• UK Government Sponsors Revised Code of Practice

    Design and construction for operability

    The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has lent its support to the revision of BS 8536:2010, Facilities management briefingCode of practice. The revision will extend the scope of the standard to cover operational requirements through design, into construction and on to a period of aftercare once the facility is operational. The extended scope takes into account operational performance target-setting at the start of the project, information management, building information modelling, BSRIA's Soft Landings, Government Soft Landings and post-occupancy evaluation.

    It is expected that the draft for public consultation will be available after 1 March 2015. Publication of BS 8536:2015, Facilities management briefing for design and construction Code of practiceis expected in June 2015.

  • BIM Standard for the Operational Phase

    BIM comes to the operational phase

    Facilities management has received a major boost from the publication of a new standard for building information modelling (BIM). The work was sponsored by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) on behalf of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group with support from the UK government, and was undertaken by the British Standards Institution.

  • Design Briefing for FM

    IKEA style building

    Design for operability is the new mantra. The concept of buildability – the impact of design on construction – has long been recognised in design circles. Operability has yet to achieve the same level of consciousness among designers. The arguments in favour of design briefing taking proper account of the requirements for safe and correct operation and use of a facility are overwhelming.

  • Getting on Top of Information

    Information mismanagement

    Does your organisation find that it has plenty of data on some buildings and too little on others? Are you sure that you know what information you should have to operate your facilities safely, correctly, efficiently and effectively? If you are in any doubt then you need to take a close look at BS 8587:2012 Guide to Facility Information Management. This standard addresses a fundamental concern: how do we get on top of information and not let it get on top of us?

  • Information Exchange the COBie Way

    Example COBie spreadsheet

    BSI has published BS 1192-4 Collaborative production of information Part 4: Fulfilling employers information exchange requirements using COBie – Code of practice. This new standard provides the foundations and principles of Level 2 BIM and is one of seven deliverables that can help organisations reach Level 2. BIM models rely on the exchange of structured and accurate data throughout an asset’s lifecycle. For this to happen in a clear manner COBie (Construction Operations Building information exchange) is recommended.

  • Maintaining Standards in Facilities

    FM maintenance gets its own standard

    Facilities management owes much of its existence to building maintenance management, which continues to form a significant part of the workload of the FM sector. The publication of BS 8210:2012 Guide to facilities maintenance management provides guidance on how to achieve successful maintenance outcomes for a range of facilities. This new standard completely replaces the original 1986 standard on building maintenance management, which has now been withdrawn.

  • Making a Successful Transition

    Make adequate plans for transition

    What happens when it is felt necessary to change service providers or the mode of service delivery? How can this be done without disrupting normal operations? A new British Standard – BS 8892:2014 Transition management of facility-related services: Code of practice – has been designed to deal with such situations.

  • Procurement as Standard

    Managing supplies for a major facility

    Procurement is a key process within facilities management. The publication of a standard on procurement brings clarity and consistency to an area that has for long been neglected. Too often, decisions on the provision of services – security, waste management, cleaning, maintenance, even IT and catering – have been based on an incomplete understanding of the work involved. That can now be all in the past.

  • Roadmap for FM Standards Published

    See which standards have been published

    British Standards Institution (BSI) has published an FM Roadmap that shows key British (BS), European (EN) and international (ISO) standards and those in the pipeline to be published. The roadmap is a useful way of seeing at a glance both the breadth and depth of work that has been undertaken in standards' development. 

  • Security-minded Building Information Modelling

    Security-minded facilities

    The transparency, sharing of data and collaboration of supply chain partners afforded by building information modelling (BIM) means that there is a need for the supply chain to communicate in a security conscious way that still enables business to function, but also minimises the attractiveness of the information for those who might wish to undertake hostile reconnaissance.

    PAS 1192-5:2015, Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management has been published to specify requirements for security-minded BIM, digital built environments and smart asset management. It outlines the cyber-security vulnerabilities to hostile attack to enable clients and contractors to achieve security-minded modelling. The standard provides a risk assessment process to determine the levels of security for BIM collaboration which should be applied during all phases of the lifecycle, i.e. concept, design, construction, operation and disposal.

    You can download your copy of the standard from the BSI Bookshop.

  • Standard Practice is Best Practice

    Setting the right standards

    Mystery solved. One of the great misunderstandings is the role of standards – in the sense of British (BS) and international (ISO) standards – and that they are all about products. True, many standards are; but most of those published in recent years and under preparation in the area of the built environment are process-related.

  • The Society Represented on BSI Technical Committee

    Adopting standards can prevent failures

    Members will be no doubt be pleased to learn that the Society is recognised by British Standards Institution as a representative body in the facilities management field. As such, it is represented on BSI's FMW/1 Technical Committee for Facilities Management by Brian Atkin, Director of the Society. 

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