Defining the BIM Execution Plan
Updated: Apr 2
The #BIMExecutionPlan (BEP) has many definitions and interpretations among the various mandates, guides, and specifications across the globe. Although the requirements of a BEP may differ in different contexts, the fact that a BEP is a central component of any construction project using BIM is generally accepted as a means of implementing BIM.
The BEP is a document used as a tool to provide a standardized workflow and general guidance for strategic BIM implementation for a particular BIM project. The BEP usually includes the standards, the responsibilities, and the protocols that are used as a basis for a BIM project and capture the overall implementation process for the model generation, management, project collaboration, information exchange, BIM deliverables, and project close out.
The BIM Execution Plan is developed during the early design stages of a project and is continually developed, monitored, updated, and revised as needed through the implementation phase of the project. The plan should define the scope, the process flow, the BIM tasks, the information exchanges between parties, and describe the required project and company infrastructure needed to support the implementation.
The BIM Execution Plan has been acknowledged as a living document that usually includes:
the project scope
details about the delivery strategy
definition of the BIM roles and responsibilities
the project milestones
the summary of the delivery team's capability and capacity
the use of the IT resources
collaboration / data generation / information exchange
the project's Standard
the project's Methods and Procedures
deliverables/project close down
Defining the pre-BEP and post-BEP
In the UK context, the BIM Project Execution Plan is defined in PAS 1192-2:2013 as a “plan prepared by the suppliers to explain how the information modelling aspects of a project will be carried out" The BIM Execution Plan (BEP or BIMxP) is developed by the suppliers - typically pre-contract to address the Employer's Information Requirements (EIR), (in ISO terms Exchange Information requirements) clarifies roles and their responsibilities, standards to be applied and procedures to be followed.
In ISO 19650-2 the BEP has two different purposes in supporting the tender, appointment, and information delivery activities:
1. To provide evidence to the appointing party that the prospective delivery team can manage project information in line with any information requirements provided to them. This is referred to in ISO 19650-2 as the pre-appointment BEP.
2. To provide a delivery tool that the appointed delivery team will use to produce, manage and exchange project information during the appointment alongside other resources. This is referred to in ISO 19650-2 as the delivery team BEP.
The pre-BIM Execution plan is a response to the client's Exchange information requirements. The goal of the pre-BEP is to achieve effective generation, review, approval, and authorization of information by different parties. In addition, the BEP ensures that the delivery and distribution of information is secure and effective.
The delivery team Execution Plan is developed after the appointment. The delivery team BIM Execution plan should be developed and agreed with each appointed party to reflect their activities, the use of IT, and that they can work in accordance with the overall delivery team requirements. The Lead appointed party should also consult with the appointing party to agree on any changes or additions.
In simple terms, the BIM Execution plan defines the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE in a BIM project. The simplest way to start designing your project BIM Execution plan is to use a template as a basis and then adjust it to your project context, having in mind that a BEP is usually project-specific and is continually updated during the project lifecycle.
An online solution for BIM Execution planning is provided by Plannerly, a cloud based management platform. You can check it here: https://www.bimdesignhub.com/bim-software.
Author: Panagiotidou Nicoleta
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