A protocol for operational BIM

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Unpacking the new digital data management protocol for the operational, rather than delivery, phase of a building’s lifecycle

The international standard BS EN ISO19650-3 deals with digital information management during the operational phase of an asset’s lifecycle. The management of digital information during the delivery phase of the asset, on the other hand, is covered by BS EN ISO19650‑2. In 2020 the UK BIM Framework and the Construction Industry Council published an information protocol that gathers together the legal and contractual requirements arising from ISO 19650-2. A new protocol linked to ISO 19650-3 was published in November; it is available on the UK BIM Framework website. For the sake of brevity, this is referred to as IP3 and the protocol dealing with ISO 19650-2 as IP2.

The structure and layout of IP3 reflects that of IP2. Both protocols set out the obligations of the parties, the establishment of the common data environment in which the information is stored and accessed by the parties, and the management and use of that information. Like IP2, IP3 has as its front page the information particulars; the place where all the documentation relevant to information management is identified and recorded. It is sufficient simply to complete the information particulars on the front page to make the protocol effective. It is of course possible to amend the protocol on a project-specific basis, but that is not necessary. What is important is that the protocol is incorporated properly into the contract.

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