UK BIM Framework


Transition to the UK BIM Framework

BSI, CDBB and UK BIM Alliance have put together some additional resources linked below that will help you transition to the UK BIM Framework. More resources will be added as we continue on this journey – please do let us know of anything that you think would help others on their transition.

The new ISO 19650 series definition of BIM is broad and allows the UK BIM Framework to be valid for wider applications. A solid foundation of structured data, or in management of unstructured data, enables us to achieve the whole-life economic and social benefits from digital transformation.

As many construction projects are long-term, the UK BIM Framework supports PAS and ISO standards working side by side. The change is not huge – the concepts and principles of BIM are not changing – but it is important to start the transition to the ISO standard as soon as possible to maximise the benefits. The resources below are intended to support all organisations at each stage of the transition.

19650 Transitions

These slides provide further information on the transition from the PAS to ISO standards, and thus from BIM Levels to the UK BIM Framework. We encourage you to use these slides in your own presentations, we have included speaking notes to help with this

Resources for transitioning from PAS to ISO

Useful Links

Constructing Language Pledge

Construction processes have been introduced to a myriad of new terms, the Constructing Language Pledge aims to prevent terminology becoming a barrier to BIM.

Innovate UK funded BIM Toolkit project

The NBS BIM Toolkit provide both public and private sector construction projects with step-by-step help to define, manage and verify responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle.

Discover more about what Uniclass provides

Uniclass is a consistent classification structure for all disciplines in the construction industry. It contains tables classifying items of any scale from a large facility such as a railway, down to products such as a CCTV camera in a railway station.

Outline Scope of Services for the role of Information Management

This summary role description has been prepared for use on projects where appointments are based on individual scopes of service.

Guidance Part 1: Concepts (Second Edition)

The Concepts Guidance first released in April and updated in July 2019 is brief and high level and is aimed at a broad audience. It explores the general requirements of the ISO 19650 series alongside the case for building information modelling and digital transformation.

The B1M is the definitive video channel for construction and aims to inspire a better industry by sharing knowledge and expertise with a mass audience.

Guidance Part 2: Processes for Project Delivery (Fourth Edition)

The Processes for Project Delivery Guidance is an evolving resource.  It will subject to quarterly updates as we explore the requirements of ISO 19650-2 in increasing detail.  This fourth edition addresses key areas that are relevant to all project team members with guidance into the areas of exchange information requirements, the level of information need, information delivery planning and open data and buildingSMART. It is intended to be helpful, practical and accessible to support the adoption of the ISO 19650 standards that are currently available.

Information Protocol to support BS EN ISO 19650-2

The Information Protocol has been developed as part of the BS EN ISO 19650-2:2018 requirements and provides an example of what could be included in an Information Protocol to be used when confirming to BS EN ISO 19650-2:2018 for projects and their appointments.


CPNI published a range of advisory materials to help with understanding PAS 1192-5, its context and implementation. These are available in the resources section linked here.

Government Soft Landings

Beyond the UK

The European BIM Handbook

The European BIM handbook provides a central reference point for the introduction of BIM by the  European public sector. The handbook aims to equip Government and public sector construction clients with the necessary knowledge to provide leadership to its industrial supply chain. It was produced by the EU BIM Task Group, comprised of public sector clients, infrastructure owners and policy makers from over 20 countries across Europe.

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