BIM Planning / Information Management

Planning / Brief Stage of a BIM processed project, may be the one with the deepest impact throughout the projects lifecycle. The Building Information Model is a “visualized database”. As such it requires disciplined planning and management in order to deliver up to the level of it’s potential. The initial step of the planning process is to define project and team value through the identification of BIM Goals and Uses, followed by the development of a process which includes tasks supported by BIM in conjunction with information exchanges. Definition of information content, level of detail/development and 

responsibility party of each exchange is also an important step, as is the definition of the IT infrastructure required to support the developed BIM process. This is the phase when critical decisions will occur regarding the depth of BIM implementation, the stakeholders involved and the level of development of the BI Model in relation to the anticipated outcomes at each one of the projects’ phases. It is highly recommended that planning of the BIM process at the Brief Stage should follow one of the international recognized standards such as the PAS1192, 

the NBIMS, the Penn State BIM Execution Guide, the USC BIM Guidelines, or else. Task and activities provisioned in these standards such as the establishment of a Common Data Environment, the definition of the Employers Information Planning, the preparation of the BIM Execution Plan containing the anticipated Level of Development/Detail, the Responsibility-Modeling Matrix, and the BIM Uses Analysis, along with the COBie implementation strategy, are of paramount importance, determining overall process success.