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BIM Execution Plan (BEP)

BIM Execution Plan (BEP)

The cornerstone of Building Information Modeling (BIM) lies in its foundation of "Information." At its core, a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is meticulously crafted to orchestrate the management of this vital information throughout the lifecycle of a BIM project. Simply put, it serves as the roadmap governing how the information modeling aspect of a project unfolds.

The significance of a BIM Execution Plan cannot be overstated. It serves as an indispensable component of any new construction endeavor, gaining even greater importance in projects necessitating international collaboration. Its overarching aim is to ensure the seamless accessibility of precise information at every juncture, thereby fostering efficiency and clarity.

In essence, envision the BIM Execution Plan akin to the Request for Information (RFI)/Request for Proposal (RFP) commonly employed in the realm of Information Technology. Crafted in direct response to the Employer's Information Requirements (EIR), the BEP serves as a detailed blueprint outlining how the project's objectives will be achieved.

Initially, the owner delineates their expectations for the BIM process through a predetermined template. In turn, the Contractors or Design team reciprocate with their strategy for project delivery, encapsulating the entire process within the BIM Execution Plan for the owner's scrutiny and endorsement. This comprehensive document delineates not only the project deliverables as per the contract but also the protocols and requisites for information exchange.

BIM Execution Plan

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1. Delivering Project, On-time & Within Budget

When the BEP is implemented, all the stakeholders and teams will benefit from it. So, if in case, there are any changes of course or detail changes, the general execution plan for construction is clear and can be a BIM implementation plan. The main advantage of BXP is that involved people will have a clear understanding of their role and contribution. A properly implemented BXP will make sure that a broader view of the project is clear. As a result, the project will have a higher chance of being on time and under budget.

2. BEP- Rule Book of a Construction Project

BIM Execution Plan is a highly acknowledged and acclaimed concept in BIM methodology throughout the world by process-oriented professionals. It’s a Rule Book of a construction execution plan & project laid out to help every stakeholder involved in the project. BXP is a document that will answer the following questions of individuals involved within a construction project.

+ What we will do in the BIM Process?
+ What kind of format we will use?
+ What all software will be used during the process?
+ What all processes/teams are involved throughout the process?
+ Who will be responsible for each of the involved processes?
+ Where will be the exchange of data between respective teams
+ What is the quality of the model that we will need?
+ Level of Development (LOD) required at each phase of the project
+ Roles and responsibilities of every team at each phase

3. Clear Structure of Collaboration- Communication

Another key component of the BIM Execution Plan is communication and collaboration during the project. Every team is aware of the information that needs to be coordinated and the timeline of that coordination. From the start to the completion of the project, stakeholders are well-informed with the collaboration structure, ensuring a smooth process through the project. In case of any miscommunication, there is a clear understanding of responsible parties and it can be resolved in a short time.

4. Transparency- A Welcome Factor in Construction Projects

Any construction project tends to be heavily dependent on output from separate teams responsible for different responsibilities. In such a situation, it becomes extremely important to have a transparent process flow. A well-implemented BIM Execution Plan is normally available to every involved team and team members. From A/E team, Contractors, Developers to Construction teams, everyone is aware of their role and their set-out expectations within the project.

This results in a stress-free working environment. There is always an element of uncertainty in construction projects. Sometimes, unexpected weather situations can hamper the best-designed plans. In such cases, a well-implemented BXP ensures that all the teams are aware of the process. So, in the case of any unfortunate events, it can be more easily resolved.

BIM Execution Timeline

At what stages it is implemented and role at each stage? BIM Execution Plan (BXP) is usually prepared at two of the following stages:

Pre-Contract: Response to EIR (Employer’s Information Requirements)

At the initial stage, before the contract agreement, a prospective supplier is required to propose a BXP with the objective of demonstrating its capability and approach against the EIR.

Post-Contract: MIDP (Master Information Delivery Plan)

Once the contract stage is finalized, the winning supplier needs to present a detailed BIM Execution Plan further. It will be majorly focused on supply chain capability. A Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP) is also laid out which gives the guidelines of information flow, who is responsible for preparing the information, what protocols and processes will be maintained to develop that information. The information is based on the multiple Task Information Delivery Plans (TDIP) which defined the responsibility of each information deliverable.

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