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BIM - ISO 19650 Certification

What does BIM Compliance mean and how do I get there?

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All companies have different starting points as well as varying client expectations and project types and therefore potentially different routes to become BIM compliant.

LRQA recognises this and will help direct you towards your BIM compliant goal by performing a one-day gap analysis, based upon interviews and discussions with key members of your team. This process allows us to understand the context of your business and map across your descriptions of what you do and how you do it, to establish BIM compliance. 

The gap analysis is the starting point – no documentation is required. Depending on the maturity of your BIM processes and systems, a full implementation audit and certification may follow. In the case of less mature systems, an iterative gap analysis may be needed, supporting your route to certification on a staged basis.

LRQA is the only Third Party organisation offering BIM Business Systems Certification across the range of scopes of BIM involvement throughout the supply chain, to facilitate ease of access to BIM projects.

LRQA is a global brand, and its certification represents international recognition of assurance and technical credibility.

The LRQA BIM Certification Scheme was developed with the intent of achieving a balance between rigour of assessment and pragmatism. We require no documentation to be provided in advance of the assessment.

The assessment process is detailed in the LRQA BIM Guidance document which can be found on our website, the link for which is www.lrqa.com/bim but the principle areas of assessment are as follows:

  • BIM competencies;

  • IT infrastructure and tools;

  • BIM project risk management;

  • ISO 19650-2 compliance;

  • Documented processes and implementation against a live BIM project.

Gap Analysis

The initial stage of the LRQA assessment is the Gap Analysis. During this phase one-to-one interviews with key staff, with responsibilities across the full spectrum of the required BIM scope of certification , will be undertaken. We have found this to be the most effective and efficient means of understanding the context of the processes under assessment and culture of the organisation which helps to build confidence, supporting our risk based approach to certification.

The benefit of this approach is that it provides the freedom of the interviewees to explain their BIM management processes without concerning themselves with how the described system meets ISO 19650-2 – it is the responsibility of the auditor to map across the described processes to the applicable standards.

The objective of the one-day Gap Analysis is to identify at a high level, any major gaps against the applicable standards and scheme principles and report any such gaps /identified weaknesses.

The Gap Analysis concludes with a report which initially takes the form of verbal feedback, the focus being on how the organisation can introduce changes which will take them closer to a BIM compliant system. The Gap Analysis feedback is followed by a detailed report of the findings and discussions around measures to address the identified gaps.

Implementation Assessment

When the organisation under assessment is satisfied that the reported gaps/weaknesses have been closed, the next stage is the implementation assessment.

The implementation assessment will initially focus on the findings of the Gap Analysis and the associated closure of such identified gaps, but will additionally seek evidence that the BIM Management system fully conforms to scheme requirements, and this assessment is undertaken against a live BIM project. If a live BIM project is not available to be assessed, then, subject to confirmation of a compliant system, BIM Ready certification may be awarded (unaccredited service only), with full certification being awarded once effective implementation of the assessed systems could be verified against the live BIM project.

An important area to be examined at this stage is the relationship of the organisation under assessment with his supply chain. This is to ensure that the cultural shift from the traditional contractual adversarial relationship to one of collaboration is being progressed.

Provided that upon the conclusion of the implementation assessment against a live BIM project, no major deficiencies are outstanding and that an action plan has been established to address any outstanding minor deficiencies then BIM Business Systems Certification can be awarded. 

An LRQA BIM certificate will be awarded, upon successful conclusion of the assessment process and also a listing on the LRQA website of the organisation. The scope of the award may comprise one of the following:

  1. Appointing Party/Lead Appointing Party
  2. Appointed Party

The validity of the awarded certificate is for a three year term, during which a surveillance programme will be undertaken. The surveillance programme serves to not only verify the maintenance of the standards, competencies and processes, against which certification was originally awarded, but also to verify management commitment to continuous improvement as measured against adherence to the action plan to close out the minor deficiencies, agreed prior to award.

LRQA BIM Business Systems Certification represents independent confirmation of BIM Management systems con-formity to recognised good practice leading to best practice through defined continuous improvement milestones, set over the three year certification term. A confirmation delivered by a brand with global assurance credentials. 

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