A new kitemark for building information modelling (BIM) has been launched by the British Standards Institution (BSI).
The kitemark for PAS 1192-2 is for the capital and delivery phase of construction projects and is available to all companies that have already achieved verification stage and are certified to ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems.
The first firms to achieve the kitemark are Balfour Beatty, Bam Ireland, Bam Construct UK, Gammon Construction, Skanska UK and voestalpine Metsec.
“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,” said BSI product certification director of build environment Andy Butterfield.
“BIM helps companies drive out waste and inefficiencies in their projects, reducing costs and environmental impact. Having the kitemark for BIM will mean that companies are able to build their business in the new era of digital technology and access global markets, giving clients reassurance that they are working with partners at the highest possible standard.”
Bam Construct digital construction manager Mark Taylor said: “BIM is a major driver for the digitisation of the construction industry, influencing its direction both in the UK and abroad. We were pleased to work with BSI and our peers to develop the certification, providing a clear assessment pathway to achieve the kitemark. This will reassure clients and partners that we are working efficiently to the highest possible standards and that BIM processes are embedded within our systems.’
Skanska UK BIM and digital engineering operations manager David Throssell said: “Applied to our services it will reinforce client confidence and prove greater quality in the delivery of BIM projects.”
Balfour Beatty’s head of digital transformation Tom Leader added: “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.”