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What is Building Information Management ?

Building Information Management or BIM is the process of designing, constructing and operating a building with the use of electronic object-orientated information, through Building Information Models.

Building Information Modelling/Management (BIM) technology has attracted the attention of many researchers and academicians as a new concept that has increased rapidly in the construction sector in recent years. The time-dependent changing society has affected the expectations and demands of the construction industry and triggered/resulted in the production of more complex and original projects accordingly. Building Information Modelling/Management (BIM) concept has become a necessity in today’s construction industry in terms of providing integration between project stakeholders and providing the possibility of processing and storing the project data in a common point. When international studies are examined, it is seen that the implementation of the Building Information Modelling/Management (BIM) approach is a mandatory job and/or task in the construction industries of the developed countries. It is observed that they follow this new trend in their rapidly developing countries. This study proposes a procurement framework based on the implementation of Building Information/Management (BIM) to achieve ‘best results’ in construction projects. A case study presented in this study proves the applicability and usefulness of the proposed Building Information Modelling/Management (BIM) approach in a complex construction project funded by the private sector. Contractual arrangements recommended for the project with an effective resource management approach, one of the basic principles of Building Information Modelling/Management (BIM); benefits such as improved productivity, better coordination and minimized errors and repetition of works.

Why BIM Process is necessary

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To effectively integrate BIM into the project delivery process, it is important for the team to develop a detailed execution plan for BIM implementation. A BIM Project Execution Plan (hereinafter referred to as the ‘BIM Plan’) outlines the overall vision along with implementation details for the team to follow throughout the project. The BIM Plan should be developed in the early stages of a project; continually developed as additional participants are added to the project; and monitored, updated, and revised as needed throughout the implementation phase of the project. 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.

Who Should Develop the BIM Plan?

To develop the BIM Plan, a planning team should be assembled in the early stages of a project. This team should consist of representatives from all the primary project team members including the owner, designers, contractors, engineers, major specialty contractors, facility manager, and project owner. It is very important for the owner, as well as, all primary team members to fully support the planning process. For the initial goal setting meetings, key decision-makers should be represented from each of the organizations so that the overall goals and vision for implementation on the project are clearly defined for further planning initiatives. Once this initial goal setting is complete, then the detailed implementation processes and information exchanges can be developed and implemented by the lead BIM coordinators for each of the parties.

The BIM Project Execution Planning Procedure

This guide outlines a four-step procedure to develop a detailed BIM Plan. The procedure is designed to steer owners, program managers, and early project participants through a structured process to develop detailed, consistent plans for projects. This procedure was developed through a multi-step research process which included industry interviews with over 40 industry experts, detailed analysis of existing planning documents, focus group meetings with industry participants, process mapping research to design an efficient and effective mapping structure, and case study research to validate the procedure.

The four steps, consist of identifying the appropriate BIM goals and uses on a project, designing the BIM execution process, defining the BIM deliverables, and identifying the supporting infrastructure to successfully implement the plan. These steps are introduced in the following sections, and then a chapter in this guide is dedicated to explaining the details related to each step. Detailed templates have also been created to support each of these steps.

Identify BIM Goals and Uses

One of the most important steps in the planning process is to clearly define the potential value of BIM on the project and for project team members through defining the overall goals for BIM implementation. These goals could be based on project performance and include items such as reducing the schedule duration, achieving higher field productivity, increasing quality, reducing the cost of change orders, or obtaining important operational data for the facility. Goals may also relate to advancing the capabilities of the project team members, for example, the owner may wish to use the project as a pilot project to illustrate information exchanges between design, construction, and operations or a design firm may seek to gain experience in the efficient use of digital design applications. Once the team has defined measurable goals, both from a project perspective and company perspective, then the specific BIM uses on the project can be identified.

The guide includes twenty-five common uses for BIM which have been identified through analysis of project case studies, interviews with industry experts, and review of the literature. A BIM Use is a unique task or procedure on a project which can benefit from the integration of BIM into that process. The twenty-five identified uses are not comprehensive but provide a good representation of the current uses of BIM within the industry. Several examples of BIM Uses include design authoring, 4D modeling, cost estimating, space management and record modeling. The team should identify and prioritize the appropriate BIM Uses which they have identified as beneficial to the project.

BIM Execution Process

Once the team has identified the BIM Uses, a process mapping procedure for planning the BIM implementation needs to be performed. Initially, a high-level map showing the sequencing and interaction between the primary BIM Uses on the project is developed (see Figure 1-2). This allows all team members to clearly understand how their work processes interact with the processes performed by other team members.

Develop Information Exchanges Once the appropriate process maps have been developed, the information exchanges which occur between the project participants should be clearly identified. It is important for the team members, in particular, the author and receiver for each information exchange transaction, to clearly understand the information content.

Define Supporting Infrastructure for BIM Implementation

After the BIM uses for the project have been identified, the project process maps are customized, and the BIM deliverables are defined, the team must develop the infrastructure needed on the project to support the planned BIM process. This will include the definition of the delivery structure and contract language; defining communication procedures; defining the technology infrastructure; and identifying quality control procedures to ensure high-quality information models.

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What Information is Included in a BIM Project Execution Plan?

When complete, the BIM Plan should address the following categories of information:

BIM Project Execution Plan Overview Information

Document the reason for creating the Project Execution Plan.

Project Information

The Plan should include critical project information such as project numbers, project location, project description, and critical schedule dates for future reference.

Key Project Contacts

As part of the reference information, A BIM Plan should include contact information for key project personnel.

Project Goals / BIM Objectives

This section should document the strategic value and specific uses for BIM on the project as defined by the project team in the initial step of the planning procedure. Additional information regarding this category is included in Chapter Two.

Organizational Roles and Staffing

One of the primary tasks is to define the coordinator(s) of the BIM planning and execution process throughout the various stages of the project. This is particularly important when identifying the organization(s) who will initiate the development of the BIM Plan, as well as the required staff to successfully implement the plan.

BIM Process Design

This section should clearly illustrate the execution process through the use of process maps which are developed in the second step of the planning procedure. Additional information regarding this category is included in Chapter Three.

BIM Information Exchanges

The model elements and level of detail required to implement each BIM Use should be clearly defined in the information exchanges requirements. Additional information regarding this category is included in Chapter Four.

BIM and Facility Data Requirements

The owner’s requirements for BIM must be documented and understood.

Collaboration Procedures

The team should develop their electronic and collaboration activity procedures. This includes the definition of model management procedures (e.g., file structures, and file permissions) as well as typical meeting schedules and agendas.

Model Quality Control Procedures

A procedure for ensuring that the project participants meet the defined requirements should be developed and monitored throughout the project.

Technology Infrastructure Needs

The hardware, software and network infrastructure required to execute the plan should be defined.

Model Structure

The team should discuss and document items such as model structure, file naming structure, coordinate system, and modeling standards.

Project Deliverables

The team should document deliverables required by the owner.

Delivery Strategy / Contracts

This section should define the delivery strategy which will be used on the project. The delivery strategy, e.g., design-build vs. design-bid-build, will impact implementation and it will also impact the language which should be incorporated into the contracts to ensure successful BIM implementation.
If the industry standardizes the procedure for planning the BIM Execution on projects, then organizations can create their typical company workflows and procedures in a format to easily integrate with the BIM Planning Procedure. This will make it easier for teams to quickly plan the execution strategy on a project. If all organizations map their standard processes, then the project execution planning procedure is a design task which compiles the different work processes from the various team members.

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