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19 July 2017

BIM Execution Plans - What are They and Why are They Necessary?

There are many well-known benefits of using Building Information Modelling (BIM) for a construction project. Amongst them is the significant reduction of waste, the ability to collaborate with all parties during any part of the design, build or maintenance phases and the ability to visualise a project in 3D, immediately highlighting any potential issues.


What is a BIM Execution Plan?


The success of any BIM project is heavily reliant on the execution plan used to carry it out. PAS 1192-2:2013, is one of the Publicly Available Specifications or guidelines set down by the British Standards Institution (BSI) for the construction industry. This states that a BIM Execution Plan (abbreviated to BEP) is -


A plan prepared by the suppliers to explain how the information modelling aspects of a project will be carried out”.


In summary, if BIM is the digital representation of a physical project, the BEP is the detailed report and guidelines detailing how this representation will be carried out.  


The Details


The specifics of the deliverables of the contracted project are listed within the BEP, as well as the requirements for information exchange in the BIM protocol. When multiple suppliers are involved in a project, there will be one ‘main’ BEP with subsequent BEPs created by appointees later down the line which are dovetailed within the ‘parent’ document.


Ultimately, if your project is using BIM as the collaboration platform, there are certain standards to be adhered to. Attention should be paid to all aspects of the design process to allow it to work effectively and efficiently – with the BEP being one such element.


At J.V. Tierney Consulting Engineers, we are invested in the Irish construction industry’s movement to sustainable design through the use of BIM and we have been assisting our clients to achieve their construction goals since 1948.


For more information on anything discussed here, visit our website on www.jvtierney.ie or give us a call on 01 421 4900 for a chat with one of our knowledgeable team.