Will the New BS 8574 on Geotechnical Data Management Help?

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Following work completed by the AGS Data Management Committee, including Roger Chandler from Keynetix, the British Standard has published BS 8574:2014 “Code of practice for the management of geotechnical data for ground engineering projects”.

This code of practice is an important document for our industry as it lays out the requirements for geotechnical data management throughout the project lifecycle and emphasises the importance of planning even before the project has started.

It also helps to give guidance to the important area of Geotechnical data in BIM –  to quote from the introduction “The procedures described in this standard facilitate the management of geotechnical data for use in a BIM project in accordance with PAS 1192.”

The short code of practice gives recommendations on the collection, storage, archiving, sharing and transfer of geotechnical data and outlines the requirements for a data management policy, strategy, manual and plan.   There is no doubt that it contains valuable guidance and recommendations for any company operating in the site investigation industry, but will it make a difference?

The guidance in BS 8574:2014 will help organisations to improve their data quality and data efficiency.  Anything that helps our customers produce higher quality engineering solutions more efficiently gets our backing and we applaud the AGS data management committee for completing this work.

We feel that many of our customers will find the code of practice gives them good guidance on what they should be doing but does not go far enough on how to achieve it or the systems companies need in place to operate efficiently in accordance with BS 8574.  By systems we don’t just mean the software systems but also the procedures and training required to maintain a level of understanding and operation for geotechnical data management to BS 8574.

This is a topic close to our heart at Keynetix and we obviously welcome the publication of a British Standard on our speciality area.  We are however aware that our customers may need help with understanding what they need to change, or document, to make the most of the standard and to be able to promote that they are working in accordance to BS 8574:2014.

To assist with this process we are updating our Data Management Review service and will be offering 3 customers free reviews during June and July.  A review usually consists of a senior member of the Keynetix staff working at your offices for around ½ day interviewing your senior staff and data management operatives individually.  During the review they will trace the Geotechnical Data Journey around your office, focusing on the planning, investigation, testing, reporting, analysis and modelling phases of a project, linking each phase back to BS 8574:2014 and your existing quality documentation.  Shortly after the visit we will provide you with a report detailing areas of success or improvement and some guidance on how you could improve your geotechnical data management efficiency.

If you would like to apply for one of our 3 free Data Management Reviews please complete the form below or to purchase BS 8574:2014 please visit the following link   http://shop.bsigroup.com/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030244526

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