Project manager, the key professional profile in a BIM recruitment process

In a BIM world, the profile of the project manager becomes more and more important. And it is that, the BIM collaborative work methodology for the design and management of construction and civil engineering projects, offers an opportunity to optimize collaboration, communication and coordination in any project. Therefore, the project manager is the main figure who can facilitate the use of a shared information and data environment to achieve maximum efficiency.

Project manager and recruitment process with BIM

The promoters are the first actor involved in the life cycle of a construction. Their tasks range from project planning, finding and acquiring land to carrying out the work, with the hiring process being one of their key points. These contractual processes by a promoter are very similar both for service contracts (drafting and project management) and for works contracts (execution).

In fact, UNE-EN-ISO 19650-2 establishes guidelines for the management of information in a hiring process affected by the BIM methodology. A methodology which touches all the actors involved and which applies throughout the life cycle of a construction. However, what role does the project manager play?

As Espacio BIM experts explain, project managers are the person designated by the client to lead the BIM project team, manage the BIM project and achieve goals so that the client’s expectations are met. It is part of the Project Management Team, EGP (Project Management Team, PMT) and operates at a strategic, tactical and operational level.

Its main functions and responsibilities include:

Define the EIRs that govern the contract (Information Exchange Requirements), including the BIM objectives and the Client’s practices. Develop BIM protocols. Develop the project plan (not the BEP which is a subsidiary plan and to be developed by the BIM Manager). Define the scope of the project. Develop the project charter. Select, conform and lead the project. Identify and evaluate the agents involved in the project. Generate the project management plan including: scope, budget and schedule. Manage and control risks. Manage changes in the project. Manage quality. Maintain the project in terms of cost and duration. Monitor and report on the progress and status of the project.

The ultimate success of a project also depends on the effectiveness of the project manager. Therefore, being able to ensure that these professionals embrace BIM and develop a key role in implementing BIM in projects is essential to promote its effective and successful use.

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