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AEC (UK) BIM Protocols v2.0 now available

AEC (UK) CAD & BIM Standards Site

The latest version of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols is now available for download from the Documents page.

Version 2.0 of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocol is a unification of the guidance provided by the previous documents, bringing workflows together in a single generic document which can be applied to any BIM-enabled project. The set of documents builds on the guidelines and frameworks defined by the UK standards documents, including BS1192:2007 and the forthcoming PAS1192-2:2012 alongside proven best practice procedures, providing a clear, concise path to implementation for BIM authoring software, such as Autodesk Revit and Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer.

The AEC (UK) BIM Protocol v2.0 forms the “hub” of a complete software-based solution. Supplementary documents provide additional detail and enhancements required to implement these protocols using specific BIM authoring software:

A diagram showing the relationship of the supplements to the main document. The blue shapes represent the complete package…

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BIM Execution Plan (BEP)

The success of your BIM project is down, in no small part, to developing an effective BIM Execution Plan.

The development of such a plan, for facilitating the management of information on a BIM project, is set out in PAS 1192-2:2013 where it is defined as a “plan prepared by the suppliers to explain how the information modelling aspects of a project will be carried out“.

The plan, often abbreviated as BEP or BxP, is developed both pre- and post- contract and is prepared as a direct response to the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR). The EIR is in essence is the clients needs/requests for BIM on the project.

The BEP will detail the project deliverables stipulated by the contract and the information exchange requirements detailed in a BIM protocol, such as the CIC BIM Protocol (a supplementary legal agreement that is incorporated into construction and professional services contracts via a simple amendment).

What aspects should be covered?

The BEP should include:

  • Project Information
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • BIM Objectives/Goals
  • Modelling Scope
  • Level Of Development Matrix
  • Key deliverables
  • Key project milestones
  • Project BIM Standards
  • Project Coordinates
  • Modelling Standards
  • File/Document name conventions
  • Communication & Meetings
  • Collaborative Processes
  • Data Exchange Protocols
  • Model/Data Checking
  • Model/Data Subdivision
  • Modelling Units/Tolerences
  • Attribute/parameter data requirements
  • Data Management Systems
  • Software
  • Project Specific BIM Content
  • Clash Management Plan
  • IT Requirements
  • Common Data Environments

What’s the difference between a pre- and post-contract BEP?

At tender stage, before a contract is agreed, a prospective supplier will develop a BEP with the aim of demonstrating their proposed approach, capability, capacity and competence to meet the client requirement in general terms.

Once a contract has been awarded then the winning supplier is required to submit a further BIM Execution Plan. The focus of this post-contract document is to confirm the supply chain’s capabilities.

Who is responsible for the BEP when multiple suppliers are appointed?

Where a contract has appointed a number of suppliers, there is likely to be one main BIM Execution Plan (with responsibility for its production set out in appointment documents). Any subsequent BEPs from later appointees must then dovetail with the existing main BIM Execution Plan.

Where do I start?

There are no hard or fast rules here every project has different needs so each plan should be tailored to suit. Develop a template that suits company needs as a start point or adopt a pre existing one.

Templates / Samples

Revit App: Autodesk COBie Extension



This free tool will allow you to set up your Revit models to capture COBie
data and then export that data to a COBie compliant spreadsheet.


  • Simple setup and use allows anyone, even those not Revit savvy, to produce COBie-compliant deliverables.
  • A dynamic Zone Management tool lets you visually assign your Rooms/Spaces to Zones.
  • Custom Parameter Mapping lets you use your own parameters to speed up the data collection process.


The COBie Extension for Revit is organized into three steps; Setup, Modify, and Export. A typical COBie project workflow will follow this basic sequence, with most of the day-to-day management tasks utilizing the tools found within the Modify step. Beyond the documentation for each of these steps, the Revit Parameter mapping tables defines which Revit Instance and Type parameters map to each COBie Worksheet field.

Step 1: Setup

Manage project contacts, and learn how to configure the COBie Extensions default parameters for mapping model data to the COBie data structure.

Step 2: Modify

Manage the relationship between Revit Rooms and Spaces and COBie Zones, specify which families, types, and elements are exported, and perform batch operations on the current model.

Step 3: Export

Configure the COBie export by specifying the worksheets to include, creation method, template, and export location.

A collection of videos covering how to use the Model Checker for Revit.



Cost: Free

Compatible with:

  • Autodesk Revit – Version: 2017 , 2016 , 2015, 2014
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture – Version: 2016 , 2015 , 2014
  • Autodesk Revit Structure – Version: 2016 , 2015 , 2014
  • Autodesk Revit MEP – Version: 2016 , 2015 , 2014

Revit App: Autodesk Classification Manager


Easily Assign Classifications to elements in Revit.


  • Quickly Assign Multiple Classifications to your elements all at once.
  • A Robust Database is included with several major classification systems and mappings across each.


The Classification Manager tool available for Autodesk Revit allows you to assign classifications in US (OmniClass, MasterFormat, UniFormat) or UK (Uniclass 2015) classifications or your own custom one. This is very useful to help identify and filter information throughout the design and construction lifecycle as this information is available in Revit, Navisworks and the BIM 360 tools.

The playlist below gives you full training in setting up and using the Classification Manager as well as advanced workflows like setting up shortcuts for quicker entry, creating schedules with the classifications and creating custom databases for your country or company or trade. This last part is very useful if you wanted to add costing classifications, or repeatable information like fire ratings or manufacturer information.

BIM Interoperability Tools Classification Manager Training Playlist



Cost: Free

Compatible with:

  • Autodesk Revit – Version: 2017 , 2016 , 2015, 2014, 2013
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture – Version: 2016 , 2015 , 2014, 2013
  • Autodesk Revit Structure – Version: 2016 , 2015 , 2014, 2013
  • Autodesk Revit MEP – Version: 2016 , 2015 , 2014, 2013