BIM: Re-defining the role of the project manager

In advance of this month’s BIM event in Salford, organiser and key speaker Adrian Malone shares his thoughts on why Project Managers should get BIM-savvy, quick.

An event organised for the Association of Project Management (APM) on 27th March, by Adrian Malone, Faithful+Gould’s Head of BIM and Knowledge Management, will explore what BIM means for the role of the project manager in construction. Hosted by the University of Salford and with an impressive line-up of speakers, attending the event should be high on the to-do list of project managers working in the built environment.


The event will provide the client-side view of BIM, with speakers from United Utilities, East Riding of Yorkshire, and a presentation by John Lorimer who was instrumental in the use of BIM for the Manchester Town Hall Complex refurbishment project. Adrian Malone will provide an overview of the BIM process and draw on lessons from the UK Government’s first BIM Project, HMYOI Cookham Wood.


Both APM and RICS will be represented with Prof. Charles Egbu, APM Board member and Professor of Project and Strategic Management in Construction at University of Salford; and Matthew Saunders, Director for the Built Environment, Professional Groups & Forums, RICS, both scheduled to present.


The event will be chaired by Dr Steve Simister, Director of the Project and Programme management group at Henley Business School.


Why should BIM matter for Project Managers?

BIM sprang into the construction lexicon shortly after the publication of the UK Government Construction Strategy in September 2011, which famously mandated the use of Level 2 BIM on all centrally-procured government construction projects by 2016.


Initially project managers could be forgiven for mistakenly believing that BIM did not particularly concern them. Much of the talk was about BIM for design, with a great deal of hype around photorealistic computer models of buildings (today known as ‘Hollywood BIM’).


Our understanding of BIM has matured rapidly, with a recognition that BIM applies not just to design, but also to the construction and post-handover stages of the asset lifecycle. As this understanding developed, it became increasingly clear that BIM was about more than 3D design, indeed structured information and process are at the heart of BIM delivery.


Last year a pivotal document was published by BSI. PAS1192-2 sets out the BIM process for the CAPEX stages of the asset lifecycle. PAS1192-3 is currently in production and will complete the lifecycle, outlining the process and information requirements for application of BIM post-handover.


BIM will change the way in which the project manager works. BIM also presents an opportunity for project managers who are supporting clients through the procurement and delivery of construction projects. The BIM process requires clarity of strategic outcomes (captured in the Employers Information Requirements document or EIR); co-ordination of the use of BIM within the project process (captured in a BIM Execution Plan and related documents); most importantly BIM requires the adoption of collaborative and co-ordinated working across the project team. The project manager can and should play a pivotal role in the specification, implementation and application of BIM.


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By Adrian Malone.

Adrian is a Director at Faithful+Gould, Atkins Group, with responsibility for BIM and Knowledge Management and has 17 years experience working in the construction industry.


Adrian is a member of the RICS Technology Steering Group, the RICS Global BIM Working Group, and is a RICS Certified BIM Manager. Adrian leads Faithful+Gould’s internal BIM working group and represents Faithful+Gould on the Atkins Global BIM Corporate Strategy Team.


Adrian is a founding committee member of the APM Knowledge SIG. He speaks regularly at conferences and industry events and writes regular blog columns for and Building Magazine online.