Your ultimate ISO 19650 guidance – how to get started (including 10+ quick-start ISO 19650 templates)

In the three ISO 19650 guidance videos ???? below we share tips to help teams follow the ISO 19650 workflow and implement better BIM (Building Information Modeling) using simple templates (for PIR, EIR, BEP, AIR… and more!).

Standardized ISO 19650 Workflows for BIM

BIM is used by many teams in the AECO (Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Owners) industry.

Each team tends to have differing views and disparate BIM goals.

This can cause some challenges ???? 

There are some great guidance notes available for ISO 19650 – this includes the excellent materials produced by the UK BIM Alliance.

Below (in the videos) we put some of the most important ISO 19650 guidance concepts, along with the included ISO templates to help teams follow a simple and consistent way of working (with respect to information management and BIM).

ISO 19650 Guidance on Document Types

The ISO 19650 guidance refers to multiple forms of documentation to plan, manage, track and control information.

Let’s take a look at those different types of document and why they are important:

ISO 19650 Workflow Explained

The ISO 19650 series describes eight phases starting with Assessment and Need right though to Project Close-out

Here we group the workflow into four simple parts with templates for each:

Some highlights from the ISO 19650 Guidance:

  • ISO 19650 kicks off with the assignment of the Information Management Function – this is a key facilitation role that is required to plan, manage and control aspects for BIM and information management on the project.
  • There is a critical focus on responsibilities – clearly stating what tasks are required to complete every step defined in the BIM workflow.
  • The ISO series uses “Shall” and “Shall consider” – this means some parts are mandatory (shall) and others are items that might need to be considered depending on the size and type of project.
  • In order to find all of the documents and deliverables – known as Information Containers – tomorrow, next year or 50 years in the future we need to adhere to an ISO 19650 naming convention.
  • Examples of naming conventions can be found in the “Informative” UK National Annex – not mandatory requirement – you don’t have to apply all clauses on every project.
  • Suitability Codes are used for revisions as meta data.
  • The key is to centralize information as much as possible so that everyone knows where to find the latest version of what they need – this concept is called the Common Data Environment – CDE for short.


ISO 19650 is not just about contract clauses, BIM authoring software and CDEs.

The ISO 19650 series provides a foundation of terminology, standards, processes and workflow for teams to all speak the same language when it comes to BIM and Information Management

Having an integrated toolset that supports and simplifies this ISO 19650 workflow – in a flexible way – can save a significant amount of time on a project.

We believe in simple ISO 19650 guidance and workflows that everyone in your team can access, understand and benefit from.

We think that community lead templates can boost the productivity of teams implementing BIM.

These templates are continuously updated by experts in your BIM community.

If you enjoy advancing BIM in our industry and would like to join the templates review team please register here.

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