Opinion

BIM Coordinator, Task Team Manager etc - pt 1

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From BIM Journal. Click Here to Read Issue 2

With the Information Manager and the BIM Manager duties now relatively well established, the role of the BIM Coordinator, so called, can be looked at more closely.

Overall Scope

In some organisations it would seem that we could generalise the role as being not so much “Assistant BIM Manager” as assistant to the BIM Manager. Yet as ever there are many nuances that need to be looked at and identified further.

Indeed, as John Adams (BIM Strategy) notes, a BIM Coordinator has a slightly more defined role than a BIM Manager as they tend to be tasked with deploying the standards and the processes on any particular project - whereas BIM Managers tend to be more strategic and outward facing overall[4].

What can be said even at this early stage, is that where a BIM Manager may write the BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and the like, a BIM coordinator would implement it.  However, it may not be consistent from one company to the next as the roles can be, indeed often are, suitably mixed up or merged[16]. Again, it comes down to the actual duties and traits of the role rather than the official job title chosen, but in either case it should be made clear who is doing what in the necessary project documentation and the typical duties that this incurrs will be looked at next.

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Familiar Duties.

In general, in years gone by the duties below perhaps once fell to the BIM Manager, but have nowadays been identified as the main recurring themes for the BIM Coordinator’s involvement;

  • Conduct and coordinate design creation and coordination duties and issues

  • Honour project and organisational standards and guidelines

  • Carry out scheduling and progress monitoring

  • Monitor and assist specific team roles and responsibilities

  • Facilitate efficient and effective collaboration and communication

  • Champion quality, trust and commitment within the team

  • Respect data versioning

  • Assist with user specific issues

  • Monitor deliverables

  • Advise of progress and timescales[12]

Indeed, the BIM Coordinator is required to create procedures according to the individual requirements and uses of each project. This ultimately allows for the smooth use of the available software tools that then guarantees interoperability between models, project schedules, project cost estimation and ERP[19] and FM systems.

But it has been said that BIM is 5% technology and 95% human behaviour, and this ratio is certainly felt by the individual placed in this role for sure. A glance at the above duties again very soon confirms it. Indeed many technology tools are available but they exist only as an enabler. The BIM Coordinator ultimately needs to guarantee that the correct data inputs are introduced to the software in the first place, and this is only possible if the information is managed well from the start before it is passed up the chain to other stakeholders during the project lifecycle[19].

Awareness of the whole process and the place of each team member within it, not just their data responsibilities, remains paramount.

..part 2 here.

For references see BIM Journal magazine.

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