Architects, engineers, and general contractors all play a critical role in a successful building project. The Model Progression Specification is the sheet music for that orchestration. The MPS organizes each party's intellectual property and creates an information-rich model for 3D-4D-5D BIM.



The Model Progression Specification assumes the premise that as the level of detail increases during the Design Process, the schedule and estimate become more and more accurate. 

• By clashing models of similar level of detail, you get a more meaningful result. 
• By interrogating those coordinated models, your understanding of the project increases and the quantity takeoff becomes more precise.
• With more precise quantities, the planning team can better map out tasks, activities, materials, and equipment, and even capture productivity rates from subs.
• And with this information, the estimate grows in accuracy.


With the MPS, the 5D BIM maps directly to the most efficient business process for achieving program goals.  The MPS is standardized and repeatable, able to bring efficiencies into a project that can be redeployed on multiple projects.  The MPS is just like sheet music that every musician can read to play their part.


You don’t need the MPS if you are just going to use a model for visualization purposes. 


But you do need the MPS if you want to extract meaningful information from the BIM and dynamically tie it to cost and time.  You do need the MPS if you want to proactively offer the Owner the facts: if we change the design, here is how that change impacts both the schedule and the estimate.  You do need the MPS if you want to create and organize the intellectual property in your firm.


To learn more about the MPS, please navigate through these additional resources:


Webpage: The History and Evolution of the MPS

Webpage: MPS Terms and Definitions

Webpage: What is the BIM Level of Detail?

Webpage: The MPS as Sheet Music for an Orchestra

Webpage: What Is a Purpose-Built BIM Model?

Webpage: Who is Authoring the BIM Model?

Webpage: What You Need in Your Virtual Construction Toolkit

Webpage: Rollout the MPS to a New Project

Webinar: Webcor and the MPS

Webinar: Using the Content Plan and MPS

Webinar: Understanding the Model Progression Specification

Webinar: The MPS 3.0

Blog: What Can Be Done to Improve BIM Model Fidelity?

Blog: Why You Need an MPS on Every 5D Project

Blog: The 5D Data Pack Is Your Shortcut to 5D BIM

FAQs: MPS Frequently-Asked Questions