Last edited 27 Oct 2016

BS 1192

It is widely recognised that poorly prepared and coordinated construction information is a significant cause of delay, expense and conflict. BS 1192 sets out a method for managing the production, distribution and quality of construction information. This includes construction information produced using CAD systems. It was originally based on work by Avanti and CPI.

The first edition was BS 1192-5:1990, which was replaced in 1998 by the second edition, BS 1192-5:1998. Third edition, 'Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice' was published in 31 December 2007 and provided a more comprehensive code of practice that could be applied to 2D and 3D model-based information systems.

It applies to those involved in the preparation and use of construction information during the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of the projects. It applies to buildings and infrastructure projects. The British Standards Institute (BSI) suggest that it might also offer useful guidance for software developers.

It establishes common methodologies for naming, classifying, layering and exchanging data when setting up projects that will involve collaborative working as well as setting out roles and responsibilities.

The exchange of data is managed through a Common Data Environment (CDE). This is the single source of information for the project, used to collect, manage and disseminate documentation, the graphical model and non-graphical data for the whole project team. Information in the CDE is classified as:

  • Work-in-progress.
  • Shared.
  • Published.
  • Archive.

On 1 July 2015, BSI published a revised version of BS 1192:2007 for consultation. As a result, in 2015, an amendment was published BS 1192:2007+A1:2015 Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice.

This in turn was withdrawn when further amendments were adopted in 2016, and a new version was published: BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016 Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice.

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