BIM Journal Interview with John Adams, BIM Strategy Ltd. pt 2


Continues from part 1 here.

The role of a BIM Engineer?

A BIM Engineer is the Engineering equivalent of a BIM Architect.  It’s a short term idiosyncracy meaning an engineer who can use Revit in most cases and should desist in time.

Information Manager?

The role of the Information Manager is the first real data focussed role in the world of BIM,  day to day this is pretty indepth COBie wrangling and will in time become the IFC masters of the industry.  

The value of turning data into structured information is only just being realised in the industry now and the importance of this key role will only increase.

Project Manager?

The BIM Manager and the Project Manager currently suffer from a significant overlap as they are both trying to make the project highly successful through good planning and gaining strategic agreement.  

A good BIM Manager should allow the PM to really focus on driving value for the client throughout the project rather than needing to stay on the back of the design team to deliver coordinated information.

CAD Manager?

The good CAD managers will exist for a while yet as their skillset is still very relevant to setting up templates and creating and managing good practice… however the quality of CAD in the industry has long been questionable and thoses CAD managers who have allowed poorly structured work and detrimental shortcuts to leave the office in the past, really need to step up as they head into a world of structured models and data.  

The errors are now amplified and the checking tools are growing in sophistication and number.

BIM Consultant?

BIM needs people out there day in day out helping businesses understand how BIM fits into their business and their projects.  

The best of the BIM consultants need to be more than highly knowledgable in the subject area, they also need to be evangelists and troubadors who are putting in the miles and banging the drum if we are to be an industry delivering BIM as business as usual by 2020.  

To make sure we make the UK construction industry a genuine long term leader in the digitisation of construction we need to keep putting our BIM Consultants on planes and giving them opportunities to talk to audiences across the globa about what we are doing here with Level 2.

What does a BIM Manager do “officially” if you were to qualify the role yourself, in a published standard for others to honour. What would it say?

To join the order of BIM managers you must slice your left palm with a ceremonial dagger blessed by Mervyn Richards and drip blood onto a copy of PAS1192:2… nonsense of course but the role of the BIM Manager isn’t something that is definable.  

If it’s got something vaguely to do with BIM, and it needs doing, it’s pretty much expected that a BIM Manger will sort it.  This has been just about manageable as the standards have been forming and the toolset was quite thin… but now the term BIM and the processes and tech around have expanded there is nobody who can do it all.   

This is why we are seeing BIM Coordinators and BIM Managers emerge as more formalised roles.

In terms of the PAS "nominated roles" how do these map or align with legacy or emerging BIM roles?

The Task Team Manager/ Task Information Manager is in my mind a single role in each business that has produced a TIDP. As such in an architectural practice this is one of the seniors who is suitably experienced to sign off drawings in a QA process before delivery.  The same goes at the structural and M&E offices.   

Obviously these guys need to do some learning to be able to sign off COBie deliverables and model exchanges, but let’s face it they are seniors and they have to take responsibility for what leaves the office.  

This is currently a missing element on projects as the seniors are deferring this responsibility to junior members of the team who can drive the tools which is leading to inappropriate models and poorly structured data polluting projects.  

Where BIM hits ISO9001 is an issue for many offices at the moment.

Interface Manager?

As for the Interface Manager, the best fit is the Lead Designer as it’s the best role to make the comprise that keep the quality in the project; however I expect many contractors and PQSs will be keen on this role as the decisions made from this role can have significant financial impacts on the project.  

Bit of a battleground emerging here, similar to the Principle Designer battle currently going on.

Many thanks again John, be sure to read the full study captured in Issue 02 of BIM Journal here.

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