Developing a BIM Execution Plan

Developing an effective BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is an essential stage in creating a successful BIM project. Prepared as a direct response to the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIRs), the BIM Execution Plan defines the plan for delivering the project, the expected data requirements or BIM deliverables for specific project milestones.

You will need to create a BEP for each individual project task within your BIM implementation programme.

The BIM Execution Plan comes in two distinct forms – Pre Contract and Post Contract.

The Pre Contract BIM Execution Plan

The Pre Contract BEP is a simple response from a supplier to the EIRs. It should not take a supplier too long to produce, as they will not be paid for the time employed to produce it.

The Pre Contract BEP should however cover an implementation plan detailing the suppliers’ BIM capabilities, competence and experience; together with project milestones in line with the project programme and the specified deliverables.

The Post Contract BIM Execution Plan

In contrast, the Post Contract BEP is a comprehensive response to the EIRs requiring more effort from the now appointed Principle Designer.

Under the CIC BIM Protocol the Principle Designer is responsible for delivering the PIM (Project Information Model) and must ensure that all members of the team collaborate and co-ordinate to create a clash free design. The Post BEP communicates how this will take place.

In both the Pre and Post contract cases explained above the Employer’s Representative is responsible for reviewing and approving the BIM Execution Plan  by taking account of the project team’s ability to meet the PLQ’s (Plain Language Questions) which form part of the EIRs.