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Building information modelling manager

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

The role

  • Act as the interface between designer, owner and facilities manager and as such enable successful collaborations between all team members
  • Dealing with digital files and managing drawing production
  • Work closely with BIM technologists who are ultimately responsible for the model generation.
  • 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. 
  • Training users in specific software/ Upskilling a seasoned software user
  • Ensuring people have access to the tools and training they need to maximise their effectiveness and productivity
  • Oversee the purchase of the workstations so that hardware is sufficient and effective for the range of programmes installed on the system
  • Generating content for the firm to use 
  • As technology constantly shifts, BIM managers must keep "in the loop" with what is currently available and what is coming down the technology pipeline. 
  • Creating and leading the agendas for meetings which identify certain tasks and issues in relation to project collaboration among the project teams. 
  • 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.

Patrick Mitchell

Patrick Mitchell is Group BIM Lead for Robertson Partnership Homes.

Qualifications and 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 or Architectual Technology and BIM.

Further information


  • Newly trained BIM managers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £35,000
  • Trained with experience BIM managers can earn in the region of £35,000 - £50,000
  • Senior, chartered or master BIM managers can earn in the region of £50,000 - £70,000

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




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