BSI Group, a global leading standards body, has awarded BESIX the ISO 19650-2:2018 certification, the world’s first international standard for Building Information Modelling (BIM).
The BIM approach, which has become indispensable in the construction sector, consists of creating a virtual model of the asset to be built. This significantly improves information management throughout the asset's life cycle, from design and construction to operation and maintenance.
Since 2010, BESIX has been a forerunner in the use of BIM, particularly for large projects such as skyscrapers and complex buildings, locks and port terminals, road and rail infrastructure, stadiums and environmental facilities. These include the Mohammed VI Tower in Morocco, the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant in the United Arab Emirates, the Al Janoub stadium in Qatar, the headquarters of BNP Paribas Fortis in Belgium as well as the Princess Beatrix Lock, the largest inland navigation lock in the Netherlands.
Kristof Vandenbogaerde, BIM Manager: "The ISO certification guarantees to our clients that BESIX carries out its works in compliance with the most demanding BIM standards. In 2017, BESIX was already one of the first construction companies in Europe to be awarded the BIM Level 2 certification by meeting the criteria of the PAS 1192-2 standard. We are very proud to remain at the forefront in this field."
François Lederer, Head of BIM, Digital & Sustainable solutions: "The attribution of the ISO certification to our group reflects BESIX's pioneering investments in digital skills over the last ten years. It also crowns the work carried out by our BIM experts throughout these years, notably under the leadership of Juan Nolet and François Snoeck who were the driving force behind this achievement."
According to BSI Group, "the ISO 19650 standard is an international standard for managing information over the whole life cycle of a built asset using BIM" and in this regard, applies to companies considered as "Tier 1 Lead Design and Lead Contractor".
The certification, which follows a verification of all procedures implemented in BESIX and BESIX Engineering Department, covers "all BESIX contracting activities; executed, supervised or managed by BESIX Engineering Department".