As we have seen in previous posts, in architecture as in many professions, the progress and emergence of new technologies have led to the proliferation of new professional profiles, one of them being the BIM Manager. This position is relatively recent and it is necessary to know the different roles and functions that exist within this position.
It should be clarified that these roles are rather functions assigned to the tasks that can be performed by the team, they can be changeable or fixed, and that will depend on each team and each project in particular.
This is why it is important to know that the roles within a BIM project are not assigned positions in the company, it is about the team assigning these functions to colleagues since a BIM project is managed by the entire team. In this way, the same role can be performed by several project colleagues. In addition, a single person can take on several roles as long as he or she is competent to do so.
If you want to know how to adapt to a specific BIM profile, read on because below we will tell you the main functions and roles that you can find in a project of this type.
What are the functions of a BIM Manager?
To successfully perform the different roles, a BIM Manager must have the following qualities:
- Personal relationships.
- Budget management.
- Technology + IT + Processes Manager.
- Focus on results.
- Conflict management.
- High level of motivation.
- Leadership skills.
- Moral integrity.
- Ability to delegate.
- Good communicator.
Thanks to these qualities the BIM Manager will be able to perform his/her duties, such as:
- Develop the project management plan.
- Keep risks under control.
- Define the scope of the project.
- Presenting the project plan.
- Test the stakeholders.
- Generate BIM protocols.
- Control project quality.
- Perform follow-up reports.
- Maintain project schedule and costs.
- Determine project scope.
What are the roles of a BIM Manager?
Developer, client owner, client
We start with the promoter, a member who hires the Project Management Team to take charge of setting up and financing the project.
BIM project manager
The BIM project manager, also known as the BIM project manager, is chosen by the client to lead and manage both the BIM team and the project. In this, way he/she can meet the objectives and expectations that the client will have for the project. This role is key to the completion of the project and has the following responsibilities:
- Keep the project on schedule and cost.
- Manage changes and project quality.
- Perform project status reports.
- Define the scope of the project.
- Control risks.
- Manage quality.
- Lead the project.
- Develop the project plan.
- Define BIM uses and objectives.
- Develop BIM protocols by Client Information Requirements (CIRs).
- Create a project management plan.
- Create the project charter.
The Information Manager is in charge of managing the information traffic between project stakeholders through the different stages of the project.
He/she controls the flow of information required to get it to the client in the project phases so that the client can maintain, build and design the project.
This information is kept in flow through different communication channels and established milestones. This is why the Information Manager has to create a Collaborative Environment among the whole team.
Also known as Technical Director, is elected by the Project Management Team. He is in charge of ensuring digital quality and content structure.
He also manages the correct use of the BIM methodology through the different resources and regularizing the creation of content. This role performs among others the following functions:
- Software and platforms.
- Model management (changes, quality…etc).
- Settles workflows.
- Assistant for team meetings.
- Technical support in collision localization.
- BIM user manual.
- Implements and coordinates BIM Execution Plan (BEP) compliance.
- Standardizes standards.
- Ensures good interoperability.
The Lead Construction or Director of Construction Management manages through BIM systems the direction of the execution as its name indicates. He also checks the results of the Construction Team. He validates and signs the documents for the coordination of the execution.
Performs the following functions:
- Acknowledges the results of the Team.
- Accepts the information.
- Manages the execution of the project.
Task Team Manager
The Task Team Manager is also known as Task Team Manager. He is the head of the design realization of specific tasks. He is in charge of overseeing the design and all items involved in specific tasks. Tasks are included in different disciplines that have to be known by the project team and the Task Team Manager.
This role is in charge of the validation processes for the quality of the BIM model. It also coordinates the performance of the work in a discipline so that the requirements of the Technical Director can be met. It also ensures that the BIM model is compatible with all disciplines and performs BIM model quality checks.
The BIM Modeler is in charge of modeling according to the BEP. It has the following functions:
- Generates 3d visualizations.
- It must have design protocols.
- Exports the 2d model.
- Has to know about construction to perform correct modeling.
- Knows standards and ICT as well as object libraries.
- Provides information to the team using BIM software.
These are the most important roles, but there are also other roles such as IFC Specialist, BIM facilitator, BIM Consultant, or BIM Researcher. These roles are also derived from the BIM Methodology.