The role of a BIM manager
A BIM manager is most of the time a civil engineer/project manager who implements all the procedures in BIM and Digital Construction during the design, construction, and handover of a project. Digital Construction is one of the two separate workflows of BIM.
A BIM manager leads and supports the use of digital technology to create BIMs in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) sector. This may sound a bit vague, but the BIM manager can have a wide variety of responsibilities, depending on who they are working for.
BIM managers can go from implementing and managing project support tasks to quality support, and IT. What they need to do during every project is to take all the necessary factors for project implementation and completion, categorize them, and use them to turn the BIM environment into a productive and collaborative one.
They do so by defining a BIM strategy, implementing systems for communication and data exchange, ensuring seamless collaboration, managing people and resources, monitoring the process for potential improvements, and implementing tools for designing, developing, delivering, and maintaining a particular facility.
What are the benefits of having a BIM manager for a project?
Having a BIM manager oversee construction projects leads to a lot of very important benefits. They include:
- Better coordination and collaboration.
- Better time management and fewer delays.
- Reduced costs and higher ROI.
- Increased productivity and faster delivery.
- Reduced risk of information losses, which especially tend to occur when a new team takes over a project.
- Improved maintenance and effective prevention of costly reparation.
- Reduced energy consumption and better environmental
- Enhanced stability and safety.
Required qualifications for a BIM manager
To become a BIM manager, you need to arm yourself with the following qualifications:
- An HNC (Higher National Diploma) or HND (Higher National Certificate) in a subject related to construction, such as civil engineering.
- Experience in an AEC role (many employers are looking for at least 5 years’ experience).
- Familiarity with the modeling process in BIM.
- Excellent IT skills.
- Great verbal and written communication skills.
- Extensive knowledge of quality and document management processes.