The BIM Manager
The advent of BIM has changed so far the work processes known in the construction world. As part of this change, a new generation of BIM professional and specialist roles have come up in all aspects of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), from the initial design to the project management through to the construction phase.
Before defining what the BIM Manager is and what are its functions, it seems appropriate to remember what it is meant by BIM.
According to Kimmel (Building Information Modeling: Planning and Managing Construction Projects with 4D CAD and Simulations,2008), Building Information Model is a virtual and interactive representation of a building, potentially containing all the information required to construct the building, using computers and software. The term generally refers to both the model(s) representing the physical characteristics of the project and to all the information contained in and attached to the component of these model. A BIM may include any of or all the 2D, 3D, 4D (time element scheduling), 5D (cost information), or nD (energy, sustainability, facilities management, etc., information) represents of a project.
BIM undoubtedly marks a paradigm shift in which CAD loses its centrality in planning and modeling projects. It is therefore evident that we are not simply talking about technological innovation, but more profound changes in terms of management, level of processes, and also mindset.
What is the BIM Manager?
The BIM Manager is the face of BIM.
This professional figure is responsible for the planning, design, delivery and efficient management of the BIM plan. This is not a managerial role in the traditional sense of the word. Rather it is the one who manages the technology, the processes, and the policies in order to guide and guarantee the collaborative process among the various actors during the whole construction process.
Its fundamental mission is to examine and evaluate the objectives of the BIM process and develop a coherent plan that satisfies customer needs, creating synergies between the team experience and the availability of the resources (Kymmel, 2008).
In the near future, BIM will be the DNA of every construction project. This implies a change in the dynamics known up to now in the construction world. BIM is an integrated practice that offers a solution to minimize problems related to the fragmentation in the construction industry.
elec calc™ BIM
elec calc™ BIM is the software of Trace Software International able to promote the synergies between the BIM Manager and the electrical professionals.
It is the first software in the world that perfectly integrates the electrical calculation in the BIM process. With elec calc™ BIM, the user can design, calculate and size the electrical installation in the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architecture software (Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp …).
For REVIT users, the elec calc™ BIM plug-in optimizes collaboration between the two programs. The compatibility with the electrical objects available on the BIM&CO platform is also an important resource for integrating and calculating the products of the manufacturers.
elec calc™ BIM offers unique routing capabilities. The user calculates the lengths of the cables generated in the digital model and it is also possible to perform different simulations to compare different routing scenarios. The 3D model allows for conflict detection and the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) technology, integrated into the software, allows to manage all communications and alerts with other operators.
elec calc™ BIM is the exclusive electrical design solution for professionals who keep up with the times and want to take full advantage of this breakthrough industry innovation.
“With the arrival of BIM, we have for the first time in almost thirty years, an exceptional opportunity to make a profound change in the way we conceive our electrical design software.” With elec calc ™ BIM, the user has at his disposal a digital model, capable of simulating most of the installation parameters, which saves hundreds of hours of work, provides a more rigorous design, and implies an immense economic advantage “, says Etienne Mullie, Trace Software International R&D Manager.