🌐 ISO 19650 Explained In Five Minutes

The video 🎥  below is from a talk explaining ISO 19650 for the US 🇺🇸 BIM market.

We explain why ISO 19650 is important for teams in the USA, what ISO 19650 is and share some resources to get started.

Thanks go out to the group of around 200 people at this online BIM (Building Information Modeling) conference by USC! 🙌

🇺🇸 Why should the USA care about ISO 19650?

There are many excellent BIM standards and guidelines in the US and worldwide. However, the newest, most prevalent, and most developed is the “ISO 19650 series” (watch more video intros here).

With the adoption of ISO 19650 in multiple countries (at a government level) and support from crucial BIM leadership groups, ISO 19650 is becoming the global BIM standard

Some key points about the ISO 19650 standard: 

  • ISO 19650 outlines the concepts and principles for information management (BIM)
  • ISO 19650 can be applied to all asset types (projects)
  • And ISO 19650 is a truly unified approach for BIM management 🎉

ISO 19650 standards are being adopted by multiple countries

BIM professionals see ISO 19650 as the “Global BIM Standard”

To reinforce the importance of ISO 19650 in the USA the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) is combining forces with the Center for Digital Built Britain (CDBB).

These two groups (NIBS and CDBB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help teams in the design and construction industry implement better information management practices.

The effort in the US will adapt the UK program and materials (with the excellent work from the UK BIM Alliance!) as a guide to developing a U.S. national roadmap aligned with the international standard for ISO 19650.

🎥 ISO 19650 Explained in five minutes

Ok, so ISO 19650 is important so let’s take a deeper look…

In the five minute video below we explain ISO 19650, share why teams should care about it and introduce some ISO 19650 resources to get started (resource links in conclusion below).


The 🌐 ISO 19650 series of standards are the most comprehensive BIM / information management standards available in the world today.

As the partnership between NIBS and CDBB develops there will likely be a US National Annex (US NA) developed for the ISO 19650 series.

A ISO 19650 National Annex (NA) is an appendix document for any country to add their local/specific requirements for implementation of the standards in their region.

This National Annex will contain adaptations to local BIM practices in the USA.

For the US National Annex there will be many views – two engaging topics to anticipate are: 1) the ongoing debate about LOD and Level of Information Need and 2) file naming standards.

Learn more about ISO 19650 and make sure that your team gets involved as the National Annex is developed for the USA!


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  1. ISO 19650 Templates
  2. ISO 19650 Workflow (BELOW)

Which ISO 19650 template will you use first?

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