Early planning simplifies BIM design


BIM models have helped simplify the design and engineering process at an educational facility.


A large private university in Southern California recently completed a technologically complex retrofit of an existing 1950s building for its mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MEP/FP) system design. This owner is quite sophisticated in rolling over engineering design data generated by BIM Autodesk Revit models to be used for facility management purposes with minimal modifications at project closeout.

Given the large effort to compile data after the fact, this owner requires the design team to set up families to accommodate the collection of design and construction data during the process within the BIM model.To facilitate this effort, the owner hosted BIM collaboration meetings to share goals and requested the design teams to create a plan and process to capture the necessary data as part of the design process.The design team worked together with the client and the contractor to develop a joint BIM execution plan (JBEP) that will deliver on the client’s request. The JBEP includes such items as explicitly defined families with prescribed sets of university-required parameters, coordination review processes by owner-contracted third-party BIM reviewers, and file exchange workflows.

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