BIM information manager
In the UK, the Government Construction Strategy published in May 2011, stated that the '...Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016'. This represents a minimum requirement for Level 2 BIM on all centrally-procured public projects.
As part of the industry response to this challenge, a number of BIM protocols have been prepared establishing specific obligations, liabilities and limitations on the use of building information models and that can be used by clients to mandate particular working practices.
Protocols such as the Construction Industry Council (CIC) BIM protocol require the appointment of an information manager (or project information manager) to set up and manage the common data environment (CDE). The common data environment (CDE) is used to collect, manage and disseminate documentation, the graphical model and non-graphical data for the whole project team. It facilitates collaboration between project team members and helps avoid duplication and mistakes.
The information manager is a procedural gate-keeper, policing the common data environment to ensure that it follows the agreed protocol and that the data is secure. They are not a BIM co-ordinator and have no design responsibility and no responsibility for clash detection or model coordination.
The CIC BIM protocol requires that the client appoints the information manager. This might be an internal appointment, but is more likely to be a service provided by a tier 1 supplier. The appointment may change through the course of the project. For example the lead designer or lead consultant may be the information manager during the early stages of the project, but the contractor may take on the role during construction.
NB The client may have their own information manager, responsible for co-ordinating preparation of the employer's information requirements, extracting relevant parts for inclusion in appointment documents and establishing the client's information environment where project information defined in the employer's information requirements and supplied by tier 1 suppliers is exchanged, verified and stored.
The CIC Outline Scope of Services for the role of Information Management suggests that the information manger should be responsible for:
- Establishing a common data environment, along with its processes, procedures and security and ensuring its integrity.
- Establishing the information structure and standards for the information model, agreeing output formats and validating compliance.
- Establishing responsibilities for the provision of information and its level of detail for each project stage (as set out in the Employer's Information Requirements).
- Enabling integration of information by the project team and co-ordination of information by the lead designer.
- Assisting the project team to establish information exchange processes.
- Other management procedures such as record keeping, change control procedures and so on.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Asset information model.
- BIM for dummies - an interview.
- BIM Task Group.
- Common data environment.
- Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie).
- CIC BIM Protocol.
- Collaborative practices.
- Global Unique IDs (GUIDs).
- Government Construction Strategy.
- Industry Foundation Classes.
- Knowledge management.
- PAS 1192-2:2013.
- Project information model.
- Soft landings.
 External references
Featured articles and news
CEOs and high-level executives explain who they expect to be the most successful players in the future of construction.
What are package contracts and how are they broken down? Find out in our introductory article.
Identifying sustainable shoreline protection solutions in the face of rising sea levels and storms in the US.
Budget documents state modern methods of construction will be favoured for public infrastructure schemes from 2019.
A walk-through exhibition of an emergency humanitarian shelter is officially opened at BRE's Innovation Park.
How to work safely on a construction site during winter.
Housing is the big winner in Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget.
The winner of our BSRIA competition, Tomorrow's challenges in today's buildings, is.... Bob Hendrikx. A big thank you to everyone that took part.
Committee of MPs accuses government of dealing billpayers a 'bad hand' over the guaranteed power price.
In 1992, the Joint Fire Code was first published. What influence does it still have on construction sites today?
"Companies will have to adapt or go out of business" - how are virtual reality and big data disrupting digital construction?
International Well Building Institute and BRE collaborate on multiple levels to advance human health through better buildings.
"The industry has tried moving away from prescriptivism to focus on performance, but maybe that’s no longer working".