Benefits of BIM Implementation Plan

GlossaryDecember 14, 2020


Any major construction project should be starting with the creation of a comprehensive BIM implementation plan so that it can be both implemented and improved during different phases of the project in question. A BIM implementation plan is a comprehensive document that helps the company with identifying all of the various benefits that come with implementing BIM in the different project phases.

It’s not uncommon for a BIM implementation plan to become overcomplicated and stuffed with unnecessary details, making it harder to identify major parts of the project to keep the entire process from staying on the same spot. On the other hand, a proper BIM implementation plan makes it easier to keep everything on track and focus on the most important details, saving a lot of time for all of the participants.

The benefits of a BIM implementation

Next, we’ll go over some of the most prominent benefits that a correct BIM implementation plan can provide.

  • Collaboration: It’s not uncommon for each construction project to have some significant difference from the other project types, including requirements, international standards, regulations, and so on. BIM implementation plans allow for real-time collaboration and plan correction to minimize unnecessary problems and silos among project tasks, allowing for each project to receive as much attention as needed, regardless of various standards.
  • Time-savings: Schedule compression is one of the worst nightmares for almost any construction project. Surprisingly enough, a proper BIM implementation plan is capable of focusing on the most significant benefits for the project, allowing for different parties involved to not bother with unnecessary details and thus causing delays for project deliverables. The way it works is that only the most important details are highlighted and described, helping everyone with keeping up with their schedule and causing barely any delays in the first place.
  • Communication: As one of its significant cornerstones, BIM in general highly encourages instant communication between different teams and parties involved in the project from the beginning, easing the delegation and management of various expectations and responsibilities. BIM also helps when it comes to communication with stakeholders.
  • Execution: It’s much easier to work with a BIM implementation plan that’s focused on the project at hand, making it easier to communicate and collaborate. It also eliminates the confusion and the slow down that happens when there are too many file formats and standards in play. A correctly implemented plan keeps everything on track to make sure that the project is done on time and on budget.
  • Data sharing: Another BIM implementation plan benefit that’s prevalent is transparency, making BIM implementation data accessible to everyone within the project at any stage, including stakeholders, contractors, and others. BIM implementation data includes file formats, details, model dimension, and much more than that – and all of it is in an easily shareable way with the ability to update the info to the actual one in the shortest time.

BIM Implementation 6-step Guide

Here are the six major steps of creating a BIM implementation plan. Starting with collecting information, and proceeding as shown below:

  1. Define your project. Basic information concerning the project is necessary to acquire when starting to form your own BIM implementation plan. One of the reasons for that is to provide all of the parties involved with at least a baseline of the project’s scope. Some of the parts that should be included in this step are:
    • Project name.
    • Project owner.
    • Project duration.
    • Project localization.
    • Key team members.
    • General project milestones.
  1. Set a list of specific goals for your project. This step is all about figuring out what benefits of a BIM implementation plan would be the most achievable for your specific project and defining those metrics. Some examples of benefits in this step include:
    • Increasing both the safety and efficiency of the project.
    • Improving the capabilities and skills of the team.
    • Looking for new areas of BIM implementation.
    • Improving the quality of the project itself, etc.
  1. Choose specific ways in which BIM would be useful for your specific project in different phases. There’s no shortage of different ways that you can apply BIM within a specific project. Some of the most typical BIM applications include:
    • Cost analysis.
    • 3D modeling.
    • Light performance analysis.
    • Acoustic analysis.
    • Sustainability analysis.
    • Structural analysis.
    • Space management.
    • Maintenance monitoring.
  1. Establish various BIM processes based on the collected information. Despite the fact that there’s a big number of possible BIM applications, it’s also important to know your limits – meaning that it’s better to calculate which tools would be the most beneficial and/or have the biggest priority for your specific project. After figuring that out, it’s also recommended to create a general BIM overview map for yourself, connecting different BIM appliances, their results, and the resources they need to work properly. For example, 3D coordination in the form of a clash detection needs several different models to be applied at once, including plumbing systems, electronic systems, and more. Visualization of BIM implementation, in general, is surprisingly helpful with figuring out your next steps, as well as for deciding whether a specific BIM application is worth using or not.
  1. Set up information exchange procedures and methods. Different methods and procedures of exchanging the information between project parties can be planned out beforehand. This is most commonly done in the form of a table, addressing who’s interacting with who, what’s everyone’s obligations, and so on.
  1. Choose the proper implementation infrastructure before beginning. This boils down to overlooking all of the previously collected information and figuring out which BIM platform/infrastructure would be the most suitable for your specific goals and needs. This step heavily depends on a lot of things we’ve mentioned before and thus has to be decided as the last step of this plan.

Additional information about BIM implementation plans:

Another important part of this is there’s not a universal BIM implementation plan for every project. Meaning there needs to be a unique curated plan for each project, with its own benefits and caveats, as well as various little details or some industry-specific effects. From this perspective, it becomes evident that only teams that completely understand the purpose and the specifics of their project would be capable of creating a good BIM implementation plan. Luckily enough, there are some ways to prevent companies from starting from scratch every time a new project is created.

For example, it’s not uncommon for companies to have templates that implementation plans can be based upon, filling up different kinds of information according to various requirements for the specific project. All in all, there’s a plethora of benefits that come from following a BIM implementation plan, and the companies should not be afraid to try something new to achieve even greater heights than before.

About the author

James Ocean

BIM/VDC Specialist. James Ocean is Head of BIMspiration at Revizto and keeps everything moving onwards and upwards. From supporting and teaching our internal team as well as our clients, James shows us the ins-and-outs and how to best leverage Revizto to maximize workflows, cut costs, and get all types of projects through the finish line.

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