PLQ2.2 – BEP

Hello BIMfans,

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…

It took Rimmer seven weeks to write this BEP, and now he’s got to cram all of this information modelling into one night…

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:

  1. Planning and Documentation
    The documents, and forms outlining the who, what, and when
  2. Management
    Who is doing what, when will it be done, and what is required
  3. Standards, Methods, and Procedures
    The rules of play
  4. 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.

Hannibal loves it when an Execution Plan comes together


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.

The BEP can be accessed here

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.

Model Generation:
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)…

Note:  If you have any comments or opinions regarding my BIM Execution Plan, please let me know either on twitter, or commenting below.

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