BIM Implementation Plan

11.11.2014

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Implementation is the process of moving an idea from concept to reality. An effective implementation involves a large number of inter-related tasks organized to be carried out in a pre-defined sequence. In a BIM workflow, multiple stakeholders are required to collaborate and share information with each other. But often the information is at risk of being manipulated or misinterpreted, making project partners reluctant in using BIM successfully.

The ‘BIM Implementation Plan’, also known as the ‘BIM Execution Plan’ is an instrument that plays an important role in assisting all parties to be aware of opportunities and responsibilities associated with using BIM. Based on our experience of implementing BIM on variety of projects, we have defined 7 key components that build a BIM Implementation Plan.

Project analysis: It includes the current project status; stakeholder analysis; current method for design coordination, progress monitoring and cost analysis; and the general project risks and needs.

Proposed BIM scope: The BIM knowledge and experience of project stakeholders should be examined and realistic BIM goals should be set.

BIM activities and responsibilities: Combining the BIM capabilities of stakeholders and the BIM goals for the project, a responsibility matrix may be developed to define the activities, responsibilities and roles of each participating stakeholder.

Knowledge exchange:Efficiency is achieved by a drive to continuously improve. Thus, the need for knowledge transfer and training should be examined. Ideally BIM training and knowledge exchange will take place on-the-job.

BIM processes: With complex loops of information exchanges comes the need for maintaining a consistent workflow. This is true for individual BIM use cases such as design coordination as well as to control the quality of all the resulting BIM models. It may be an iterative process before all parties agree on a common work methodology, but it is essential to establish a protocol that is followed throughout the project life-cycle.

Timeline for BIM Implementation: A realistic BIM implementation schedule should be developed and aligned with the overall project execution schedule.

Installation of BIM within the project:A designated BIM Manager (internal or external) should be integrated in the structure of a project organization with the consent of all parties. This gives the manager enough authority and responsibility to drive the BIM implementation process.

A BIM Implementation Plan is considered to be a stepping stone for a project as BIM management strategy, BIM protocols, BIM standards and specifications are eventually created based on its principles. It is also important to understand that any implementation process brings with it a need for adaptation and adjustments to changes. BIM Implementation is no different. Thus, a BIM Implementation Plan should also be made flexible so that it can be revised with the developments in technology, processes, people and policies of the project.

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