If you ask a hundred BIM managers exactly what their job consists of, you’re likely to get a hundred different answers. That’s because the role of the BIM manager is different at every company, and it’s always changing. What kind of work does your company do? How big is your team? Are you still making the transition to BIM, or have BIM processes been in place for some time? Answers to these and other questions will define the specific responsibilities of your role as BIM manager.
Yet BIM managers also have much in common. As Chris Lindo points out in his AU class Taking the Leap: Transitioning to a BIM Manager, there are five key responsibilities that BIM managers share, which he calls “the five Ts”:
- Technology—You’re responsible for the purchase and maintenance of the hardware, software, and other technologies that enable the design and construction work to get done.
- Team—You’re responsible for building the team and supporting them in their work. That can include hiring and managing everyone from designers and VDC professionals to project managers, supervisors, and those in support positions.
- Training—It’s your job to make sure your team has the skills needed to work effectively. And you need to keep a step ahead with your own skills, too.
- Technique—You develop and enforce the standards for your team, implement and manage workflows, and define documentation and other requirements.
- Tools—You also manage other things beyond the technology itself, including road maps, checklists, templates, and content that you use to keep projects running smoothly.
Ready to build your BIM management skills? Check out this AU learning:
Technology and training
Implementing new software requires preparation and planning. Learn how to set up BIM 360 for design collaboration, design review, and issue management. Then, discover workflows for interoperability with Revit, AutoCAD, and Navisworks.
BIM has become the norm for building projects, but it still has a long way to go in infrastructure. The higher the level of detail required for the model, the more BIM has to offer. Using a set of case studies from India, Dayesh Jaiswal and Viraj Voditel demonstrate how cloud technologies and data integration are changing infrastructure workflows for the better.
Cloud-based collaboration services like BIM Collaborate and BIM Collaborate Pro have many benefits—like integrated document management and review solutions and permission-enriched workflows—that are empowering teams to reach unprecedented levels of cooperation. Discover the evolving possibilities with walkthroughs of common workflows and best practices to bring the distributed team together.
Technique and tools
Misunderstanding and confusion are often part of life in construction, and poor project planning can be to blame. The remedy? Better BIM execution planning. Ahmed Cassim explores a case study that shows how better BIM planning leads to better collaboration, coordination, and communication.
The team at WSP Canada has developed a highly integrated workflow to accelerate project delivery, combining the best of Revit cloud work sharing, design collaboration, and model coordination. How good is it? Their BIM managers became 80% more productive and the speed of project execution went through the roof.
And that’s just the beginning. You can check out hundreds of sessions on BIM management anytime at Autodesk University. We’re ready when you’re ready.