The success of your BIM project is down, in no small part, to developing an effective BIM Execution Plan.
The development of such a plan, for facilitating the management of information on a BIM project, is set out in PAS 1192-2:2013 where it is defined as a “plan prepared by the suppliers to explain how the information modelling aspects of a project will be carried out“.
The plan, often abbreviated as BEP or BxP, is developed both pre- and post- contract and is prepared as a direct response to the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR). The EIR is in essence is the clients needs/requests for BIM on the project.
The BEP will detail the project deliverables stipulated by the contract and the information exchange requirements detailed in a BIM protocol, such as the CIC BIM Protocol (a supplementary legal agreement that is incorporated into construction and professional services contracts via a simple amendment).
What aspects should be covered?
The BEP should include:
- Project Information
- Roles and Responsibilities
- BIM Objectives/Goals
- Modelling Scope
- Level Of Development Matrix
- Key deliverables
- Key project milestones
- Project BIM Standards
- Project Coordinates
- Modelling Standards
- File/Document name conventions
- Communication & Meetings
- Collaborative Processes
- Data Exchange Protocols
- Model/Data Checking
- Model/Data Subdivision
- Modelling Units/Tolerences
- Attribute/parameter data requirements
- Data Management Systems
- Project Specific BIM Content
- Clash Management Plan
- IT Requirements
- Common Data Environments
What’s the difference between a pre- and post-contract BEP?
At tender stage, before a contract is agreed, a prospective supplier will develop a BEP with the aim of demonstrating their proposed approach, capability, capacity and competence to meet the client requirement in general terms.
Once a contract has been awarded then the winning supplier is required to submit a further BIM Execution Plan. The focus of this post-contract document is to confirm the supply chain’s capabilities.
Who is responsible for the BEP when multiple suppliers are appointed?
Where a contract has appointed a number of suppliers, there is likely to be one main BIM Execution Plan (with responsibility for its production set out in appointment documents). Any subsequent BEPs from later appointees must then dovetail with the existing main BIM Execution Plan.
Where do I start?
There are no hard or fast rules here every project has different needs so each plan should be tailored to suit. Develop a template that suits company needs as a start point or adopt a pre existing one.