To effectively participate in any BIM project, an organisation has to understand how to participate in the definition of the BIM Execution Plan (BEP). One can refer to the BIM Execution Plan Introduction.
As it incorporates clients specific parameters, it can be used during the design, construction and commissioning stages of the project to record information to be handed over for facility management purposes.
It can be used as a reference to assure that all new and existing model parameters follow a consistent naming convention and reflect industry standards.
The Project BIM Brief can be used as a tool by the project team to decide what information should be included in the BEP process at different stages of the project, and by whom? It can be used for planning and guidance only or to document agreed contractual commitments and responsibilities.
Project Kickoff BIM Standards Orientation
Upon award of the project, the client should facilitate a Pre-Negotiation Project Kickoff Orientation Meeting, which will review all client requirements including those that apply to BIM and answer questions from the Project Team.
Facilitating BIM Coordination
Face-to-face meetings in which conceptual models are used for design review and coordination are the preferred means of facilitating technical discipline coordination. However, different project circumstances will determine the most appropriate approach. Remote means of conducting coordination, such as web conferencing, should only be considered after team members have already established working relationships through face-to-face meetings or when no other practical alternatives exist.
BIM EXECUTION PLAN (BEP)
The BIM Execution Plan BEP provides a baseline document, approved by the Employer, to guide the project team in achieving goals set, including BIM deliverables, throughout the project. It specially specifies the roles and responsibilities of project members when using BIM at different stages of a project, and contains details with regard to the BIM deliverables and the process through which the deliverables are created, coordinated, maintained and shared, in order to satisfy a set of project goals. A typical content of a BEP is as follow:
- Project information;
- Project members;
- Project goals & BIM uses for each stages of a project;
- BIM deliverables for each BIM uses,
- Model author and users for each BIM deliverables;
- Model elements, level of details and attributes for BIM deliverables;
- Process for BIM creation, maintenance and collaboration;
- Exchange protocol and submittal format; and
- Technology infrastructure & software used
The BEP is usually defined at the start of the project and can be updated to accommodate new project members or new uses of BIM. All updates should be made with the permission of the Employer or his appointed BIM Manager.
It can also be defined by the client, and made reference from the Principal Agreement via the BIM Contract Conditions.