David Churcher, UK BIM Alliance Ambassador and Director at Hitherwood Consulting, has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his contribution to the development on international standards and UK guidance for information management using BIM.

David has supported the development of the former UK standards PAS 1192-2 and PAS 1192-3 between 2011 and 2014 and been heavily involved in the development of ISO 19650 since 2014 where he was author of Parts 1 and 3. He has been one of the co-editors of the UK’s guidance to ISO 19650 and the UK BIM Framework since 2018.

David said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour and very pleased to be in the midst of the most significant change in the built environment sector in a generation. Better management of information is crucial for using built assets more efficiently and effectively and for delivering better value through design and construction projects.”

Dr Anne Kemp OBE, chair of the UK BIM Alliance adds, “I couldn’t be more pleased for David.  His dedication and meticulous eye for detail in developing standards and guidance is only a part of the story. For me it’s his calm demeanour and friendship which have been simply invaluable through some tough times over the years as we’ve journeyed through the highs and lows of “BIM” and all that goes with it. Thank you David – richly deserved.”

Sarah Davidson, Co-Editor UK BIM Framework Guidance “I’m delighted to learn that David Churcher has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021.  David is at the heart of the UK BIM Framework – he is central to the development of the ISO 19650 series of standards and continues to work tirelessly in progressing the accompanying guidance.  This honour, for services to construction, is well deserved; it’s great to see David’s dedication to the industry recognised.”

Anthony Burd, Associate Director, BSI “BSI would like to congratulate David Churcher on being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  David has made a significant personal contribution to the development of the all-important Building Information Modelling (BIM) standards since 2013, acting as Lead Technical Author to many of the UK BIM Framework suite of documents.

Commencing with PAS 1192-3, David then offered his expertise to lead the drafting of ISO 19650-1 and supported the development of the concurrent ISO 19650-2; when they were published in 2018, he moved on to lead the drafting of ISO 19650-3:2020.

David also wrote the BSI PD 19650-0:2019 Transition Guidance to ISO 19650 which was a vital document to help organisations transition from the PAS 1192 documents to ISO.  He also co-ordinated and authored the revised National Annex to BS EN ISO 19650-2 in 2020 and wrote the Transition Guidance for ISO 19650-3.

Along with ISO, CEN, the European Standards Body, has also benefited from David’s huge commitment and expertise, as he has provided assistance with the development of their guidance on the ISO 19650 standards, as well as other related CEN work.

BSI would like to thank David for his enormous commitment and dedication to standards work which has helped shape the information management landscape; his calm and respectful manner, coupled with his expertise has resulted in the publication of truly collaborative global standards.

This is a most timely and hugely deserved Honour.”

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