Transition from BS 1192 to ISO 19650

BS 1192 to ISO 19650

When we started the development process on ISO 19650, we expected some resistance from other countries. It’s never easy transitioning from one set of standards to another.  So why would it be different with the transition from BS 1192 to ISO 19650?

But what we didn’t expect was the amount of resistance we received from people in the UK.

Helping the transition from BS 1192 to ISO 19650

Many people expected the ISO 19650 series to be the UK 1192 series in all but name and they felt it was somehow different to what they knew.

Our brief was to retain as much as we could from the original 1192 documents. Given the constraints in which we were working, I think Anne Kemp, David Churcher and I did that very successfully.

UK 1192 series concepts and principles remain

I can assure you that the key concepts and principles of the UK 1192 series remain. Sure, it looks different, but it’s changed for the better, in terms of structure and clarity. It’s now a much more complete and logical set of standards.

The ISO 19650 series also includes all the work that was done, but not published, on updating the UK 1192 series.  This was based upon the lessons learnt in the UK over the past few years and aligning the requirements and terms within each document.

As such, it is recognized that there is a need to support people transitioning from the UK 1192 series and help them to navigate their way around the new documents.

This led to the BSI commissioning David Churcher, Anne Kemp and I to produce transitional guidance for those familiar with the UK 1192 series. This includes the mapping of terminology and key amendments, which will be published as PD 19650-0, alongside BS EN ISO 19650-2.

ISO 19650 guidance is key

I personally believe that the adoption of UK 1192 series in the UK was hampered due to the lack of clear guidance. As a result, we ended up with a scatter-gun approach to guidance that was based upon different interpretations. Which was invariably misinterpreted, contradictory or simply wrong.

The three leading bodies, the British Standards Institution (BSI), UK BIM Alliance and the Centre for Digitally Built Britain (CDBB). Have agreed to collaborate to create a single guidance framework. This will support the adoption and implementation of the ISO 19650 series.

This guidance framework is due to be available in the next few months.  It will be an ongoing process that will rely on everybody getting involved to share their experience.  I would encourage you to get involved in supporting this initiative.  Together we can help with the transition from BS 1192 to ISO 19650. In time, the guidance framework will become a valuable resource for everybody.

You can see some FAQs produced by the Centre for Digital Built Britain here.

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