Every BIM manager can use a BIM checklist or two to help teams create coordinated and quality BIM outputs.
In this blog post, I will show you the importance of BIM checklists, give you many ideas about how to create great checklists, and also show you how to use Plannerly to do some automated model-checking!
I want to save you time and headaches during your BIM execution process ????
1) Why You Need BIM-Checking Processes and Checklists
BIM checking is a crucial step to guaranteeing that your BIM model adheres to all standards and guidelines. By running the appropriate checks, you can verify the accuracy and completeness of the entire model.
Here are a few important reasons why you should check your BIM models:
- Quality Assurance: quality assurance is a must to guarantee your models meet the required specifications and contain all essential information. This ultimately saves time and money since it eliminates the need for unnecessary revisions later (which will cost more!).
- Coordination: model checking helps make sure that all the different pieces of the model, like architectural, structural, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) elements, work well together. They all have to fit in the physical space that will be available during construction. The process of BIM coordination helps reduce the risk of problems during construction.
- Collaboration: collaboration and clarity are vital! BIM checklists and checking workflows ensure that architects, engineers, and contractors have access to consistent, precise information. This ensures a successful project outcome for everyone involved.
- Legal and Regulatory Compliance: when you are building something, it is important to make sure that you are following all of the laws and regulations. This means checking to see if the model meets all of the relevant codes, standards, and regulations. Using a checklist can help make sure that you cover everything. This is especially important for projects with complex or unusual requirements.
BIM model checking is vital to ensuring that a building project is successful and high-quality.
2) Using Plannerly to check your BIM [VIDEO]
In this video, we learn about three different methods for linking tasks to model elements in a project.
The first method is at the model rules level, which will automatically link all tasks based on their name or code to a property with a specific value. This is the most automated approach.
The second method uses a task rule, which is based on a specific property and value, linking all elements that match to a specific task card. For example, system types that match the “Supply Air” value will be linked to a specific task card.
The third method is to take a single element and link it manually using the link button. This allows for more specific, one-off linking of elements to tasks.
Once elements are linked to tasks, the contracted information requirements will be checked against the element’s properties. The elements will be color-coded based on whether the information requirement is missing, incomplete, or there is an error in the value.
In addition, these linking methods and task rules can be reused in future projects to automate the workflow.
3) Essential elements for your BIM checklists
Define the scope of your quality control checklist.
BIM quality control isn’t a game of ‘Whack-a-Mole‘ – rather, it’s an organized and systematic process that assesses BIM models throughout their entire lifecycle. When developing your BIM quality control checklist, make sure to prioritize carefully and define a scope that covers all the major elements needed for BIM success, such as 3D visualization workflows, BIM coordination and clash detection. Don’t overlook the details; you don’t want to end up like a clown in a dunk tank at a carnival!
Identify who is responsible for each task on the quality control checklist.
When it comes to the quality control checklist, responsibility isn’t just the name of the game – it’s like the whole chessboard. Knowing who holds authority for each item on the list is essential for ensuring that tasks are completed and standards are maintained. Analytical research suggests that when roles and responsibilities in a system are clearly outlined and managed, workers can perform their functions more expediently; how convenient! Assigning responsibility for checklist items could be a great way to streamline your team’s quality control processes.
Create a timeline for when each task on the quality control checklist should be completed.
Quality control is a process that helps projects be successful. Having a timeline of when to do each task can help make quality control more efficient. If you don’t like the idea of going through a checklist, don’t worry. My ideas about making a timeline will help you know when to run tests and keep track of other relevant data. This way, there won’t be any problems that come up unexpectedly as you go through quality control. So what are you waiting for? Make some time today and go through your list with the assurance that everything has been taken care of properly!
Assign tasks on the quality control checklist to members of your team.
Quality control is a process of making sure everyone on your team is doing what they are supposed to be doing. Therefore, it is important to assign tasks on the quality control checklist to each person. This way you can be sure that every job gets done and that team members understand their roles. Give your employees the information they need to succeed and watch as your quality control process works its magic!
