#AU2012 #UKBimCrew AB3200 – A Dissection of the USACE BIM Contract Requirements


The core is the owners agent, the core are just fulfilling the requirement.

A very brave adjustment to a situation by the panel. Due to a restriction by the DOD some of the panel had to attend virtually. Hats off to them for sticking with the presentation they planned.

Strategic Goals : Educate, Integrate, Collaborate, Automate and Innovate.

Focusing on acquiring the “i” in BIM.

Aim to be non vendor specific and work as a team.

Mission Statement: Push for innovation within a BIM applicationneutral context, yet ensure that the requirements are practical, fair and reasonable within the existing state of the technology and standards.

This approach allows for reference back to those who are doing BIM when new team members come on board and say they can not “do BIM”. Essentially, others are capable so should you be.

The legal team were described as being hugely helpful along with strong links with Academia.

BIM Contract Language – A Key tool of the USACE http://mrsi.usace.army.mil/rfp/SitePages/Home.aspx

3 key items within the contract for BIM Model, Model Element and Facility/Site Data.

Understand the definitions for ‘Model’ and ‘Facility/Site Data’Model Element = 3D Geometry, Facility/Site Data = non-graphical info attached to Model objects, Model = Geometry + Data

USACE expects you to use BIM
You must submit Model in format requested…AND be “… fully operable, compatible, and editable within the native BIM tools ”, No translations!

USACE BIM Project Execution Plan (PxP) Version 1.0 (based on penn state) https://cadbim.usace.army.mil/default.aspx?p=s&t=18&i=23

Process map for all Required BIM Uses (marked with X)
Example Maps can be downloaded from http://www.engr.psu.edu/BIM/PxP

“Elective Modeling Enhancements are not longer pre-populated”, an area that allows the submitter to declare items of Data that they will be doing over and above the basic requirements, if this is filled in it becomes contractual.

Minimum Modeling Matrix (M3) https://cadbim.usace.army.mil/default.aspx?p=s&t=12&i=71

Uniformat and Omniclass

USACE have their own LOD defentions, LOD 100 – an item is there, LOD 200 – coordinate and LOD 300 – specific assembly – Conctractually accurate. But a grade can also be applied A – 3D and facility data, B – 2d + facility data and C – 2D only.

CoS – http://mrsi.usace.army.mil/cos/SitePages/Home.aspx

Templates https://cadbim.usace.army.mil/BIM

The USACE define have a SIM initiative and site information model. GIS, SIM then BIM as a method for drilling down into increasingly localised information.

Questions to be followed up on:

Platform requirements is surely not enough, but structure of the file itself? How is this checked? How is QC carried out?
How do you monitor compliance to prevent last minute surprises or do you trust?
How is the review and acceptance carried out, manual or automatic? Any plans to make this online?


About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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