Last edited 15 Sep 2020

Project implementation plan for construction projects

NB The Project Implementation Plan (PIP) described here relates only to building information modelling (BIM) only and should not be confused with wider plans such as project execution plans which set out the strategy for managing the entire project.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating and managing digital information about a built asset such as a building, bridge tunnel and so on. In the UK, the Government Construction Strategy published in May 2011, stated that the '...Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016'. This represents a minimum requirement for Level 2 BIM on centrally-procured public projects.

PAS 1192-2:2013 Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling (now replaced by BS EN ISO 19650) specifies the requirements for achieving Level 2 BIM.

It describes a project implementation plan (PIP) as a 'Statement relating to the suppliers' IT and human resources capability to deliver the EIR (Employer's Information Requirements) ….. submitted, as part of the initial BEP (the pre-contract BIM Execution Plan), by each organisation bidding for a project.' It allows the client to assess the competence and capability of the supplier to deliver the information required by the Employer's Information Requirements.

The capability statement in the Project Implementation Plan is based on a Supply Chain Capability Summary form (SCCS) which summarises assessments of the human resource and IT capability and capacity of each of the relevant organisations in the supply chain. This is derived from Supplier Resource Assessment Forms completed by each relevant organisation in the sub-contract procurement process. See Supply Chain Capability Summary for more information.

This assessment process may mean that the principal supplier has to resolve potential issues, agree solutions and identify training and support requirements.

The Project Implementation Plan may also include proposals for software versions and exchange formats where these have not been specified in the Employers Information Requirements

It may also include details of the Standard Method and Procedure (SMP) such as:

Post-contract award, a revised Project Implementation Plan should be submitted, confirming the competence and capability of the supply chain.

NB Template BIM Assessment Forms, Supplier IT Assessment Forms and Resource Assessment Forms can be found on the CPIC website (Construction Project Information Committee).

See also our Step-by-step guide to using BIM on projects supported by more than 100 linked articles.

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