At last, the updated version of PAS 91 Construction prequalification questionnaires has been issued and is available as a free download on the BSi website.
The updated version is aligned to the Government Construction Strategy and set to be madatory for Government projects from 2016, hence is aligned to BIM level 2 requirements for the same year.
In preparation for the Government BIM mandate, optional questions have been included within PAS 91 examining competence in BIM and collaborative information exchange.
Working with organisations on PQQ’s, and indeed supporting the ‘modern construction management’ activities across the organisation necessary to win work in todays industry, we see many contractors unsure as to where to start with Building Information Modelling.
Yet now is the time to address BIM and get ready, at the least in awareness and understanding of how you will respond to and manage BIM requirements. Increasingly we see BIM related PQQ questions, not only through PAS91 but down through many PQQ documents.
The National Federation of Builders is optimistic the latest incarnation of PAS 91 will enjoy a wider take-up than much criticised previous versions. Paul Bogle, policy manager at the trade association, said: “The new version will be mandatory for central government and while that is not the case for local authorities we’re optimistic the new version will gain wider acceptance among local authorities too.” Source
But, already others are planning an alternative to PAS91