UK BIM Framework


Transition to the UK BIM Framework

BSI, CDBB and UK BIM Alliance have put together some additional resources linked below that will help you transition to the UK BIM Framework. More resources will be added as we continue on this journey – please do let us know of anything that you think would help others on their transition.

The new ISO 19650 series definition of BIM is broad and allows the UK BIM Framework to be valid for wider applications. A solid foundation of structured data, or in management of unstructured data, enables us to achieve the whole-life economic and social benefits from digital transformation.

As many construction projects are long-term, the UK BIM Framework supports PAS and ISO standards working side by side. The change is not huge – the concepts and principles of BIM are not changing – but it is important to start the transition to the ISO standard as soon as possible to maximise the benefits. The resources below are intended to support all organisations at each stage of the transition.

19650 Transitions

These slides provide further information on the transition from the PAS to ISO standards, and thus from BIM Levels to the UK BIM Framework. We encourage you to use these slides in your own presentations, we have included speaking notes to help with this

Resources for transitioning from PAS to ISO

Useful Links

Information Management Standards Landscape

The curation of standards is done by a representative set of industry experts within technical committees.  One such committee is B/555, the national committee responsible for standards around construction design, modelling and data exchange.  Shown below are the standards which constitute the remit of B/555.

These 60+ standards cover a variety of related topics including: Building Information Modelling (BIM), information management, library objects, construction drawings, technical product documentation, product data, and data structures.  It is hoped that this schedule will help built environment professionals identify relevant standards to support business processes as well as provide information relating to standards under development and their context within the wider realm of standards which support the built environment.

ISO 19650 Guidance

Part 1: Concepts Ed 2

The Concepts Guidance first released in April and updated in July 2019 is brief and high level and is aimed at a broad audience. It explores the general requirements of the ISO 19650 series alongside the case for building information modelling and digital transformation.

Part 2: Delivery Phase Ed 5

Guidance part 2 is written to support the implementation of ISO 19650-2 and is relevant to any organization involved in the delivery phase of an asset. It considers the arrangement of parties and teams according to ISO 19650-2 and the activities associated with each sub-clause within ISO 19650-2 clause 5.

Guidance part 2 should be read in conjunction with guidance parts A-F where more detail about particular activities and processes is needed. These associated guidance documents are sign-posted throughout this guidance.

Part 3: Operational Phase Ed 1

Guidance part 3 is written to support the implementation of BS EN ISO 19650-3, which sets out the information management process for the operational phase of the asset life-cycle. This guidance gives a high-level view of the part 3 standard and explains the similarities and differences between part 3 and part 2 (which addresses the delivery phase of the asset life-cycle).

Part A: The information management function and resources Ed 1

This guidance considers the information management function and resources needed for successful information management. It is relevant to parties, teams and individuals involved in implementing the ISO 19650 series across a project, within an appointment or within an organization.

Part B: Open data, buildingSMART and COBie Ed 1

This guidance considers the principle of open data and the benefits that can be derived through the use of open, shareable asset information.  It also provides information about buildingSMART and considers how buildingSMART solutions can help individuals and organizations to work in accordance with the ISO 19650 series.

Part C: Facilitating the CDE Ed 1

This guidance considers the requirements for CDE workflow plus CDE solutions to support the effective management of information containers.  It also explores the requirements for and application of classification, revision control and status allocations.

Part D: Developing information requirements Ed 1

This guidance provides a comprehensive insight into the development of organizational, asset, project and information requirements.  It provides helpful examples that are supported by the Information Requirements Line of Sight video and a populated example database.  (See below to access these companion resources.)

Part E: Tendering and appointments Ed 1

This guidance considers the requirements for the BIM Execution Plan.  It will be updated in due course to consider other tender and appointment resources.

Part F: Information delivery planning Ed 1

This guidance explores information delivery planning activities looking at responsibility matrices and information delivery plans.  It will be updated in due course to consider federation and breakdown structures.

PD 19650-0:2019 Transition guidance to BS EN ISO 19650

BSI have also published PD 19650-0:2019 Transition guidance to BS EN ISO 19650. This transition guidance has been prepared specifically to help the existing users of BS 1192 and PAS 1192‑2 understand any changes made between the UK’s existing standards, and the ISO documents which are to replace them.

Information requirements: Line of Sight Video

This video provides offers a short, informative look at the development of information requirements.  It should be watched in conjunction with Guidance Part D.

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Information requirements: database example

This database has been developed to support the information requirements examples explored in Guidance Part D and should be read in conjunction with that guidance.  It is for information only and its contents should not be reproduced.

Information Protocol to support BS EN ISO 19650-2

The Information Protocol has been developed as part of the BS EN ISO 19650-2:2018 requirements and provides an example of what could be included in an Information Protocol to be used when confirming to BS EN ISO 19650-2:2018 for projects and their appointments.

Government Soft Landings


CPNI published a range of advisory materials to help with understanding BS EN ISO 19650-5, its context and implementation. These are available in the resources section linked here.

Constructing Language Pledge

Construction processes have been introduced to a myriad of new terms, the Constructing Language Pledge aims to prevent terminology becoming a barrier to BIM.

Innovate UK funded BIM Toolkit project

The NBS BIM Toolkit provide both public and private sector construction projects with step-by-step help to define, manage and verify responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle.

Discover more about what Uniclass provides

Uniclass is a consistent classification structure for all disciplines in the construction industry. It contains tables classifying items of any scale from a large facility such as a railway, down to products such as a CCTV camera in a railway station.

Outline Scope of Services for the role of Information Management

This summary role description has been prepared for use on projects where appointments are based on individual scopes of service.

The B1M is the definitive video channel for construction and aims to inspire a better industry by sharing knowledge and expertise with a mass audience.

Beyond the UK

The European BIM Handbook

The European BIM handbook provides a central reference point for the introduction of BIM by the  European public sector. The handbook aims to equip Government and public sector construction clients with the necessary knowledge to provide leadership to its industrial supply chain. It was produced by the EU BIM Task Group, comprised of public sector clients, infrastructure owners and policy makers from over 20 countries across Europe.

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