The NSAI acknowledges the recent publication of the National BIM Council’s:

The NSAI welcomes the recognition in these strategy documents, of the key role that “Standards” and “Certification” will play, to drive consistency, efficiency and productivity in the Irish construction industry. This has raised some enquiries about what standards are currently available for use, and what the NSAI are doing in relation to BIM. This information paper aims to provide some interim guidance on BIM standards for organisations, while the government strategy is implemented.

What is the NSAI position on BIM Standards Development?

In 2016, the NSAI established a national mirror committee for BIM, to monitor standards development work already being carried out by the European Standards Committee for Standardization (CEN) technical committee CEN/TC 442, as well as the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) technical committee ISO/TC 59/SC13. Under EU regulations, once CEN begins working on EU standards, members states are precluded from developing or maintaining conflicting national standards, but can actively participate in, contribute to, or monitor, the work at CEN or ISO level. Since there are currently no national standards in this area, NSAI will not be developing any new national standards, but will continue to contribute to the work at CEN & ISO through the national mirror committee.

What do BIM standards cover?

In the broadest sense, the standards cover the production, management and exchange of architectural, engineering, construction and operational information, regarding the built environment. These standards deal specifically with the process for structuring electronic or digital building information, using Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM refers to the use of a shared digital representation of a built object, to facilitate the construction and operation process, including buildings and infrastructure. BIM is relevant to planning, design, construction and operations of built assets, to form a more reliable basis for decision making and management.

Why are BIM Standards Important?

As the NBC’s “Roadmap to Digital Transition” correctly points out, “…a highly efficient digitised planning, design, construction and built asset or property real estate sector, will depend on highly standardized “machine readable” data. A common agreement (standard) between all of the various built environment stakeholders is required, on how to describe all elements of buildings or infrastructure, from the macro level, down to individual building products, in a common data language. This should be open, vendor-neutral, and in line with best-practice international and European standards, to allow Irish companies to work and compete at a global level”.

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Source: NSAI