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22-01-2021

Blog KitemarkTM certification - part 4

Part 4:  Application to projects 1

In this blog series I try to explain how VAN AKEN was the first architectural firm in the European Union has received a KitemarkTM certificate for BIM Level 2 in accordance with the ISO 19650. I will describe our findings during our route to a KitemarkTM certificate and hopefully encourage multiple agencies to follow us in obtaining a KitemarkTM certificate for BIM Level 2 according to ISO 19650.

If you missed my previous three blogs of this series, read it here.

A very important part of the KitemarkTM certification is the project specific applications. This is because it must be able to demonstrate that all clauses of the standard have been applied to a project (this can all be on one project, but that is not necessary). This is what makes the KitemarkTM certificate so special, in my opinion, as all carriers of the certificate have demonstrated to control and apply the processes for formulating, planning, producing, delivering and controlling digital information and information requirements for the entire delivery phase to actual projects. This is of course not as easy as it seems, especially since one has to convince client(s) and project partners to set up the project in accordance with the ISO 19650-2 standard.
In addition, in many cases it means more work in the preparatory phases (the phase before information is produced) to draw up the required documents. However, if one subsequently explains why the standard prescribes this way of working, it appears that everyone actually understands and accepts it largely. All processes described in the standard are based on the principle that the information need and information provision must be clearly recorded.

The essence of the standard can be expressed as follows:

  1. Require forms of information;
  2. Planning information deliveries;
  3. Information supplies;
  4. Approve information.

This applies to both the supply of information between the client and the main contractor(s) and between the main contractor (s) and the contractor (s). If we then look at the entire process, it obviously starts with the information requirements of the client.
ISO 19650-2 assumes that the client draws up documents in which other matters must be arranged in addition to the ILS, such as delivery milestones, prescribed standards, any prescribed methods and procedures and specific obligations.
Most of our clients do not have these information requirements available or not fully available. This means that, if we act as the main contractor on the project, we can help our client draw up complete information requirements. However, it may also be the case that the choice is made not to elaborate the information requirements of the client and instead to draw up extensive information requirements of the main contractor in order to ask for the missing parts.

For more information, please contact me: bart.jeurissen@vanaken-cae.nl