Scope of Services for Information Management FAQs
Q: Does an Information Manager need to be appointed on a BIM project?
A: The Information Manager has a key role in setting up and managing the Common Data Environment (CDE). The CDE is a critical tool for effective collaboration, quality control and avoidance of waste. Due to the importance of Information Management to the BIM Strategy the role is mandated in the BIM Protocol. Clear communication of these responsibilities will help to accelerate the development of skills necessary to manage projects using processes set out in PAS 1192:2
Q: Is the Information Manager a stand-alone appointment? What skills are needed in the role?
A: The BIM Task-Group anticipates that the role will be incorporated into existing appointments. The best fit is with either the Design Team Leader or the Project Lead. However, the skill set required is focused on management disciplines – there is no design responsibility. As a result, other disciplines could potentially undertake the role. Only in exceptional circumstances should a stand-alone appointment be considered by the employer.
Q: Is the Information Manager responsible for all information, or just Building Information Models?
A: The Information Manager is responsible for the establishment of the Common Data Environment which is used to exchange all project information, not just Building Information Models.
Q: Is the Information Manager role the same as a BIM Consultant?
A: BIM Consultants typically contribute to Information Management through the establishment of model standards and execution plans. In addition to the information management roles described in the scope of service, BIM Consultants typically undertake coordination and clash detection in connection with models. Coordination and clash detection is part of the design coordination activities undertaken by the design team lead and is excluded from the scope of the role of the Information Manager. A design team lead can however undertake both Information management and design coordination.
Employers are advised to avoid blurring design responsibility through the direct appointment of BIM Consultants to undertake model coordination. Use of sub-consultancy appointments under an existing design consultant appointment will maintain the existing allocation of design responsibility.