Join Brian Myers for an in-depth discussion in this video Where do BIM managers come from?, part of BIM Management: Careers.
- [Instructor] When it comes to education, one of the things that we need to consider is, where do BIM managers come from? Do they have a degree in BIM management? Do they have a degree in some other field? Well, the reality is that they come from virtually all fields, from architects to engineers to interior designers to civil engineers, and a wide variety of other construction-related fields. But they also come from the IT world.
Some have even come up from their own drafting classes in high schools to eventually go up through the ranks to eventually become a BIM manager within their own firm. So the education really varies, but one of the things that's really specific to BIM managers is that they have to think about a lot of different things. In some cases it may be the scope of the project, and other times it may be how much it's going to cost to achieve certain tasks. In some cases it'll be the projects themselves and what's the best way to go through the design process.
Two little things that show up in the image that's on the screen right now that catch my eye, which wouldn't catch your typical person's eye, is the fact that I'm seeing a rocket launching up near the top of the screen, and that's actually a type of project that I've worked on. I've worked on two different mission control centers as BIM management during the course of my career. Another item that I see here is a shopping cart going down an aisle, and that's over toward the left of this person's head. Well, I've worked on different kinds of buildings that were retail and had shopping carts going through the complex.
So, not only do you have to think in terms of ultimate project success, costs, you also need to think along the terms of functionality, what your project teams may need. What kind of background does it take in order to encompass all of those different needs? Well, the truth is is that BIM managers come from a variety of different fields, and depending on the kind of projects that they deal with, the companies that they were work, all those past experiences can then come into play during that BIM management process.
So, there's not one specific way in terms of education to become a BIM manager. There's actually a variety of different ways, and it's leveraging all of those experiences that you've had in the past, along with the education that you do get, to achieve those different BIM management roles.
- Where do BIM managers come from?
- Certificate programs and industry degrees
- Coming from a nontraditional educational background
- Establishing a career plan
- Organizational roles, including CAD, BIM, and VDC manager positions
- Understanding where you fit in an organization
- Leveraging resources and support systems
- Resume tips
- Cultivating your online presence