Use Plannerly to track progress on the quality control checklist and ensure that all tasks are completed on time and to a high standard.
With Plannerly, you can kiss time- and quality assurance-related stress goodbye! Imagine having a personalized timeline to see the deadlines of all your tasks, with bar graphs and pie charts to track your progress. You’ll also get reminders and notifications when tasks are approaching or past due, so you never have to worry about falling behind on completing them. Then you can check off each task as it’s finished, ensuring that no stone is left unturned and that your efforts reach a high standard. Thanks to Plannerly, staying on top of the quality control checklist has never been easier or more efficient.
Celebrate completing the quality control checklist and improved BIM model!
After hours of hard work and intense concentration, it’s time to celebrate! Your BIM quality control checklist has been completed, and the BIM model has been approved – now that deserves a party!
Many intricate details went into this process, and it was not a small task. But due to your diligence and dedication, the team overcame the challenges they faced.
So, let’s cheer on the success of completing this essential task with flying colors! ????
3) BIM Project Management
As I shared, Plannerly is a project management and task-tracking tool that can be used to automate BIM model checking by linking tasks to model elements and using automated rules to check for accuracy and completeness.
With Plannerly, you can set up model rules that automatically link tasks to elements based on their name or code, as well as specific properties and values. You can also use task rules to link elements to specific tasks based on a particular property and value.
Once elements are linked to tasks, Plannerly can check the contracted information requirements against the element’s properties and color code the elements based on whether the information is missing, incomplete, or there is an error in the value. This helps ensure that the BIM model is accurate and complete.
In addition, Plannerly allows you to reuse task rules and linking methods in future projects to automate the BIM model-checking process. This can save time and improve efficiency in the construction process.
If you’re looking for a tool to help automate BIM model checking, consider giving Plannerly a try. Plannerly is a project management and task-tracking tool that allows you to link tasks to model elements and use automated rules to check for accuracy and completeness.
It’s easy to use, with options for linking tasks at the model rules level, using task rules, or manually linking elements to tasks. Plus, you can reuse task rules and linking methods in future projects to save time and improve efficiency.
And the best part? You can try Plannerly for free by clicking the “Join Free” button. Give it a try and see how it can streamline your BIM model-checking process.
Quality control is important, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. By following the tips in this blog post, you can create a quality control checklist that will streamline your BIM process and ensure that all tasks are completed on time and to a high standard. So what are you waiting for? Get started today by signing up for Plannerly! With our easy-to-use platform, managing your quality control checklist will be a breeze.
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1. Other Interesting Reads ⤵
- How to Start 3D BIM Modeling: My Comprehensive Guide
- BIM Coordinators Roles and Responsibilities – A Comprehensive Guide – Including 7 Common Challenges and How to Solve Them!
- What is Building Information Modeling Technology? My thoughts along with 3 bonus resources!
2. The Complete BIM Management Workflow [VIDEO] ????
Here’s a video that I think you’ll find valuable ???? – it covers the complete BIM management workflow:
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:
Why is BIM model checking important?
BIM model checking is important for ensuring the quality and accuracy of a BIM model, as well as for coordinating and integrating different parts of the model, such as architectural, structural, and MEP elements. It also helps ensure that different stakeholders, such as architects, engineers, and contractors, are all working from the same set of accurate and up-to-date information and that the model meets relevant codes, standards, and regulations.
How can Plannerly be used to automate BIM model checking?
Plannerly is a project management and task-tracking tool that can be used to automate BIM model checking by linking tasks to model elements and using automated rules to check for accuracy and completeness. With Plannerly, you can set up model rules that automatically link tasks to elements based on their name or code, as well as specific properties and values. You can also use task rules to link elements to specific tasks based on a particular property and value. Once elements are linked to tasks, Plannerly can check the contracted information requirements against the element’s properties and color code the elements based on whether the information is missing, incomplete, or there is an error in the value.
How can I try Plannerly for free?
To try Plannerly for free, click the “Join Free” button. This allows you to set up a free account and start using Plannerly to automate BIM model checking and manage your construction projects.
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