Building Information Modelling (BIM) software packages are helping revolutionize the construction industry. With increased popularity increased standards are required to prevent the technology from becoming a confusing mess prone to compatibility issues. If this resulted it would possibly spell the end for technology with collaboration as one of its core philosophies.

The Need for Standards

While the future looks bright for BIM, the need for standards has become apparent. This need is often glossed over by the technology’s prophets who focus on the adoption of AI technology or how the technology has enabled the construction industry to carry on building in a COVID-19 world. However, rapid growth in the use of the technology particularly in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates has resulted in the technology receiving some form of institutionalized acceptance. This means that standards need to be implemented.

The need for standards also stems from the need to improve efficiency and accuracy. This in turn can improve the experience of both the builder and the client for even the most mundane of daily decisions and exercises. This furthers the collaborative philosophy that underpins BIM.

ISO 19650 Standards

Countries across the globe have already adopted a set of BIM standards. Countries include the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Norway, and Singapore. The UK standards set, BS 1192, has in many ways become the foundation for the development of BIM standards. Regarding these BIM standards set, for more information, please visit us at

In January 2019, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published a set of international BIM standards, known as ISO 19650. The standard set which is based on both the BS 1192 standard and public standard PAS 1192-1, was done in part because the organization noticed the cost of construction of buildings using the technology was reduced by 22%. The standards aim to provide a framework to help designers and contractors from different countries collaborate in a far more efficient manner.

International Standards for a Globalized Economy

The advent of ISO standards for BMI is being hailed by companies who often operate with and in other countries. As many countries and likewise organizations had no standards in place, many looked to create their own. This meant that engineers, contractors, and architects if doing business in a different country would need to familiarize themselves with any standard set that may have been available. This takes time and may result in errors costing the project both time and mine.

Having an international standard, like ISO 19650, will help keep all those involved on the same page so speak. Rather, than having to use several standards, only one needs to be adopted by the parties involved. This will help businesses see the 22% cost saving derived by ISO.


The construction industry as a whole has developed a reputation for balancing complex operations, sometimes at what must feel knifepoint, to see a project completed. The advent of BMI technology, with much emphasis being placed on collaboration, helps to better balance complex operations.

This caused a rise in popularity and a rise in how different companies approached the use of technology. This, in part, resulted in a need for a set of standards. These were first adopted locally, now with ISO’s set of standards, there is an international set of standards to help keep the global economy moving forward.