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PAS 1192-3 in 4 Minutes

“Most people that build, own or buy buildings aren’t doing it for fun; they’re doing it to support a desired outcome” explains Fred Mills, Co-Founder of The B1M and presenter of PAS 1192-3 in 4 Minutes, an easily digestible video all about the UK’s guidance document for managing and operating built assets using BIM.

Getting a better digital handle on how our built environment is performing and how we are using it is powerful stuff. Having such information available will enable the AEC sectors to deliver assets that effectively underpin and support the business outcomes of numerous other industries.

PAS 1192-3: 2014 (part 3) builds on the principles of information management as set out in BS 1192: 2007 (part 1) and PAS 1192-2: 2013 (part 2) and provides a framework for managing digital information on built assets over their life. Like its sister publications, PAS 1192-3 describes the sharing of graphical and non-graphical information (a ‘data set’) in a shared online space known as a common data environment.

The key difference is that part 3 is more flexible than the rigid project process detailed in part 2 and covers a mixture of planned and unplanned events in an assets lifecycle. These might include maintenance, breakdowns, repairs, extensions, refurbishment or eventually demolition.


Such events are termed ‘non-consequential triggers’ but that basically means that they are things which could happen in any order. Each time one occurs, the ‘asset information model’ – the data set about the building – will need to be updated. That builds a detailed profile enabling users to properly understand their built environment.

“It’s just about getting a better, digital grasp of your building” explains Fred. “Collecting information on performance and usage and storing it in one shared space that the right people can access at the right time, to be able to make the right decisions about running your asset”.

You can apply PAS 1192-3 to the asset management phase of any building regardless of whether it was commissioned by you, acquired by you or is already in your ownership.

"It’s about getting a better, digital grasp of your building"

You can start today (explained from 3.00), by obtaining 3D drawings perhaps generated from a laser scan. You then link files and data into that 3D information; data on performance, maintenance regimes, costs, anticipated lifespan, health and safety procedures etc. and store all of that in an easily accessible, shared digital space: a common data environment.

In addition to reducing running costs and improving business outcomes for users, adopting PAS 1192-3 can accurately inform future development: “The next time you procure a building you can start with the end in mind, and focus all of your design, budget and sign-off around what your building needs to do… for you”.

Find out more in PAS 1192-3 itself, available as a free download from the BSI here:

This video contains extracts of PAS 1192-3: 2014, © 2014 The British Standards Institution, © 2014 Mervyn Richards OBE and © 2014 Mark Bew MBE. Model imagery courtesy of InteliBuild

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