UK BIM Framework

Standards & Guidance

BSI, CDBB and the UK BIM Alliance are developing resources in the form of standards, guidance, an information protocol and a  learning outcomes framework to support individuals and organizations in the UK to understand the fundamental principles of information management using building information modelling.

The guidance is structured as indicated below.  Guidance Part 1 and Guidance Parts A-F support the implementation of the overall published ISO 19650 series.  Guidance Part 2 and 3 pick up on content specific to ISO 19650-2 and ISO 19650-3 respectively.  Additional guidance is also available as part of the UK BIM Framework to support the transition to ISO 19650 and Government Soft Landings.  


BS EN ISO 19650-1: 2018

Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling — Information management using building information modelling: Concepts and principles

BS EN ISO 19650-2: 2018

Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling — Information management using building information modelling: Delivery phase of the assets

PD 19650-0: 2019

Transition guidance to BS EN ISO 19650

Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling (BIM)

This international standard sets out requirements for the security-minded management of sensitive information within building information modelling (BIM).

Collaborative production of information. Fulfilling employer’s information exchange requirements using COBie (Construction Operations Building information exchange). Code of practice.

Specification for collaborative sharing and use of structured Health and Safety information using BIM

Briefing for design and construction. Code of practice for facilities management (Buildings infrastructure).

Briefing for design and construction. Code of practice for asset management (Linear and geographical infrastructure)

ISO 19650 Guidance

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.

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. It also contains guidance for the 2021 UK National Annex and explanation of the changes from the 2018 National Annex.


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.

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.

It includes the purpose and benefits of managing information while an asset is in use, the headline responsibilities of the parties involved, an explanation of the ISO 19650-3 process and the use of trigger events.  It also includes insights into the key sub-clauses in ISO 19650-3.  It is accompanied by a more detailed process map which can be see below under Additional Resources.

BSI have provided guidance on the alignment for asset information during the operational phase of the asset life cycle and the difference from PAS 1192-3 to BS EN ISO 19650-3

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. It also explains the separate Information management assignment matrix (see Additional Resources).

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.

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.

This guidance provides a comprehensive insight into the development of organizational, asset, project and exchange information requirements. It has been updated to align with the use of asset information requirements and exchange information requirements in ISO 19650-3.  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.)

This guidance covers the development of the project information standard by an appointing party and the BIM execution plan by a lead appointed party. It also supports the Information Protocol and this part of the guidance is also available as a separate document (see Additional Resources for both these items).

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.

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.

Additional Resources

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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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.

Based upon the BIM Academic Forum’s ‘Learning Outcomes Framework’ (2012), this completely refreshed schedule, updated for the BS EN ISO 19650 series, is the result of collaboration between academics, UK construction industry education professionals and the UK BIM Framework member organisations.

The UK BIM Framework Learning Outcomes is aligned with buildingSMART UK Chapter’s Professional Certification (PCERT) 1 to be published later in 2020.

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Government Soft Landings (GSL) plays an important role in enabling a smooth transition from construction to operation. It also helps clients to assure the performance of an asset and inform future project performance setting.

The National Health Service Scotland (NHSS) GSL process map provides a framework and reference for other organisations to create their own specific plan which responds to their unique business procedures and the GSL principles.

This interactive process is aligned to the principles of BS8536 and whilst not fully harmonized with BS EN ISO19650-2 it provides a good reference point to support others in developing GSL workflows.

“The guidance to BS EN ISO 19650-2 is an extremely well written and helpful document, which is assisting in a clearer understanding of the processes of delivery according to 19650 amongst lecturers and students.

This guidance is particularly helpful in providing clarity on the definitions and clauses within BS EN ISO 19650-2, with informative images and useful summary workflows related to management functions, key documentation and the common data environment.

In my view, this guidance is an essential companion to BS EN ISO 19650-2 and will allow the industry and academia to gain a deeper understanding of the international BIM standards.

I am very pleased this guidance has been published and made available for all to access. Thank you to all those involved at the UK BIM Alliance, BSI and CDBB - fantastic work.”

Mark Swallow MCIOB, Senior lecturer, Leeds College of Building.

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