Changing construction industry: BIM managers gain importance
Building Information Modeling (BIM) digitizes processes inside and outside companies. As a result, construction companies can no longer stay out of digitization. BIM is currently one of the central topics in the construction industry and has become indispensable.
This evolution of the construction industry has led to the development of new roles and professions. One of them is the role of the BIM manager. The newly created profession is currently gaining central importance. And it is in great demand among the construction players - keyword: lack of skilled workers.
There is no question that BIM experts are rare goods. Since the subject of BIM is still in its infancy during training, there are only a few experts to date. This small group of specialists is traded like gold - "high wages" and "few competitors" dominate the field of "BIM management".
Continuing education opportunities in this area are constantly developing. Some opportunities have emerged, especially at the private level. But even public educational institutions can no longer avoid the topic of BIM. However, there is still a lack of uniform training standards in order to enable a well-founded course of study.
Nowadays, it is therefore advisable to further train existing personnel with practical experience through specially initiated training courses and seminars in the field of BIM.
Who is BIM Manager?
For all companies that implement BIM, it is important to understand that BIM implementation alone is not enough. It is necessary to hire specialists or to train and educate them yourself.
The BIM manager is an absolute expert in his field. He has an overview of the big picture. His tasks: Monitoring & control. He is responsible for the successful implementation of the agreed BIM processes.
He pulls the strings when it comes to time and cost plans. He deals with the most important guidelines and manages the working methods of those involved in the project. Put simply, everything related to BIM falls within his remit.
But how does the BIM manager benefit of the BIM planning method?
The position of the BIM manager would not exist at all without the planning method. Only with the imminent consolidation of the technology in the industry has the question arisen: How do you deal with the resulting challenges? The answer is clear: a BIM manager who can master precisely these challenges.
The BIM planning method, led by the BIM manager, offers many advantages. This benefits planners, manufacturers, partners and other construction players. The five strongest advantages are explained below:
Unimpeded flow of information As already mentioned, the most important task of a BIM manager is to stay in control. He must not lose track of the information and all those involved in the project. Thanks to BIM, it has never been so easy to track and trace all processes. The information stored in the project and BIM content and the regular updating of the BIM model ensure that the BIM Manager is always up to date.
Transparency over the entire construction project Information at a glance, every single step - that's what BIM offers. Every change to the project is documented and saved. Every adaptation of the products is immediately updated in the BIM content. Every innovation is identified. This gives the BIM manager a transparent insight into all processes. This enables the BIM Manager to react to errors and complications at an early stage and to prevent resulting difficulties in the further process.
Information advantage through frontloading BIM makes it possible to push a large part of the planning forward on schedule. This makes it much easier to coordinate responsibilities and the required components. Since the BIM manager has the necessary competence in the area of BIM, he is the most important contact person in this area.
Simplified project management Project management is an essential part of the work of a BIM manager. Building Information Modeling facilitates the planning of a project. The individual steps of project management become more precise and definable. The basic decisions can be made by the amount of existing information, already from the beginning of the project. The "flood of information" makes it possible to avoid difficulties that arise later, such as time and cost overruns. Since the BIM manager is responsible for ensuring that exactly these difficulties do not occur, this is probably one of the most important advantages for his professional field.
Cost certainty Costs are an essential factor in a project. The given budget should not be exceeded under any circumstances - the BIM manager, among others, is responsible for this. BIM makes it easier for the BIM manager to plan costs in advance and thus minimize possible cost risks.
Building Information Modeling is the foundation for the role of the BIM Manager. And from time to time this role becomes more and more in demand. BIM makes everyday work easier for BIM managers. Thanks to our component management system, the management of BIM processes becomes child's play.
Don't wait any longer and jump on the train to the future of the construction industry!
Sissi Scarlett Bildhoff
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