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Building Information Modelling (BIM) describes the process of designing and delivering a building collaboratively using a coherent system of 3D computer models.


Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £50,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

The BIM manager is required to understand how 3D modelling works for the whole design and construction team. 

What they do

They act as the interface between designer, owner and facilities manager and as such enable successful collaborations between all team members. In addition to dealing with digital files and managing drawing production, the BIM manager defines the content required in the model to achieve long term client ambitions.

The BIM manager may work closely with BIM technologists who are ultimately responsible for the model generation.

BIM roles are evolving to become an integral part of all construction projects.

The implementation of BIM processes is being driven by the Government with a requirement for all public sector projects to be utilising BIM by 2016, hence a huge increase in demand for this specialist skill base. 

Many BIM managers are called upon to perform a major task: transfer a construction/design team to a new programme (ie from AutoCAD to Revit). This transition can be quite intensive and include the following tasks for a BIM manager:

Software Training

Training users in specific software is a large part of a BIM manager’s day. Whether teaching someone in a programme from scratch or upskilling a seasoned software user, the BIM manager must be an expert in that software and have the ability to provide high level training. Software training isn’t limited to just the main software programmes (Revit, ArchiCAD etc) but may also be extended to include a variety of new programmes. It is also the BIM manager’s responsibility to ensure people have access to the tools and training they need to maximise their effectiveness and productivity.

Hardware Consultant

The BIM manager should oversee the purchase of the workstations so that hardware is sufficient and effective for the range of programmes installed on the system.

Content/Template Creation

Once the team is adept at using the software, the BIM manager's role can shift to generating content for the firm to use. Creating a project template is crucial to ensuring every project looks the same and offers the ability to pre-load commonly used tools and content, thereby saving time for the users who won't need to track it down and load it in. Whether creating the content themselves or training others to do so, the BIM manager oversees the development and storage of the firm's content, ensuring it is readily available to the user.

Research and Development

As technology constantly shifts, BIM managers must keep "in the loop" with what is currently available and what is coming down the technology pipeline. The BIM manager has the responsibility to ensure the users have all the tools to be productive. If a new tool offers more productivity, the BIM manager advocates for its implementation, finds new programs and methods, and studies the industry's best practices while discovering what works and doesn't work at other firms.

Project-Specific Support

BIM projects benefit greatly from BIM kick-off meetings which identify certain tasks and issues in relation to project collaboration among the project teams. BIM managers assist in creating and leading the agendas for these meetings. They also help develop project-specific content and resolve project-specific issues which arise during the life of the project. As conflicts and/or questions arise, the BIM manager can help the team determine the best course of action.

Hours & Salary:

You would work between 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday although these hours may be exceeded to meet tight deadlines.

The work is usually office-based but you may also be required to work on-site.

  • Newly trained BIM managers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience BIM managers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £50,000
  • Senior, chartered or master BIM managers can earn in the region of £50,000 - £80,000

Salaries typically range depending on location, level of responsibility and chartered status.


 

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Case Study

Andrew - Head of Building Information Modeling|1:09

I have the responsibility of introducing our business to new technology and business processes that is required for the modern construction industry. This includes 3D modelling of our projects and how the site teams use the information produced.

What do you like about your job?

Every day is different and presents new challenges. Every project and contract has its own personality which keeps things interesting. I can be working on a housing project one week and a hospital the next.

What’s your working day like?

It’s definitely but it’s really exciting.

What skills do you need in your job?

You need good technical and computer skills, which are essential for this job. You also need a good understanding of architecture and engineering processes, and good communication skills are really helpful in this kind of job as well.

What was your background before starting this role?

I started with an Industrial Design degree, but I worked as a CAD technician initially, and then worked my way up to Design Manager. I’ve managed design teams on some very interesting projects over the years.

What are you most proud of in your career?

Not really proud – but I have worked on 19 prisons in the UK in the last 15 years!

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Retired… or even busier! This is a changing industry and there are always better ways to do things. I’m not sure where I’ll be in ten years, but I’m sure I’ll still be in construction. It’s a very exciting industry to be in and the opportunities are endless.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in construction?

It’s different from ten years ago, and BIM is a challenging, new and exciting career. There is a shortage of BIM people within the construction industry, so there are plenty of openings for those who are keen. 

 

Qualifications & Training

Ideally, a BIM manager should have knowledge and experience regarding all construction processes and possess detailed information on the BIM process. CAD Managers and professionals with at least 5 years’ experience of managing projects in the built environment may progress to become a BIM Manager if they have the required skills in dealing with BIM processes.

Progression route from a BIM manager could be to a Partner, Managing Director or Consultant

You would normally move into BIM having completed a degree/post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline such as construction and the built environment/architecture.

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Career trends and forecasts

16,690 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,690 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes BIM Managers), between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in the South West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, and Scotland and Wales.

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