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Defining the BIM Execution Plan

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

In this post, I explain the value of a well-constructed BIM Execution Plan in construction information management and the content requirements according to the international standard ISO 19650. You can watch the video or read the blog post below.

The BIM Execution Plan (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.

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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, and 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

  • data ownership

  • 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. Read the blog post ISO 19650 in 3 minutes - Information Requirements.

In ISO 19650-2 the BEP has two different purposes in supporting the tender, appointment, and information delivery activities:

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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.

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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 are secure and effective.

The delivery team Execution Plan is developed after the appointment. The delivery team BIM Execution plan should be developed and agreed upon with each appointed party to reflect their activities, and the use of IT so 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:

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Interested in learning more about the BIM Execution plan?

BIM training by BIM Design Hub introduces you to the concepts and principles of Building Information Modelling, BIM, in line with ISO 19650 and provides sufficient skills and knowledge of the BIM process, standards and guidelines that support the digitalization of the construction industry. You can find more information about BIM Design Hub CPD-certified ISO 19650 BIM training in this link: Watch the video below for an overview of the training.

Author: Panagiotidou Nicoleta

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BIM training by BIM Design Hub introduces you to the concepts and principles of Building Information Modeling, BIM, in line with ISO 19650 and provides sufficient skills and knowledge of the BIM process, standards and guidelines that support the digitalization of the construction industry.

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