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KEY Aspects of a Successful BIM Execution Plan (BEP)


It’s critical to create a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) before undertaking any significant construction project, which will be reviewed and implemented throughout the project’s various phases. A BIM execution plan is a detailed document that assists the project team in determining and implementing the role of BIM in the various stages of construction management.

Plan execution is frequently halted and buried in redundant micro-details during construction projects, making it difficult to uncover and identify important data to keep projects moving forward and create on-time deliverables. BIM Execution Plans (BEPs) that are properly constructed assist teams stay on track by focusing on the major elements rather than the micro-details, saving hours.

What is a BIM execution plan (BEP)? Who needs a BEP? What are the types BEPs? What are the key elements of a successful BEP?

Let’s Explore the KEY aspects of a comprehensive BIM Execution Plan (BEP) for a successful construction project.

BIM Execution Plan (BEP)

Building information modeling (BIM) has transformed the way most architects, engineers, & construction professionals plan, design, build and manage a project.

To bring the BIM methodology and model to life, you’ll need a precise strategy. That’s where a BIM execution plan comes in, keeping all stakeholders in the loop and informed about any issues or changes that arise.

What is BIM Execution Plan (BEP)?

The BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is intended to establish a basic framework for the successful integration of advanced design technologies on your BIM-enabled project. Rather than optimizing segregated interests, the BEP focuses on improving work and model flow across the project. To reduce downstream surprises, rework, redundancies, or gaps in the flow of (model-based) information, good planning of the design-to-engineering-to-construction process is critical.

The conventional BIM Execution Plan (BEP) may be sufficient for BIM workflow for minor rehabilitation projects with limited engineering or build-side participation. A BEP will be required of the AE and the GC for larger projects with several team members on both the design and build sides to better coordinate the BIM workflow.

BIM Execution Plan is similar to RFI (Request for Information)/ RFP (Request for Proposal), which are commonly used in the information technology area. The BEP shall be written in direct response to the Employer’s Information Requests (EIR).

Initially, the owner will present their project expectations of the BIM process through their BIM template, and in response, the contractors or design team will present their method of delivering that project, outlining the entire process through a BIM Execution Plan for the owner to review and agree. The contract’s projected project deliverables, as well as the information exchange protocol & requirements will be detailed in the BIM Execution Plan.

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Pre-Contract BEP vs Post-Contract BEP

1. Pre-Contract BEP

A potential supplier will prepare a BEP during the tender stage before a contract is agreed, this helps to demonstrate their suggested strategy, competency, capacity, and competence to satisfy the EIR in general terms.

2. Post-Contract BEP

Following the signing of the contract, the selected supplier is obliged to present a BIM Execution Plan. The purpose of this post-contract document is to confirm the capabilities of the supply chain. A Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP) is also submitted, which specifies when project information is prepared across a project, who is accountable for preparing it, and what protocols and procedures will be used to develop it. The data is based on a set of Task Information Delivery Plans (TIDPs) that detail who is in charge of each information deliverable.

KEY Elements of a Successful BIM Execution Plan (BEP)

When it comes to establishing information management, planning, and documentation, there are a lot of variables to consider. 

The following aspects of information should be addressed by a BEP (BIM Execution Plan):

(I) Project Details

Include the project number, location, and a summary of the project’s features.

(II) Project / BIM objectives

The project’s strategic value and specific BIM applications must be documented.

(III) Roles and Responsibilities

One of the most important duties is to identify the planning and implementation process coordinator(s) at each stage of the project. This is especially crucial when determining the entities that will lead the development of the BIM strategy as well as the professionals required to successfully implement the plan.

(IV) BIM Process Design

This section should employ process maps created in the second step of the planning procedure to illustrate the execution process.

(V) BIM Information Exchange

The model components and amount of detail required to implement each use of BIM should be explicitly stated.

(VI) Collaboration Procedures

The team should work on developing its digital and collaborative activity procedures. Defining model management procedures is a crucial part.

KEY Elements of a Successful BIM Execution Plan

(VII) Quality Control

A procedure should be designed and monitored to guarantee that project participants adhere to the BEP’s standards.

(VIII) Technology/Infrastructure Required

The hardware, software, and network infrastructure required to carry out the plan should be determined.

(IX) Model Structure

Model structure, file name structure, coordinate system, and modeling standards should all be examined and documented by the team. 

(X) Task Information Delivery Plan (TIDP)

Identifying the delivery of each supplier’s information, and the deliverables required by the owner should also be documented.

(XI) Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP)

The MIDP is essentially a compilation of Individual Task Information Delivery Plans (TIDP) prepared by other team members, and it includes details such as when project information is to be prepared, who is responsible for producing it, and what protocols and procedures for each stage are to be followed.

As per studies conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction, BIM usage among general contractors grew from 50% to 74%. The trend seems to be on the rise. Large firms report 91% adoption while small firms report only 49% adoption of BIM.

However, BIM selection and implementation has its set of objections, fundamental among them being:

  • Large investment in expensive software
  • Scarcity of qualified and skilled resources
  • Infrastructure requirements to support BIM technology

Therefore Outsourcing BIM services is recommended as a proven, efficient and feasible solution to overcome the challenges of BIM implementation.

INDOVANCE Inc delivers a full range of BIM modeling projects. We work on parametric family creation, clash detection, model creation for all LOD (Level of Detail), 4D, 5D, and 6D support, and model phasing, as well. We also provide complete support for CAD to BIM, point cloud to BIM, and PDF to BIM conversions.

For more queries regarding any of the above-mentioned topics, feel free to connect with us on our website www.indovance.com, or contact us at +1-919-238-4044.

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