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UK subsidiaries of BAM and Skanska are the first companies to be verified as meeting a new standard for building information modelling.

PAS 1192-2:2013 (Publicly Available Specification) is a specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling (BIM). It is sponsored by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and published by the British Standards Institution (BSI). It came into effect in February 2013.

BAM Construct UK Ltd and Skanska UK are the first two companies to be independently assessed by BSI and achieve verification.

From 2016, all government building and infrastructure projects in the UK will require level 2 BIM compliance. BAM and Skanska can now demonstrate to clients that they are ready.

In order to achieve verification from BSI of their BIM capability, the contractors had to demonstrate that they adhere to the requirements of the PAS 1192-2 standard.

An onsite audit assessed their documented procedures for all processes set out in PAS 1192-2, as well as the competency of staff and their documented complaints procedure.

A BSI Kitemark for BIM Design and Construction will also be developed in 2016 which will incorporate verification to PAS 1192-2.

BAM Construct UK quality manager Colin Pryor said: “We’re delighted to have received verification to PAS 1192-2 by BSI. BIM is a major driver influencing the direction of the construction industry both in the UK and abroad and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to work with BSI during the development of this scheme. In addition, with the UK government requiring all centrally procured government contracts to be compliant with BIM Level 2 by 2016, this verification will provide assurance to those within our supply chain that we are capable of delivering projects using BIM.”

Skanska’s BIM & digital engineering operations manager, David Throssell, said: “We’re very pleased to be one of the first companies to be verified by BSI to PAS 1192-2. This allows us to demonstrate to our customers and supply chain that we have the capability to deliver projects using BIM.  We’ve worked closely with BSI to ensure that the verification scheme adds value and addresses the key challenges that the construction industry faces around BIM.”

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