A BIM manager’s role, which can be found in companies like The CAD Room, is that of a civil engineer who needs to implement Building Information Modelling, (BIM) and the Digital Construction methods at the handover, construction, and design points of a mission. The responsibilities can vary massively, and a BIM manager’s role will be dependent on whether someone is working for a designer, contractor, or client.
There Are Two Sides To BIM
The role of a BIM manager can be categorized into two different workflows: Digital Construction and that of Information Management. The Digital Construction workflow is mainly thought of as the more interesting part of BIM. This role focuses on improving the efficiency of projects and on testing different solutions via analysis and simulations. There is a range of digital construction tasks which can include the creation of:
- Both micro and macro simulations to be used for tenders and live projects – these will help project planners.
- Model quantity take-offs that help planners, estimators and quantity surveyors.
- Plans of 3D logistics to help access and egress routes that are on site.
- The processing of point cloud data to help and certify construction sequences and for exact dimensions to be extracted.
- Visual Method Statements to highlight the possible risks and to certify the construction sequences – these are used to help site operatives.
- In-depth 3D concept images of temporary work ideas to assist the process of engineers furthering their designs.
The workflow of Information Management is a clerical function, and it is used to guarantee that every member of the project is educated on how BIM is necessary to the project. The activities entailed in Information Management may include:
- The maintenance and setting up of the Common Data Environment incorporating workflow alignment with the protocols of BIM.
- Obtaining and integrating asset data in the BIM environment this can include linked information.
- The monitoring of the performance of the supply chain and where needed utilising the correct upskilling and training to guarantee effective information delivery.
- Making Employers Information Requirements (EIRs). An EIR document describes the preferred systems of a client, their processes and needed outputs from the supply chain.
- The creation of BIM Execution Plans (BEPs). A BEP is made in extension of an EIR and it describes how the supplier wants to meet the information requirements of the client.
What Experience and Qualifications are Needed for BIM?
Usually, a BIM manager needs to have obtained academic questions of HNC/HND standard or higher in a construction-based topic like civil engineering – ideally, they will have more than five years’ experience in an engineering, construction or architectural role. Also, for people with CAD, document control or engineering backgrounds making a move into a BIM role is far from unheard of.
Although a BIM manager will not be responsible for the design part of processes, they will be required to have a decent understanding of the modelling process. BIM managers are required to have above-average knowledge of IT and need to be able to use several software disciplines as they must drive the models in meetings. Clear communication and writing skills are essential as a BIM manager must collaborate with every member of the supply chain. Another very useful thing is the knowledge of quality and document management processes as a BIM manager must help within the maintenance and creation of Common Data Environments.