BIM Project Execution Plans (PxP, BEP, BxP, or pick your favorite BIM-related acronym) can be tough to put together. And once they are together, they can be tough to decipher. Who has time to sort through a sixty page document when there is real work to be done? Sometimes one team will put it together, and give it to another team to execute. Some PxPs are made to fulfil an obligation for an RFP, and if the plan gets followed, it is more due to good luck than good management. Heaven help the poor BIM manager that gets parachuted onto a project to find that the PxP has been neither followed nor updated since the contract was awarded.
So how should people approach the PxP then? Templates are a good start, and there are some good ones out there. The “Penn State” version is widely endorsed, and can be a start, though it is a bit daunting. The US Army Corps of Engineers has a version that is nice, and they add the M3, which is a model element table variant that I like. But those are the variants I like. At the end of the day, what is important is that you have a PxP that works for you. If you aren’t going to use it, picking the wrong PxP puts you no farther ahead than having no PxP at all.
One of John’s favorite sayings (attributed to Alan Lakein) is “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Part of that planning should be finding the PxP that works for you and your collaborators. It should capture the BIM uses and the protocols in a way the project team can use. As long as you can use it to sort out the who, what, when, and why of BIM on a project, you will be a lot happier.