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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) involves the digitalisation of the construction industry through standardisation, incorporating manufacturing and off-site assembly. Significant opportunities are available to organisations and individuals who adopt BIM and while standards are very useful, the interpretation of those standards across professions and organisations has been a limiting factor in the success of BIM adoption.

The RIAI BIM Subcommittee is working together to realise a unified, usable, coordinated approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) in a design environment. The Subcommittee have prepared a BIM Pack which provides a set of comprehensive Advice Notes and Templates for organisations and individuals considering undertaking a project in BIM. All documentation has been prepared for compliance with PAS1192 standards published by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and guidance documents by the Construction Industry Council (CIC). The documents cover all project stages including briefing, pre-contract submissions, appointment and post-contract documentation leading to handover.

With the publication of ISO 19650 as an international standard, the subcommittee will commence engaging with industry partners to encourage a coordinated approach to procurement and execution of BIM based on industry standards.
You can access PDF version of the RIAI BIM Pack here


  1. General
  2. Brief
  3. Pre-contract
  4. Appointment / Contract Award
  5. Post-contract

1. General

Level 2 BIM
This document is an introduction to BIM for organisations and individuals considering undertaking a project in Level 2 BIM. Reference is made to other RIAI publications on Level 2 BIM, BIM Standards and guidance documents.

Bidding for a BIM Project (This content is available on Members Area only)

Common Data Environment (CDE)
This document assists the Information Manager in establishing the Common Data Environment (CDE) in compliance with BS1192-2:2007+A2:2016. ALL project participants, who are producing any information, must engage with the CDE, whether they are producing models, drawings, specifications, reports, schedules, bills of quantities, or other related documents (files) or not, so this document also provides information as to how the CDE is structured.

Compliance Plan (This content is available on Members Area only)

Information Management Roles
PAS1192-2:2013 identifies the types of roles that should be considered and likely responsibilities. The roles indicated here are for guidance only and will differ from project to project depending upon market sector, project size and the supply chain tier you are positioned in.

RIAI Advice Note - Terms, definitions and abbreviations for BIM
BIM includes numerous terms and acronyms that may not be familiar to everyone as it incorporates terms more commonly used in IT, Project Management and Legal documentation along with adding terms to describe new roles and processes defined by Level 2 BIM standards. In the interest of achieving a common language in the industry, the terms in this document should be used.

2. Brief

Organisation and Asset Information Requirements
This document assists Employers / Clients in understanding the requirements of PAS 1192-3:2014  and related standards in preparing an OIR and EIR which will be beneficial in preparing a robust Employers Information Requirements (EIR) using the RIAI Employers Information Requirements Template and Advice Note which will then inform the BIM Execution Plan for the preferred bidder, ensuring the project is executed efficiently and effectively using BIM.

Pre-Qualification Questionnaire
Pre-Qualification Questionnaires are used to streamline the bidding process by assessing the suitability of potential bidders prior to issuing tender documentation which includes the Employers Information Requirements (EIR). The form included can be used to assess initial capability to undertake a project using Level 2 BIM.

Employers Information Requirements (EIR)
The Employers Information Requirements (EIR) template and Advice Note are intended to support Employers undertaking BIM Level 2 in accordance with PAS 1192-2:2013. The EIR should be incorporated into the tender documentation, to enable suppliers to produce their Pre-contract BIM Execution Plan (BEP) upon which their proposed approach, capability and capacity can be evaluated prior to contract award. The EIR is also a key document with regards to communicating information requirements as well as establishing information management requirements and will act as a good basis from which to review the contents of the bidder’s BIM Execution Planning, confirming its completeness.

The RIAI practice sub-committee for BIM have also produced Advice Notes and Templates for a Pre-contract and Post-contract BIM Execution Plan which is aligned with the RIAI Employers Information Requirements Advice Note and Template which is available in the members area. 

3. Pre-contract

Pre-Contract BIM Execution Plan (This content is available on Members Area only)

Supply Chain Capability Summary Form (This content is available on Members Area only)

4. Appointment / Contract Award

Responsibility Matrix
The document setting out responsibility for model or information production in line with defined Project stages as attached at or referred to in Appendix 1 of the CIC BIM Protocol (Second Edition). The Responsibility Matrix should identify the Specified Information to be produced, shared and published by the Project Team Member and the applicable Level of Definition (the Level of Information and/or Level of Model Detail).

Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP)
Primary plan for when project information is to be prepared, by whom and using what protocols and procedures, incorporating all relevant TIDPs.

5. Post-contract

Post-Contract BIM Execution Plan (BEP) (This content is available on Members Area only)