Understanding the National BIM Guide and Management Plan
The BIM National Guide to be released in August 2017
Globally, governments are embarking on construction strategies that require BIM solutions on projects. The BIM Institute is pleased to engage with the Department of Infrastructure and Devlopment, private organizations and institutions in initiating its first steps to sector modernisation in South Africa. We hereby set out key objectives, including reducing capital costs and ensuring transparency and accountability across projects, guaranteeing a safer, cleaner, better quality and more efficient national built environment.
At its worst, the South Africa construction industry displays poor standards and lacks sustainable development. But, there is no doubt that substantial improvements in quality and efficiency are possible within a relatively short timeframe. Indeed, these processes are vital if the industry is to satisfy all its stakeholders and reap the benefits of achieving key NDP milestones through digital innovation.
The BIM Institute is driving dramatic improvements by developing the blueprints of the standards and requirements of the “Building Information Modelling initiative for Africa,” promoting software and digital processes and BIM standards to strengthening South Africa’s construction industry.
THE NATIONAL BIM GUIDE
The BIM Institute National BIM Guide and management plans work with a number of supporting documents that should be compiled in a coordinated way and read in conjunction with each other. All will be freely downloadable from BIM Institute website once the documents have been fully reviewed and agreed by all stakeholders involved.
BIM Institute National BIM Guide is a reference document that defines roles and responsibilities, collaboration procedures, approved BIM tools, modelling requirements, digital deliverables and documentation standards. It documents a range of possible uses for BIM on projects.
In addition to identifying the project and members of the project team, it provides places to specify what BIM processes and methodolgies are to be used on the project.
The intent of this structure is to allow each edition of the Project BIM Guide to function as a core reference document and to confine all editing to the Project BIM Brief. This allows the Project BIM Guide to be tailored to individual projects while allowing it to be progressively upgraded in response to users’ needs from edition to edition within a consistent, recognisable framework.
USING THE BIM MANANAGEMNT PLAN
After the requirements for using BIM on the project have been defined and before the project formally commences, the clauses of the Project management plan which have to be retained, amended or deleted in order to satisfy the requirements are documented in the Project BIM Brief.
The Project BIM Brief records variations to the Project BIM Guide and must be read in conjunction with it and the Project Contract. (i.e NEC, FIDEC, JBCC)
A key element of the Project BIM Guide is its requirement for a BIM Management Plan (BMP) (also referred to as a BIM Execution Plan). The BEP is used to describe in a much more detailed way how the project will be executed, monitored and controlled with regard to BIM in order to satisfy the requirements recorded in the
The National BIM Guide is a reference document to be read in conjunction with the Project BIM Brief and BIM Execution Plan which outlines the particular requirements for each project. The Guide can also be used as a planning tool by consultants to clarify the services they propose to provide when preparing tenders for projects.
The National BIM Guide is to assist clients, consultants and stakeholders to clarify their BIM requirements in a collaborative consistent manner. This will reduce confusion and duplication of effort.