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BIM Coordinator, Task Team Manager etc - pt 3

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From BIM Journal. Click Here to Read Issue 2

from pt 2 here.

PAS1192:2 - Lead Designer

Again, strictly in relation to digital information production, the coordinated delivery of all design information is another nominated duty that will not surprise anybody familiar with the role. As is the necessity to manage information development and approvals, confirming design deliverables and approving design changes to resolve clashes[7]. Indeed something of a “Lead Coordinator” materialises. So coined as the management and coordination of the many downstream teams would feature quite heavily.

PAS1192:2 - Project Delivery Manager

Assuring the delivery of information exchanges, confirming a supplier’s ability to deliver their information requirements and accepting or rejecting information exchanges within the CDE[7] all feature as prominent dutes here. Suggesting a senior BIM Manager role with aspects of Information Manager creeping in. Again, project size and scale will dictate.

PAS1192:2 - Information Manager

As noted in Article 2, the information exchange duties provided are to enable a reliable CDE outright, receive information into the Information Model, configure said information for project outputs, populate the information exchange format for the Information Model and accept or reject changes within the CDE[7].

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With the PAS1192:2 duties now relatively well set out, it is time to attempt to map them to the BIM roles. Not easy.

Mapping and Alignment of Roles

In terms of mapping these duties into specific “BIM” suffixed roles, from the outset it seems that the Task Team Manager and Task Information Manager lean more towards being operational roles, with the Interface Manager and BIM Author tending to be more design orientated roles[16]. But it does remain important, as Jonathan Hewitt (theBIM.guru) points out, that there is a continual need to make sure the responsibilities are covered wholesale on any given project and that they are not left solely with the design department.

That said, from the issues and themes identified above, we can loosely posit the following:

  • Project Information Manager = BIM Manager

  • Task Team Manager = Lead Coordinator or BIM Coordinator/ Manager  

  • Task Information Manager = Lead Coordinator or BIM Coordinator

  • Design Construction Lead = BIM Manager/ Lead Coordinator/ Design Manager

  • Project Delivery Manager = Document Controller/ Information Manager)

  • Information Authors = BIM Modellers/ BIM Technicians etc.

  • Interface Manager = Lead Coordinator/ BIM Coordinator[16]

Indeed these definitions can overlap depending on main contractor/consultant hierarchies, as different teams may well assume some roles that are not required in others. But again this merely adds to the rich tapestry of project variability, so nothing new there.

Conclusion

A holistic and standardised set of roles would really help the industry it seems. This would help considerably in a global capacity as well, where other territories also use titles such as “BIM Job Captain” and the like. Indeed the current state of affairs worldwide was captured well by Frank Weiss (Aconex) and this does seem to fall to global standards institutions to drive consistency overall, ultimately with alignment between them.

That said, above all it needs to be remembered that many roles, or at least the duties within, can be passed from one team to the next as the project progresses. So coordinating and considering this from the outset (and keeping on top of it) remains vital when it comes to any individual’s role within the project.

As always, collaboration, openness and early discussions and agreements are the key.

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I think there is no overall answer in terms of what we observe in the market worldwide right now when it comes to firm roles and responsibilities.

It is pretty much down to different standards institutions to really shape and describe what the job descriptions are going forward and to offer training to qualify as a BIM Manager or a BIM Coordinator or the like.

Of course there are some training providers who are strong in this area and are already doing so.[3]

FRANK WEISS - HEAD OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AT ACONEX

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For references see BIM Journal magazine.

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