BIM changes redefine role of project manager

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The interview with the governments former chief construction advisor Paul Morrell in the March 2014 edition of Project magazine confirmed my belief that Building Information Modelling (BIM) will redefine the way project managers go about their business in future.

In it he spells out in no uncertain terms that: Project managers absolutely need to understand what is going on. However, in my view up until now project managers have received insufficient attention in comparison to discussions about the role of architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, constructors and most recently facility managers.

Paul was the driving force behind the introduction of BIM in the UK through the Construction Strategy which made BIM mandatory on all centrally procured government projects by 2016.

BIM introduces a new process, which is defined in the document PAS1192-2 published in 2013 which covers the use of BIM for the CAPEX phase of the asset lifecycle. PAS1192-3 is currently being drafted and will describe the use of BIM to maintain and operate an asset post handover (OPEX). As 2016 approaches project managers will need to be aware of these documents and how the processes and documents described interface with and change the prohect manager role. Project managers will also need to be aware of changes in the way those in other key project roles resulting from the adoption of BIM.

The use of BIM will mean terms such as Employers Information Requirements and BIM Execution Plan will become familiar to project managers, if they are not already. These documents will be core elements of the protocols through which construction projects are managed. BIM is not just about information and process, a change in culture with greater adoption of collaborative working is also called for. Project managers can play a key role in creating the collaborative project environment in which BIM can be utilised.

To examine the impact of BIM, the Knowledge SIG is organising an event on 27 March, hosted by the University of Salford. Speakers include APMs Prof. Charles Egbu.

Find out more details and book your place

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Posted by Adrian Malone on 18th Mar 2014

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Reporting to the Group Chief Digital Officer (CDO), responsible for the creation and implementation of the global knowledge and collaboration strategy for Atkins. I am product owner for digital collaboration tools, driving a cloud-first strategy through the implementation of virtual collaboration and enterprise social. My role is business and people focused, utilising agile project management methods and adaptive leadership to frame the organisational challenges and unlock collaboration. Digital networks have progressed from being an enabler - to becoming an organising principle of collaboration. Communities are a core focus for me: connecting people across our global business and beyond the organisation. Communities in turn support the development and progression of professional and technical practice, thought leadership and innovation. I am excited by the opportunity which is being created by digital, by ‘the second machine age’, and the potential for these developments to free people and resources to drive business and customer benefits, and to transform the built environment and our impact on the natural environment. I am a co-founder and committee member of the APM Knowledge SIG

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