In general terms, a BIM manager is responsible for the implementation and management of BIM during the design, construction and handover stages of a project. The term ‘BIM manager’ can used as a catch-all for someone who is charged with introducing and implementing digital technologies to assist and enhance project workflows, although precise tasks and responsibilities varies according to a company, project, and so on.
Change management is a important factor in the role of a BIM manager, in terms of introducing effective change to an organisation’s work processes. Day-to-day duties of a BIM manager tend to depend on the stage in a change process or project that they are working at. They may work with quantity surveyors, engineers, planners and designers on extracting and utilising information from data-rich models.
As the ‘digital revolution’ continues to influence the construction industry, particularly BIM Levels 3 and 4, the role of a BIM manager is expected to evolve to meet the needs of practitioners implementing the technologies.
This role differs from that of an Information Manager, which is a procedural gate-keeper, policing the common data environment to ensure that it follows the agreed protocol and that the data is secure.
For more information, see Information manager.
As yet, there is no recognised route to becoming a BIM manager, although it is expected that they will come from a tech background as well as have experience developing policy and implementing change processes. Professionals with a background in CAD, document control or engineering are increasingly up-skilling to BIM management.
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