BIM Execution Plan

The 'team' needs develop a detailed execution plan for BIM implementation so that there is a good chance of success. A BIM Execution Plan provides both an explanation of the intent of the project alongside how the work will be implemented. In line with the whole BIM philosophy the plan should be developed at the earliest stages of a project evolving as the project develops.

One of the most extensive sources on creating and sustaining a BIM execution plan is at Penn State University where a complete text may be downloaded that describes the development and maintenance of the plan.

Taken form the early part of that guide ….

“The plan should define the scope of BIM implementation on the project, identify the process flow for BIM tasks, define the information exchanges between parties, and describe the required project and company infrastructure needed to support the implementation.

By developing a BIM Plan, the project and project team members can achieve the following value:

  1. All parties will clearly understand and communicate the strategic goals for implementing BIM on the project
  2. Organizations will understand their roles and responsibilities in the implementation
  3. The team will be able to design an execution process which is well suited for each team member’s business practices and typical organizational workflows
  4. The plan will outline additional resources, training, or other competencies necessary to successfully implement BIM for the intended uses
  5. The plan will provide a benchmark for describing the process to future participants who join the project
  6. The purchasing divisions will be able to define contract language to ensure that all project participants fulfill their obligations
  7. The baseline plan will provide a goal for measuring progress throughout the project.

BIM, like other new technologies, can carry some level of additional process risk when implemented by teams that are not experienced with the implementation process, or if people are not familiar with the strategies and processes of their team members. Ultimately, the entire team will gain value through the increased level of planning by reducing the unknowns in the implementation process thereby reducing the overall risk to all parties and the project.''