BIM Documentation

BIM documentation plays a crucial role in the BIM workflow of a project. This blog discusses the major documents that are currently being used in the BIM domain.

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BIM Documentation is fundamental to BIM and is needed at various stages within the project lifecycle, as stated in PAS1192-2:2013. There are multiple documents that are a part of a BIM workflow, and in this blog, we will be discussing the major documents that have to be formed for a successful BIM implementation on your project.

1. Master Information Delivery Plan

A Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP), is a primary plan, used to manage the delivery of information during the entire project lifecycle. It is generally developed by the project delivery manager in collaboration with the various task team managers working on the project and then used by the project delivery manager to assist in the delivery of project information during the lifecycle of the project.

Essentially the MIDP is a collation of the Individual Task Information Delivery Plans (TIDP), which is prepared by other team members, and it includes details of when the project information is to be prepared, who is responsible for producing the information and also what protocols and procedures should be followed for each stage.

The following are the Information deliverables which are commonly listed in the MIDP (but are not limited to):

  • Models
  • Drawings or renditions
  • Specifications
  • Equipment schedules
  • Room data sheets

Hence the Master Information Delivery Plan collates the various separate Task Information Delivery Plans and then aligns them with the design and construction programmes of the project.

2. Task Information Delivery Plan

The British Standards Institute has defined the Task Information Delivery Plan (TIDP) as a federated list of information deliverables by each task, including the format, date and responsibilities.

It is the responsibility of the individual task team manager to compile and produce their own Task Information Delivery Plan (TIDP), which then assists in the development of a Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP).

Each task has a corresponding milestone that aligns to the overall design and construction programme of the project, taking into consideration any sequencing requirements for the production of information.

Each task should detail the responsibility of each supplier’s information and also show how responsibility for the preparation of the project documents transfer from one team to another.

Therefore, the main difference between the Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP) and the Task Information Delivery Plan (TIDP) is that the latter informs the former.

The various task teams associated with the project are responsible for developing their own TIDPs. Following their completion, the Information Manager collates all the TIDPs into a single document, i.e., MIDP.

Generally, for a project, there will only be one Master Information Delivery Plan. The MIDP includes all the information deliverables of the construction project and their delivery schedule throughout the lifecycle of the project.

3. Responsibility Matrix

The clarity of various roles, responsibility and authority of the team members working on a construction project is an essential aspect for effective information management, and this is where responsibility matrix comes into the picture.

The Responsibility Matrix helps in clearly setting out the responsibility for the production of information, models for various project stages, and to what Level of Detail the models have to be authored to.

The responsibility matrix should be an ongoing development throughout the project lifecycle. An initial responsibility matrix maybe adopted to just set out the generic roles and responsibilities.

Following the award of the contract of the project, actual project participants/engineers, specialist and supply-chain members will be added as the project progresses.

All Roles and responsibilities of individual team members, as well as the schedule of responsibilities for the various deliverables of the overall team, should be well defined.

planBIM offers a responsibility matrix which auto-populates information from the Model Progression Matrix and LOD Matrix where the scope of work has been selected for various categories and sub-categories against different phases. To know more about the responsibility matrix and how it works, you can sign up on planBIM.

4. BIM Execution Plan

A BIM Execution Plan is a comprehensive document that helps the project team recognize and execute the role BIM plays in the various stages of construction management.

Often during construction projects, executing a plan becomes difficult. Unnecessary micro-details that make it challenging to find and identify critical data to keep projects going forward and produce on-time deliverables. Diligently formulated BEPs help keep teams on track by focusing on the essential details, saving hours.

Typically there are two types of BEP created for a project ie,
1. Pre-Contract BEP
2. Post-Contract BEP

To know more about the BIM Execution Plans in detail you refer this blog on our website.

5. Exchange Information Requirements

The Exchange Information Requirements (EIR) define the information that is required by the employer from both their internal team as well as from the suppliers for the development of their project and the execution of the completed built asset.

EIR contains clear instructions about the project that is to be executed. It helps in providing a clear picture to bidders as well as construction teams on the models that are required and defines the purpose of each model to the entire project. It also includes data that helps in clearly defining the information of the model being built, the process for information development, project management details, and delivery deadlines during the project’s design stages. Therefore the EIR provides both parties, i.e., the construction team and its client, with enough information to answer a request for proposals/tenders or how the constructor plans to meet project deadlines. The EIR also serves in a regulatory role as it ensures that information is provided and made available to all parties involved where and when requested.

There are different information requirements that aid in generating and informing an EIR and to know more about them you can read this blog on our website.

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To conclude, these are the primary documents used in the BIM workflow of a project and planBIM can be the one-stop solution to managing all your construction documents, project scopes and much more in an effective manner. Start exploring today and contact us to know more about planBIM!

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