BIM Profiles: Roles & Responsibilities

28Sep16

by Kenton Grant

Over the past 6 months I have taken note of several posts about “BIM” profiles, positions, roles, and responsibilities within an organization. Some of which, in my opinion, were too technical in nature or heavily focused on software tools and features or simply 3D modeling and clash detection. There were others that did begin to embrace and promote collaboration and management through BIM Execution plans, developing standards, project collaboration processes, and facilitating BIM team meetings. The missing link I recognized is the relationship of these responsibilities, leadership traits, and scalability within an organization.

The following BIM Profiles were originally conceived out of response to someone’s post earlier this year. A post I felt was misleading when discussing roles and responsibilities in an organization because it emphasized competences and technical skills, but neglected management and leadership. My final incentive to develop the BIM Profiles was the high praise their chart received and the befuddlement it left me in. I knew then I had to reach out to a few BIM colleagues to discuss this chart, but also understand why so many gave such high praise to a chart we strongly felt was misleading, and to ultimately identify the gaps in BIM education within the industry.

The BIM Profiles shown below describe the roles and responsibilities of positions within Architecture & Engineering organizations at three different organizational sizes, small, medium, and large. The profiles were developed by taking a step back and associating typical responsibilities with typical roles and then grouping where appropriate. The name of the roles will change between organizations but the focus will remain fairly consistent. Furthermore, I wanted the profiles to illustrate the three types of responsibilities within a single role and how those roles evolve as their concentration shifts from a technical and project focus into a leadership and enterprise focus.

Please keep in mind that these responsibilities are basic in nature and non-software specific and that your organization may currently have some responsibilities shifted around. These profiles and responsibilities, I believe, are a good starting point and frame of reference for better understanding roles and relationships within an organization as well as identifying opportunities and gaps within existing roles and BIM utilization within the organization as a whole.

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