After synthesising non-graphical data out of the various documents I received when we bought our house and generate a spreadsheet of Existing Information, I now need to plan to create my BIM Execution Plan to satisfy my next Plain Language Question.
So what is a BIM Execution Plan or BEP? By referring to BRE’s BIM Terminology tool, a BEP is defined as:
Plan prepared by the suppliers to explain how the information modelling aspects of a project will be carried out.
So a plan is needed, but when writing a BEP there is a fine line between Genius and Madness…
The idea is that the BEP is the project’s master reference file; any question a supplier has about information modelling, the answer should be written in it.
PAS1192-2 it outlines what content should typically appear within a BEP, and there are templates also available online such as the ones developed through CPIx. However, these are not perfect and conflict with the standards, so I have decided instead to make my own. A BEP comes in two forms: Pre-contract to advise the employer how a supplier will comply to their requirements at tender stage, and post-contract as a tool for information modelling during the course of the project.
Please note, I have not written (and don’t plan to write!) a pre-contract BIM Execution Plan. The main reason is that as I am doing the work for myself so there’s no Tender Evaluation, therefore its purpose doesn’t exist. In addition, the key elements of a pre-contract BEP such as a summary of supply chain experience, project goals, and milestones are not applicable for a 1 man 1 phase project.
So I have instead focused on delivering my post-contract BIM Execution Plan. There are four key areas of a BIM Execution Plan:
- Planning and Documentation
The documents, and forms outlining the who, what, and when
Who is doing what, when will it be done, and what is required
- Standards, Methods, and Procedures
The rules of play
- IT Solutions
What IT formats/systems will be used
I filled each section in my first adding all the headings from PAS1192, then by reviewing my Employer’s Information Requirements and populating each heading to satisfy what I have asked for. This means that I have a reference document heavily aligned to the employer’s requirements.
There you have it, by working through the Employer’s Information Requirements I had written, I have now created a draft BIM Execution Plan for the development of my house’s Information Model.
Before I start using it however, I am going to need to make sure it is fit for purpose, so I will be asking for a peer review. Until then I won’t consider this PLQ complete.
2.1 What existing information is available?
2.2 Is there sufficient information to produce a BEP?
2.3 What is the layout of the house?
2.4 What assets are contained within?
2.5 What asset information can be linked to the graphical model?
Now that I have my draft BIM Execution, I need to programme what models I need to create and when. To do so I will need to generate a Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP)…