Information and classification

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With the drive towards more efficient ways of working within the construction industry, classification is a necessary tool for making sure that the vast amount of information about a building can be accessed when necessary.

The adoption of a classification structure or system enables information to be labelled systemically, consistently, and provides a common language for all parties to use. This is becoming ever more important with information management as the key focus of BIM (building information modelling).

Examples of the types of information to be classified are:

  • Specifications
  • Product information/libraries
  • Drawing layouts and schematics
  • Schedules of rates/quantities
  • Information management systems
  • Operation and maintenance information

Classification can also be used for applications other than physical attributes, such as a built environment asset. As well as classifying the various systems installed and the individual items of plant and equipment which form those systems, there can be benefits to classifying other aspects of the buildings such as spaces and activities.

BSRIA’s consultants provide expertise in:

  • Selection of adequate classification structure or system
  • Identification of information needs: Organisational Information Requirements (OIR), Asset Information Requirements (AIR), and Employers Information Requirements (EIR)
  • Technical publications

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