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BIM Manager: Profile, functions and responsabilities

What exactly is a BIM Manager? How is this profile evolving in the current construction sector? What role does this figure play in the transition to digitalization? Juan Carlos Mendoza, BIM Manager in ReStudio and alumni of the Máster Internacional BIM Manager of Zigurat, explains in detail the new role that this professional profile is acquiring.

An emerging concept

In countries where the implementation of BIM has already some results or, in those where there are BIM implementation initiatives (this only includes countries that count with public and official statistics and documentation), it has been possible to define the role of the BIM Manager or BIM coordinator (it does not matter what this position is called). In my country, Peru, the position of the BIM Manager is still unclear. Most companies hire technicians who have only taken a couple of Revit courses or are somewhat familiarized with other BIM software and who irresponsibly call themselves 'BIM Manager'. And it is not the responsibility of the companies that hire them; this happens because the human resources do not have a defined profile of what BIM Manager’s functions will be, what type of specialization does the position require, the remuneration they will receive (the profile of BIM Manager is still new and this is the point). In this article, we will try to define the profile of the BIM Manager, this is not intended to be taken at face value as suggested.

The BIM Manager, the new type of leader

If we refer to the definition of BIM Manager, we talk about a professional whose mission is to lead the correct implementation and use of the BIM methodology, coordinating the process of modeling the project (here would go all related to the standards manuals, BIM execution plan and all the documents that must be written and applied). In addition, the BIM Manager shall coordinate close collaboration between the different actors involved, has to have a global vision of the project and ensure the correct integration of the models and their disciplines, while also coordinating the generation of content and have the ability to communicate the benefits and difficulties of the BIM to the company.

The key factors of being BIM Manager

The BIM Manager combines the profile of a technician with a Project Manager and a Manager:
  • Technical profile, should know: Technology + IT + Processes Manager
  • Management of budgets, quality, risks, times and resources
  • Personal relationships
  • Conflict management
  • Focus on results
  • Self-discipline
  • Responsible and tedious
  • Team player

- Ability to delegate

  • Highly motivated to perform his/her duties
  • Intelligence and mind for innovation
  • Capacity of analysis and synthesis
  • Communication capacity
  • Listening ability
  • Observation skills
  • Working capacity
  • High level of commitment
  • Perseverance and perseverance
  • Mental and physical strength
  • Leadership
  • Moral integrity and ethics
  • Critical spirit

- Proactivity

Checklist of skills and abilities of the BIM Manager:
  • Leadership development
  • Work teams’ management
  • Training in project management
  • Recognition of priorities
  • Business Plan development
  • Risk management
  • Project planning methodology
  • Efficient time management
  • Document management
  • Project documentation.
  • Information management and structuring
  • Standardization
  BIM Manager knowledge checklist:
  • BIM applications
  • Vault document management
  • Deployment
  • Subscription system
  • Licensing
You can check out the full text of this article on the blog by Juan Carlos Mendoza: BIM+Tecnología & + bim manager

Zigurat Global Institute of Technology