BIM Pre-Assessment Service
Why carry out a pre-assessment?
Companies planning to apply for the BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification may wish to consider having a pre-assessment visit which will be carried out prior to their document submission and initial audit. Whilst the pre-assessment visit is not a formal requirement of the company certification process, it can potentially shorten the time for the process by confirming early on the applicant’s readiness and identify any gaps or misunderstanding.
Some companies will already have a good knowledge level relating to the BIM Level 2 processes and have company and project specific documentation to support this. They also may have certification to ISO 9001 or other management systems and consider that they are ready for the audit of their documentation, systems, staff and procedures as part of the BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business Systems certification. However, in practice some businesses can be under-prepared resulting in additional work, cost and delays in achieving certification. A pre-assessment can help by identifying issues such as:
- Misunderstanding of the appropriate BIM Level 2 supply chain definitions;
- Misunderstanding of some requirements within the BIM Level 2 standards;
- Attempting to meet a requirement that does not apply to the organisation;
- Missing processes & procedures as defined within the standards;
- A lack of implementation of processes and procedures;
- Project implementation not matching documented policies and procedures.
What is involved in a pre-assessment?
A pre-assessment visit will be carried out by a BRE BIM professional with relevant industry experience who understands the technical implications for the differing company types working within the AEC sector.
The pre-assessment will involve a visit during which a review will be undertaken of your company’s role within the BIM Level 2 process and the required BIM documentation such as Standards, Methods and Procedures (SMPs). It will aim to identify any weaknesses, gaps or misunderstanding and determine if SMPs are implemented throughout the organisation in everyday practice. The findings of the pre-assessment can be used by the company to identify what further work is needed to meet the requirements and also to improve the efficiency of its processes.
A BIM pre-assessment does not guarantee there will be no nonconformities identified at either the desktop or site audit. Neither does it guarantee that this audit will have a positive recommendation. However applicants that opt for a pre-assessment and subsequently act upon the issues raised, will have a clear understanding regarding what and how they need to implement the BIM Level 2 requirements for the BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business Systems certification audit.