How to Hire a Great BIM Manager
Reaching the end of the Great Recession with your general contracting firm still in the black must feel pretty good. During the past few years, the AEC industry has seen considerable consolidation and contraction, but it's finally ready to start down the slow path to expansion. An excellent place to begin is by creating the position of BIM manager.
The AEC profession has been watching its building information modeling (BIM) workload increase — even during the recession — and as clients are returning, they're regularly asking for 3D modeling, 4D scheduling, 5D estimating, and other BIM functionalities. Getting your staffing infrastructure in place while your workload is still recovering to prerecession levels can help ensure that you stay competitive in the marketplace and even improve your bottom line.
But you may be wondering, what exactly does a BIM manager do? What do you need to look for in a candidate? And what should a BIM manager do to support your business? To answer these questions, I spoke with two respected BIM experts. Jan Reinhardt is cofounder and principal of ADEPT Project Delivery, a BIM consulting business. Before founding ADEPT, Reinhardt was program manager for virtual design and construction at Turner Construction. Jennifer Lanzetti, LEED AP, is the BIM coordinator for Jacobsen Construction, leading the firm's BIM implementation and training effort for the past two years.
Beyond dealing with digital files and managing drawings, Reinhardt and Lanzetti said a BIM manager must define what content goes into models and institute company-wide and, ultimately, industry-wide process changes. The latter duty is a revolution akin to when 2D CAD was introduced into daily AEC operations.
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