BIM 5 - Roles of the project team

1 March 2018 Kingspan Insulation UK
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Welcome to our new BIM series BIM 5. The idea behind this series is to give you a simple and easy way of understanding a number of topics related to BIM, without the excessive jargon. Each article will consist of five points to do with a specific topic; these can be anything from information on standards to our experiences with BIM. If you have any questions you would like to see answered in future articles, just let us know.

For the first BIM 5 we are going to look at some of the job roles within the BIM process. However as this topic is quite complex it will be spread over two posts. In the first of this two-parter we are going to take a look at the roles within the project team.

1. What is a project team?

The project team is in command of the whole design from cradle through to the handover of the built asset. The project team is primarily made up of four different roles, Employers Representative, Design / Construction lead, Project Delivery Manager, and Project Information Manager. A key point is that these roles are not job titles, so one person could have more than one role within a project team.

2. Employer's Representative

As the name suggests, the Employer’s Representative is there to represent what the client wants and needs out of their new built asset. They will be in control of developing the employer’s information requirements (known as EIR, which is essentially the brief) alongside the client and will use it to review the project information model. Additionally, they will push through any standards, methods and procedures the client requires, as well as implementing the BIM protocol. They are also in charge of assigning the other roles within the project team.

3. Design / Construction Lead

This role would be taken on by the lead design or main contractor representatives. They will need to use the client’s EIR to create the BIM execution plan and review the project information model as well as authorising its contractual delivery on behalf of the lead supplier. They will also appoint the task teams and define to them the Project standards, methods and procedures (SMP) as well as defining the volume strategy and creating the lead suppliers EIR which will be fed to the supply chain.

4. Project Delivery Manager

One of the main responsibilities for this role is to develop and manage the master information delivery plan (MIDP). This will be used to assess the task team’s information and to make sure that the project information model is up to the required standards set within it. They will also manage the risks that can be associated with the delivery of the model and ensure that there is effective communication between the client, lead supplier and the task teams.

5. Project Information Manager

This role is very similar to the project delivery manager in the sense that they also check that the project information model is created to the project’s SMP (standards, methods & procedures) and they also manage the risks associated to the production of the project information model. Other responsibilities include the actual development of the project SMP, assessing the task team’s capability to work to the SMP and making sure that the common data environment is accessible to all task teams.
That’s the end of our first BIM 5 article covering the different roles within a project team: Employer’s Representative; Design / Construction Lead; Project Delivery Manager and Project Information Manager.

Join us for the next article when we will be looking at the roles within a BIM task team.