What is a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and when is it used?


In our Global BIM Management Certification program, we teach you how to create/follow a detailed BIM Execution Plan. This article answers the question “What is a BIM Execution Plan and when is it used?”

A BIM Execution Plan, or BEP for short, is a valuable and necessary part of any new construction project. It is essential when working in any international collaborative project to ensure that everyone working on the project is on the same page, cooperating and collaborating. An initial BEP is often created pre-contract, which will show the suppliers the intended approach to the project, as well as how they plan to carry it out. Once a contract has been awarded, a secondary BEP will also be created to focus on the capabilities of the supply chain.

Once actioned, the BEP is there to help all parties and teams within the project to stay on course. Even if there are setbacks or minor details that need changing, the overall plan of execution for construction is clear and can be carried out. The benefit of this is it helps the people involved keep on track with what they are doing within the project. A properly implemented BEP will ensure the big picture for the project is clear. By doing this, the project has a greater chance of being successfully completed on-time and within budget.

Communication is a key component of all construction projects. To be successful, it requires many different people working in tandem to achieve a unified goal. This is only possible with strong communication. This is another element a BEP can bring to a project. A well-built BEP requires the project team to work together and communicate from the very beginning to the completion of the project. The collaborative factor of a BEP creates a stronger team goal, rather than individual teams working on their own sections.

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On any construction project, transparency is also extremely important. A well-done BIM execution plan is ideally available to all stakeholders involved, from the client/developer and contractors to the construction teams; everyone should have a clear idea of what they are doing and what their role within the project requires. This will create a more open and stress-free working environment. There is often an unknown element to construction projects. Something as simple as weather can often derail the best laid plans. A well thought out and implemented BEP will ensure all parties involved within the project have a clear understanding of the process. If setbacks do happen, they can be more easily resolved.

A good way of looking at a BIM Execution Plan is to view it as a construction project’s rule book. The BEP will detail the roles of those involved, meaning who is working on the project and what their individual responsibilities are. On top of this, the document will show everything from the project milestones to the regulations that need to be adhered to, as well as all details involved with the supply chain, procedures, technology to be used, and a whole lot more.

The BEP is an extremely necessary part of any construction project going forward and if done correctly, will be able to answer almost any question put to the project. Every construction is different and requires a different BIM Execution Plan; but by properly implementing a BEP, your project has a far greater chance of being successful.

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