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New international BIM standard heralds security-minded approach to information management

16 July 2020

IN ITS role as the UK National Standards Body, the British Standards Institution (BSI) has published the new international standard BS EN ISO 19650-5:2020. This is the third publication in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) 19650 Series and an important addition to the UK BIM Framework.

The standard aims to help organisations involved in the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of assets to reduce the risks associated to sensitive information which could impact on the safety, security and resilience of built environment services.

It specifies the principles and requirements for a security-minded information management approach, specifically addressing the management of information that’s obtained, created, processed and stored as part of – or in relation to – any other initiative, project, asset, product or service. It addresses the steps required to create and cultivate an appropriate and proportionate security mindset and culture across organisations with access to that information, including the need to monitor and audit compliance.

Ant Burd, associate director and head of built environment standards at the BSI, said: “The sharing of information can inadvertently lead to the exposure of sensitive details about a building, a facility or even a piece of critical infrastructure. By taking a security-minded approach, as outlined in this new standard, the risks can be dramatically reduced. We continually work with industry to develop and evolve our suite of supporting standards that seek to address those key aspects of a built asset’s life, from design right through to final decommissioning.”

Download BS EN ISO 19650-5:2020 Organisation and Digitisation of Information About Buildings and Civil Engineering Works, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) -- Information Management Using Building Information Modelling -- Part 5: Security-Minded Approach to Information Management here.