• 20 Sep 2022

RIAI BIM Pack 2 : BIM Update with ISO 19650 Series & BIM Guide for SMEs

The RIAI Is pleased to announce the launch of the RIAI BIM Pack 2.

The Liaison Committee for the Construction Industry recently updated the Code of Practice for Tendering which has incorporated BIM in accordance with the ISO 19650 series. The RIAI BIM Pack, which was initially released in 2019 is now updated to reflect the changes to the ISO 19650 series of standards.  The online resource is aimed at Architects and Architectural Technologists as well as clients, industry professionals and educators in this sector.  The RIAI BIM Pack 2 comprises the following suite of documents:

  • BIM Update with ISO 19650 Series
  • BIM Guide for SMEs
  • Appendix 1 - File Naming Standards
  • Appendix 2 - Model Responsibility Template
  • Appendix 3 - Master Information Delivery Plan Template

The BIM Update with ISO 19650 Series document provides advice for organisations considering bidding on a project that includes a requirement for BIM in accordance with ISO 19650-2:2018.  It is also useful when being required to assist clients in the preparation of tender documents for a contractor where BIM is a requirements. This document is intended to support all BIM work undertaken collaboratively between the design team members identified in the roles defined in ISO 19650-2:2018.  It provides advice for organisations and individuals considering bidding on a project that includes a requirement for BIM in accordance with ISO 19650-2:2018. The document is also useful when being required to assist clients in the preparation of tender documents for a contractor where BIM is a requirement.

The BIM Guide for SMEs attempts to provide assistance to sole practitioners and SMEs to transition from 2D CAD to BIM, suggesting a series of sequential steps to achieve the ultimate goal of BIM implemented to ISO 19650 series. While references are made to other RIAI publications on BIM standards and guidance documents, prior knowledge and understanding of these documents is not essential. From past surveys, BIM remains a significant challenge for SME businesses, which make up a large proportion of the construction industry. There is a significant need to provide quality guidance to those in this sector regarding the qualitative and standard requirement recommended to ensure all projects are using similar standards, and what aspects of the ISO standards can be applied to suit the programme, size and complexity of a project.

Michael Earley, Chair of the RIAI BIM Committee, introduced the new RIAI BIM Pack 2 to delegates at the hybrid event BIM Coordinators Summit held on Thursday, 8 September presented an overview of the ISO 19650 series of standards with a focus on the Appointing Party.