• breakwithanarchitect

BIM at a project level: The BIM manager

Updated: Mar 12

The rapid growth of BIM since 2002 has led to the introduction of new job roles in the construction industry. The lack of undrestanding what BIM stands for and the undrestanding of roles and responsibilities in a BIM project has led to some confusion over the roles involved in BIM.



The role of a BIM manager in a BIM project is a role still being defined within the construction industry. The fact is that what BIM managers do is a difficult, time consuming and relatively complicated. Except form supervising the development of a BIM model, a BIM manager works with information management, process planning and technology adoption strategies.


According to the latest job advertisements in the web, the titles used for various job BIM positions are Manager, Leader and Director. There are various responsibilities associated with these titles; however, the most important one is to ensure all work performed is in line with the company’s own protocols.


According to CPIC, 2017, the BIM project roles defined in a BEP, post - contract BIM Execution plan are:

  • Project Information Manager: Enforce the Project BIM Standards and ensure delivery of the information requirement in the EIR

  • Lead Designer: Enforce spatial coordination

  • Task Team Manager: Enforce documentation standards

  • Interface manager: negotiate space allocation

  • Task Team information manager: Reject non-compliant models, drawings & documents

  • CAD coordinator: Enforce CAD related Project BIM Standards


In addition, a postgraduate qualification related to BIM is considered beneficial for the BIM Manager however, the relevant courses are relatively new and still being developed, therefore experience is still considered the most important qualification for this role.


According to the latest research, the BIM Manager must have a strong range of technical, contextual and behavioral skills and attributes. They need to have knowledge of building designs and the engineering required along with the specialist software packages that are commonly used. Interpersonal skills, like teamwork and leadership are also very important for BIM Managers, as well as the ability to manage resources and projects effectively. Personal attributes such as being self-driven and motivated alongside a genuine enjoyment of the profession is also required for the company to reap the rewards of having a BIM Manager.


Current research shows that concerning experience, the majority of employers are requesting candidates to have an ‘appropriate level of experience in a relevant field’ rather than specific requirements such as 5 -10 years+ as a BIM Manager. The fact the BIM is a relatively new tool means that not many candidates will have this experience and this is considered a barrier towards BIM adoption and implementation in a project. Having said that, it is advised that all current and future BIM Managers should be encouraged to complete an accredited scheme to become a Certified BIM Manager as this demonstrates one’s abilities, competence and knowledge to both employers and clients.



Panagiotidou Nicoleta, BIM specialist for Breakwithanarchitect

Terms and conditions

All content provided on breakwithanarchitect is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

We are happy for others to share our blog posts through all social media platforms, including the original blog posts with credit to the author and providing a link to the original content. However we would appreciate it if the content is not reproduced in full on other sites or publications without written consent being granted by breakwithanarchitect.

These terms and conditions of use are subject to change at any time and without notice.

This blog aims to share perspectives related to processes and technologies that support the  digital future of the construction industry. This blog is linked to BIM Design Hub, an Autodesk Authorized center in Greece. 

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White LinkedIn Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

"This blog is independent of Autodesk, Inc., and is not authorized by, endorsed by, sponsored by, affiliated with, or otherwise approved by Autodesk, Inc.” 

© 2015 by breakwthanarchitect. All rights reserved