The design team typically generate BIM models and data sets, but it is the site workers who need to understand, interpret and manage the production and flow of information during the build. Awareness of the responsibilities and processes in BIM projects is therefore a key part of the skill set for managers and operatives.
While BIM may usher in some new roles, in many cases existing occupations will take up responsibility for various parts of the process.
On a typical BIM project site workers, and specifically site managers, will have a number of responsibilities, including:
- Reading BIM models to get information on plans and products, problem-solve and avoid errors
- Adding information about build stages, products and commissioning to the common data environment
- Using BIM models to schedule tasks and manage workflows
- Ensuring others under your responsibility are collecting and delivering information
- Recording quality assurance sign offs and health and safety processes.
All these tasks add new ways of working and responsibilities. It’s important for site workers to know why information is asked for, created and supplied, and where it all fits into a BIM process.
The right training is therefore really valuable.