BIM Scheduling
How do you manage a BIM project schedule?

Balancing the timely delivery of projects with the advantages of Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be complex, yet smart strategizing and planning will help your team meet their deadlines.

This blog post will explore ten essential questions to ask yourself regarding ensuring BIM projects are finished on time.

1) Do you have a BIM schedule?

Do all the teams have their own BIM schedule, or is there just one big schedule for everyone? It is essential to have an accurate program, so everyone knows what needs to be done and when it needs to be finished. This must include project milestones, tasks, and dates for each task.

2) How are BIM deadlines set?

Does everyone know when the different BIM models must be completed? Will these deadlines be realistic and achievable? This will help ensure everyone is on the same page and working together to achieve a common goal.

3) How do you manage your BIM tasks?

How often do you update the schedule, and who updates it? Are tasks assigned to each team member, or are tasks shared among the entire team? Allocating tasks clearly and consistently will help keep everyone on track.

4) What is your coordination process like?

Is it reactive or proactive in nature? How often do you review the models and check for conflicts or discrepancies? Proactive coordination can help to avoid costly delays or mistakes.

5) How do teams know when to start modeling?

What is the priority system for tasks and elements? Is there a protocol for how the team should prioritize tasks and coordinate dependencies?

6) Do you use any Lean BIM methodologies?

Are there any waste elimination processes in place for identifying and removing waste from the process before the delivery date?

7) How do modeling teams share progress?

How do teams update each other and stay up-to-date on task statuses? Are there any meetings or check-ins to review progress and plan for the next steps?

8) How are models sent for approval?

Are there uploads, notifications, or other communication methods used in this process? Are there any processes in place for sending models out to the client or other stakeholders for review?

9) What administrative tasks need to be taken care of?

How do you manage file versioning or keep track of the documents that need to be produced? Are there any regulatory requirements that must be met before reviewing design documentation? Are there any administrative processes that need to be taken care of before the project is complete?

10) Who has overall responsibility?

Who is responsible for making sure the project is completed on time? Are there any specific BIM roles or responsibilities defined that need to be filled to keep the modeling on track? Who should be contacted if things start to go off schedule?


Managing a successful BIM project requires clear communication, organization, and coordination between team members and stakeholders. It all begins with asking the right questions! Answering these ten questions can ensure that your next BIM adventure runs smoothly and produces desired results!

Using Plannerly for your BIM management can help you easily monitor tasks, team members’ progress, and deadlines. With Plannerly’s Gantt Chart/Timeline features, you can visualize the entire project to ensure nothing is forgotten or delayed. Plannerly also makes it easy to collaborate and communicate with other team members, allowing for a smooth and successful BIM project.

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3. Answers to some related BIM questions that I often get asked ????

I’ve also tried to summarize below some answers to the most common questions that I get asked about this subject – I hope you can use them too:

What is a BIM schedule?

A BIM schedule is an organized timeline of tasks, activities, and milestones associated with 3D modeling on a construction project. It is used to track the progress of BIM modeling tasks and ensure that the design is completed and coordinated with other trades on time.

How often should I update my BIM schedule?

It is recommended to update your BIM schedule weekly to ensure tasks are being completed on time and that there are no delays. Plannerly makes this easy with its simple kanban board that allows the responsible team members to add, delete, and adjust their own tasks quickly.

What are some of the benefits of using a BIM schedule?

The main use of a BIM schedule is to help prioritize tasks and avoid out-of-sequence work. Out-of-sequence work is wasteful because it causes clashes and re-work. So BIM schedules help reduce waste and make it easier for different trades to communicate with each other.

What are some Lean BIM methodologies?

System Priority Structure

Lean BIM methodologies are ways of reducing waste in the process by identifying unnecessary or inefficient processes and eliminating them. Examples of Lean BIM methodologies include value stream mapping, system priority structures, 5S methodology, and standardized work.

How do I create a BIM schedule?

Using Plannerly makes this task easy. Switch from the Scope Grid view to the Timeline view to add deadlines, assign them to the appropriate team members, and start tracking progress. Plannerly also allows teams to adjust tasks quickly and easily, ensuring that the project stays on track.

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