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BIM Manager: False title or a real new job?

Why would a company operating in the construction sector need a BIM Manager?

Which parts of BIM have to be managed and which competences a BIM Manager has to have to manage them properly?

These are some of the most frequently asked questions that I have been asked over time and which have led me to write this short article. The role of BIM Manager has a lot of functions and responsibilities. Let’s take a closer look at them.

The BIM Manager makes the fundamental choices about the digitisation strategy

What is a BIM Manager?

A BIM Manager is ultimately responsible for how a company operating in the construction industry implements its BIM workflow. BIM Managers are the key decision makers on which internal and external applications and workflows will be used to respond to e.g. the requirements formulated in the tender specifications and with which BIM standards and procedures to carry them out.

What does a BIM Manager do?

As the ultimate manager of how companies implement their BIM workflow, BIM Managers make the fundamental choices regarding digitisation strategy, regardless of whether they work in a design office, a construction company, a property developer or a maintenance company.

In particular, BIM Managers deal with:

In the context of order management, it deals with:

  • coordinating and supervising orders during acquisition and execution;
  • define the contractual aspects of the order,
  • draw up the Information Specification (if BIM manager of the client party) or the Information Management Offer (if BIM manager of the contractor party);
  • support the work of drafting the Information Management Plan (support the BIM Coordinator to carry out the actual drafting of the plan);
  • designate the BIM coordinator for the order;

In the area of infrastructure, it deals with:

  • Drafting and updating proprietary information management guidelines, i.e. those internal company or facility standards that detail how different teams should work, share information and collaborate with each other;
  • Promote a training, research and development plan;
  • Promote a training, research and development plan;

Within the scope of knowledge, the BIM Manager must have specific competences of:

  • gestione dei sistemi informativi;
  • measuring the level of digital maturity;
  • Cyber security
  • Privacy Policy aziendale
  • information exchange protocols;
  • construction project management;
  • drawing up a hardware, software and training investment plan;
  • audits and drafting of company reports;
  • legislation and regulations on information management;
  • verification, standardisation and quality processes;
  • contracts;;

How much does a BIM Manager earn?

According to national averages in the United States, the salary of a BIM Manager can vary from $59,000 to $107,000, with an average salary of $76,000.

Reasons to become a BIM Manager

There are many reasons to become a BIM Manager. You should undertake such a path to become a BIM Manager if:

  1. You are an innovator;
  2. You have a strong organisational spirit and possess strong leadership skills;
  3. You like to create, manage and enforce the organisational structure;
  4. You like to help people around you to do their best;
  5. You have both technical and IT experience and are interested in the opportunities offered by Building Information Modeling (BIM);
  6. You appreciate working with fast-growing and ever-changing technology
  7. You have a great sense of humour 🙂

There are a lot of other roles and duties of BIM Managers that can be mentioned, many of which have not been included in this short article, I leave it to the sensibility and competence of BIM Managers to discover them and treasure them.

If you are a BIM Manager, you will have experienced in your day-to-day life that you may feel that for your colleagues you are their personal Google on BIM issues – you will certainly also have experienced that high-fives and “I owe you a beer” statements make you feel useful and valuable to your company.

So let’s raise our glasses and say, “Cheers to the BIM Manager!”

Are you a BIM Manager and want to learn more about the contents of this article or discover how Building in Cloud can help you move from theory to practice?

Contact me by clicking here, I will be happy to answer you as soon as possible.