VA BIM GUIDE v1.0 APRIL 2010

3. BIM Management Plan (BMP)

VA requires a BIM Management Plan (BEP) developed to provide a master information/data management plan and assignment of roles and responsibilities for model creation and data integration at project initiation. The BMP shall align the project acquisition strategy needs and requirements with the PFD, VA technical standards, team member skills, construction industry capability, and technology maturity. Through this process, the team members and VA project management shall jointly agree on how, when, why, to what level, and for which project outcomes BIM will be used.

In those projects where construction information is available during the design phase (using the DB or IDC project execution strategies), the BMP shall address both design and construction activities. Where DBB execution strategy is used, a separate BMP for design and for construction shall be developed and submitted to VA with specific attention to model and data handover from the design team to the construction team.

The BMP should be considered a living document and shall be continually developed and refined throughout the project development lifecycle.

3.1 Design BMP

The Design Team shall submit the BMP to VA for review and approval before the start of schematic design. At a minimum, the BMP shall contain the following:

  1. The project acquisition strategy (DBB, DB, IDC) and how the Design BIM will support the project delivery activity
  2. Overall plan for achieving VA BIM requirements
  3. Strategy for hosting, transfer, and access of data between technical disciplines (use of model server, extranet, access, security, etc.) A technical evaluation of the options to match the IT technical needs of the size and complexity of the project, and to provide access by the Design/Construction Team and various VA stakeholders, peer reviewers, etc.
  4. Animations/graphics showing major building equipment and medical equipment space clearance reservations for operations, repair, maintenance, replacement
  5. Animations/graphics showing functionality of medical staff issues (nurses' walking distances, nurse-patient sightlines, etc), patient queuing and pharmacy deliveries, supply, processing, and delivery, etc
  6. Proposed BIM software to be used by each technical discipline team member
  7. Energy modeling strategies
  8. Project schedule aligned to BIM development and progress submittals per VA Submission Standards. Schedule to include:
    • Software compatibility testing schedule (if required)
    • Proposed BIM workshops and training as needed
    • Progress BIMs per Design Document Submission
  9. Strategy for import of PFD VA-SEPS information and data export for Facility Management
  10. File formats used for project submittal and file exchange
  11. File exchange protocol
  12. Strategy for establishing and managing shared file server,-1- if used
  13. Strategy for COBIE integration
  14. Documentation of any proposed deviation from VA BIM Standards for VA approval
  15. Legal status of the Design Model will have for construction (Binding, Informational, Reference, Reuse)
  16. Strategy for updating and coordinating changes during construction into the final BIM model deliverable files
  17. BIM qualifications, experience, and contact information for the following: BIM Manager; Technical Discipline Lead BIM Coordinators for all major disciplines (Architect, Civil, MEP, Structural, etc.)

3.2 Construction BMP

In the Bid, the Contractor shall submit a Construction BEP Plan, outlining the strategy and schedule for utilizing BIM Technology to execute construction related activities and project coordination. The Construction BEP shall address the following:

  1. The project acquisition strategy (DBB, DB, IDC) and how the Construction BIM will support the project delivery activity. When a DBB execution strategy is used, the Construction BEP shall address the specific strategy for the Design BIM reuse.
  2. Strategy for compliance with BA BIM project requirements
  3. Constructability analysis with BIM
  4. Strategy for software compatibility, file formats, hosting, transfer, and access of data between trades (use of model server, extranet, access security, etc.) A technical evaluation of the options to match the IT technical needs of the size and complexity of the project, and to provide access by the Design/Construction Team and various VA stakeholders, fabricators, etc.
  5. Proposed trade coordination strategy (clash detection)
  6. Proposed use of digital fabrication
  7. Updating as-built conditions in As-built/Record BIM
  8. Utilization of 4D scheduling and construction sequencing technology
  9. Identification of the legal status of the Design Model to construction: Binding, Informational, Reference, Reuse)
  10. List of sub-contractors using digital fabrication
  11. Proposed BIM Software to be used by the builder and fabrication modelers
  12. Strategy to assure all trade information is modeled and coordinated
  13. Proposed sub-contractor BIM workshops and training integrated into project schedule
  14. Integration of construction changes and commissioning data into BIM
  15. Strategy for COBIE-2- integration and submittals
  16. Documentation of any proposed deviation from VA BIM Standards for VA consideration
  17. Strategy for updating and coordinating changes during construction into the As-built/Record BIM
  18. BIM qualifications, experience, and contact information for the Construction BIM Manager and Lead Fabrication Modelers for all trades.

3.3 Software Compatibility and Data Flow Testing

Software used for Design and Construction BIM work shall be tested for compatibility. The use of software that is not IFC compliant in the preparation of models is only permitted with the permission of VA. Versioning of software shall be managed by the BIM teams throughout the project lifecycle.

-1-If a VA Minor Project is not using a shared file server, provide the strategy for model exchange and handover.

-2-Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBIE) is a system for construction submittals at building turnover for operations. http://www.wbdg.org/resources/COBIE.htm

in this section:
VA’s Building Information Lifecycle Vision | implementation | BIM Management Plan (BMP) | Roles and Responsibilities | Model Sharing | Collaboration Procedures