ISO 19650 is the prominent global standard for the implementation of BIM, focusing on the collaborative process integral to the entire life cycle of constructed assets. Developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this standard serves as a comprehensive framework for managing information from the conception of a project, through construction and operation to its eventual decommissioning. The development and publication of ISO 19650 highlights the commitment of international standards bodies to creating a consistent and efficient approach to BIM implementation on a global scale.  

ISO 19650 is a multi-part standard. Part 1 delineates fundamental concepts and principles, while Part 2 provides practical guidance for information management throughout the project life cycle. The scalability of ISO 19650 allows organizations to tailor its application to the specific needs and intricacies of their projects. As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 19650 reflects the collaborative efforts of standards bodies to enhance global construction industry practices. Throughout this process, transparency, collaboration, and consensus-building are key principles. ISO standards, including ISO 19650, are developed with input from experts and stakeholders worldwide to ensure that they reflect a global consensus on best practices.  

A country might choose to adopt ISO 19650 for several reasons, all of which contribute to the standard’s potential benefits in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of construction and infrastructure projects. Some of the reasons why a country might decide to adopt ISO 19650:

  • Global standardisation of processes
  • Support interoperability and collaboration
  • Consider a quality assured approach to information management
  • Competitive advantage and potential for cross boarder trade
  • Improved project delivery outcomes

In summary, the adoption of ISO 19650 by a country can bring about international alignment, improved collaboration, risk reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in the construction industry, ultimately contributing to more successful and sustainable infrastructure development. Countries will usually adopt ISO 19650 by publishing a national annex to the standard.

The Danish Building and Property Agency is a part of the Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing. The agency is the state’s largest property enterprise, contractor and supplier of government work spaces. The agency is divided into three core business areas; Construction, Facility Management, and Rent. As the state’s largest contractor the Danish Building and Property Agency is thus a part of the building project from contracting with the adviser to preparing the project proposition that will later become the initial project and then the head project to completing the tender, project management, and handing over the project to the customer. In their efforts to provide their customers with cost-effective solutions they have a focus on quality assurance throughout the entire project process. Among other things we do that by working on a strong building function made of all the competences involved in a project within e.g. economy, planning and execution. We are also working on quality assurance of the projects through systematic evaluations of the complexity of the project and the project material, which are thoroughly scrutinized for weaknesses so these can be altered before initiating the construction.

At the change of government in 2011, the Danish Building Authority became the jurisdiction of the ICT Executive Order under the Public Construction Act. Since 2007, the ICT Executive Order has been one of the cornerstones of Digital Construction. The Danish Building and Property Agency have gathered considerable practical experience with BIM in construction projects in the past 10 years. First and foremost it recognises that the ICT regulations have changed the industry. BIM has become part of the daily work routine for many consultants and contractors. There´s still is a lack of research and documentation in the field, but the fact that the large Danish contractors are hiring and developing their BIM practice, indicates that BIM pays off.

Molio is the building knowledge center designed to promote better and more efficient construction. Molio is the unifying knowledge centre for the Danish construction industry. It is the industry’s common and independent place for the development and establishment of common tools, standards and knowledge. Molio have a mission to be the industry key player who, through involvement, development and dissemination, makes the relevant knowledge available at the right time for the construction companies. Their vision is to contribute significantly to the development and digitization of construction, construction and operations for the benefit of the industry and society.

The Molio website contains lots of information, data and downloads related to their work in the construction sector digitalisation. Specifically Molio provide digital tools through their website to help construction projects. These tools help you to access the knowledge and data you need in an simple and easy-to-use way. Our digital tools support the central disciplines of construction – including estimate calculations, 3D modelling, documentation, collaboration, ICT and much more.

The Danish Building and Property Agency is a part of the Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing. The agency is the state’s largest property enterprise, contractor and supplier of government work spaces. The agency is divided into three core business areas; Construction, Facility Management, and Rent. As the government’s property enterprise for universities and office workplaces they have a mission that they must deliver more efficiently and professionally, than if the customers themselves were responsible. The Danish Building and Property Agency has evidently found that BIM models enables better coordination in projects, especially when combined with an efficient digital quality assurance. Better data for operations and maintenance is both an opportunity and a challenge, and the Agency will focus on these data for the years to come.

Denmark has had ICT regulations for larger public sector construction projects since 2007. The Danish Building and Property Agency has been the responsible authority for those ICT regulations since 2011. These regulations state requirements for the use of BIM and the open source IFC standard. This document titled the ‘Regulation concerning the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in public construction’ explains the use of ICT, including BIM for projects in Denmark. The regulation covers some of the legal aspects of BIM implementation including procurement and use or exchange of data.

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