I am a manager of construction information, tools and people .
I believe that hands-on manipulating of project information by all project participants is the key to achieving any meaningful improvement of the AEC industry operating within the post-gambling-era.
I consider myself to be a model-based construction information practitioner (shortened to a ‘BIM- meddler’) rather than an ‘expert’ or even ‘specialist’.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Have you heard the one about the ‘BIM Analyst’?
Bet you never knew such a role even existed.
I for one did not, until I was cheerfully invited through
an email today to apply for one of ‘them roles’, a ‘senior’ flavoured one even,
from presumable a number of different graded-ones. * (see ad here)
You must not take my level of un-awareness as a measure of
what BIM roles are to be treated as feasible and practical and what ones as merely
Ever since I first got hopelessly entangled in trying to
define the difference between the various terms of ‘BIM managers ‘that manage
data only and ‘BIM managers’ that manage people that manage BIM data, I’ve been
opting for a much simple way of looking at classifying people working within
the BIM field, onto those that know what they are doing and those that do not.
When I first read about this role, I thought it was a merely
a retort of the architects as a group to the IT industry on the whole for them
steeling the precious term ‘architect’.
Then, I thought, it made sense. Good BIM practitioners do
analyse data, some even specialise in the analyses of the data embodied within
highly intelligent digital representations of buildings.
Finally, after many re-reads, I settled to treat the
job-ad as a good-old HR creative writing.
The decider was the list of ‘requirements’ this SENIOR
BIM analyst was supposed to bring to the table:
1/ the person had to have a degree in BA Architecture,
Civil Engineering or equivalent – fair enough, a good startnot much to complain
2/ s/he needed to prove to have had a minimum of 3 year’s
practical experience working in a BIM role across multiple sectors – starting to
get suspicious; 3 years post grad, for a senior role, in BIM? Enough to get to
understand how the industry operates AND learn BIM?
3/ s/he must be experienced in using ArchiCAD, Bentley,
Microstation, Revit, Tekla and Solibri on live projects
A minimum 1-2 years experience in all of the above
... a place to stop and take a deep
From the medley above, I could distil at least 4 products
that would each require a number of years of serious practice for anyone to say
they were competent in it...
but... it goes on, with quantities and audits and IFC and COBie...
You can say I’m being overly pedantic, am splitting
hairs, slowing progress of BIM uptake or whatever...
After all, the ad says ‘minimum’.
And this is the
critical one: ‘minimum’ IS set too low – there is just too much needed to be
learned to be a good BIM-mer to be able
to achieve this, 3 years out of school.
Surely, it can’t be in the industry’s interest to play at
such low and terribly incompetent levels as this job-ad indicated.
BIM is a field that require maturity and experience from