Fred Mills on Information Managers: “Typical size organisations shouldn’t expand their team with fresh appointments”

Credit: The B1M
Credit: The B1M

Building Information Modelling video resource The B1M often educate the industry with facts and figures in their visuals, whether it be debunking myths or setting the record straight regarding the mountain of acronyms the sector relies on.

Today’s new video is certainly explanatory too, but also sees Co-Founder Fred Mills give his own opinion and advice on a major talking point within our sphere – BIM Managers.

Whether you prefer the aforementioned term or Information Manager, this role is often seen as a reason why utilising BIM can be a huge expense when a company begins their adoption journey. The reality is that you don’t need to hire anyone at all. The role can be filled by a current team member easily.

“They [the Information Manager] set up and manage the Common Data Environment. They also oversee the process of information management and exchange between the different people in the project team. None of the activities that the role entails involve taking on any design responsibility. This is a managerial role to ensure that information exchange and collaborative working are facilitated.

“Typical sizes organisations shouldn’t feel the need to expand their teams now with fresh appointments.”

This opinion is shared by Lend Lease‘s David Shepherd, who recently voiced his views on this very matter.

“The caveat to employing these [training] measures is that they will only forestall the initial cost of BIM adoption,” noted David. “Without adequate compensation, your erstwhile architectural technician may take off and become a dedicated BIM m”anager elsewhere.

Watch The B1M’s latest video on the role of the Information Manager below.

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