The release of ISO 19650-4 will support both the TIP Roadmap and the Construction Playbook's ask of structured and secure exchanges of information."
  • BS 8644-1:2022: this will provide recommendations for the management, presentation and exchange of fire safety information. In doing so, it references the principles of information management using BIM within ISO 19650-1. Dan says: "As the built environment sees unprecedented regulatory reform, BS 8644-1 will support the exchange of key building information as well as the golden thread."
  • Flex 1965:2022: this standard aims to capture the characteristics of information management using BIM in the form of a method of specifying. In doing so, it will provide specifiers with the support they need to request that their suppliers undertake information management. Dan says: "With the Construction Playbook's ask for contracting authorities to adopt the UK BIM Framework, Flex 1965 provides the help needed to ensure it is adopted across the supply chain."

Source: BIMplus