VA BIM GUIDE v1.0 APRIL 2010

4. BIM Roles and Responsibilities

4.1 Design Team BIM Manager

As part of the execution of the Design BIM Management Plan, the Design Team shall assign an individual to the role of Design Team BIM Manager. The individual shall have sufficient BIM experience for the size and complexity of the project and shall have relevant proficiency in the proposed BIM authoring and coordination software. The individual shall serve as the main point of contact with VA and the Design Team for BIM related issues. In general, responsibilities should include the following:

  1. Ensures development and compliance with the approved Design BIM Management Plan
  2. Responsible for the development, coordination, publication, and verification that all necessary configurations required for seamless integration of design and construction model information have been implemented
  3. Coordinates software training and team file management
  4. Coordinates the set up of shared file server with Design Team IT staff. This shall include interfacing with Design Team IT staff to set up web portal, permissions, etc.
  5. Assembles composite design model for coordination meetings
  6. Facilitates use of composite design models in design coordination/clash detection meetings and provides detection reports by the identification and resolution of all hard and soft collisions
  7. Ensures that BIMs are used appropriately to test design requirements/criteria for functionality
  8. Assumes responsibility for the proper classification of all spaces and equipment in the model to ensure direction comparison with the PFD and downstream use for facility management
  9. Interfaces with Design Team BIM and IT Managers to ensure software is installed and operating properly
  10. Facilitates BIM technical meetings with lead BIM Technicians
  11. Determines the project BIM geo-reference point(s), and assures ALL technical discipline models are properly referenced
  12. Interfaces with VA's Office of Construction & Facilities Management for data and file exchange as needed
  13. Assures that the design deliverables specified in the contract are provided in accordance with the formats specified
  14. Coordinates BIM file exchange and archiving of milestone submittals
  15. Assures COBIE-1- information is provided at milestone submittals and for the contractor
  16. Assures proper BIM derived 2D information for paper printing as required and conforms to the National CAD standards
  17. Coordinates with the builder to assure the creation of proper BIM final deliverables

4.2 Technical Discipline (Design) or Trade (Construction) Lead BIM Coordinators

All major design technical disciplines/trades (architecture, structural, MEP, interior design, etc.) shall assign an individual to the role of lead BIM Technician to coordinate their work with the entire Design/Construction Team. These individuals shall have the relevant BIM experience required by the complexity of the project and should have, as a minimum, the following responsibilities for their discipline:

  1. Coordinate technical discipline BIM development, standards, data requirements, etc. as required with the Design Team BIM Manager
  2. Lead the technical discipline team BIM in its documentation and analysis efforts
  3. Coordinate clash detection and resolution activities
  4. Coordinate internal and external BIM training as required
  5. Coordinate trade items into the Design BIM (depending on acquisition plan)

4.3 Construction BIM Manager

The BMP for Construction shall identify the individual assigned to be the Construction BIM Manager. This individual shall have the appropriate level of relevant BIM experience required for the project complexity and acquisition delivery strategy. In general, responsibilities should include the following:

  1. Overall responsibility for the Construction BIM model creation and information developed during construction
  2. Coordinates software training and establishes protocol software for Construction Team for efficient delivery of project
  3. Acts as the main point of contact for BIM and related issues between the Construction Team, subcontractors, the VA, the Design Team, and others as required
  4. Provides specifications for General Contractor's BIM Coordination Room to VA for approval. Ensures that the Construction Team has necessary hardware and BIM Software properly installed and accessible for project use
  5. Coordinates construction sequencing and scheduling activities, and assures they are integrated with the Construction BIM
  6. Facilitates use of composite trade models in construction coordination/clash detection meetings and provides detection reports by the identification and resolution of all hard and soft collisions
  7. Communicates with the Design Team, coordinates the data extraction sets required by the construction trades and ensures that these requests are met
  8. Coordinates with the Design Team to facilitate design changes in the field have been documented and are updated in the BIM in a timely manner
  9. Prior to approval and installation, works with Lead Fabrication Modelers to integrate 3D fabrication models with the updated design model to ensure compliance with design intent
  10. Coordinates update of as-constructed conditions in the Final Model deliverable
  11. Coordinates with Design Team and Commissioning Agent to assure COBIE information is complete.
Define Role Determine Responsibility in BIM Management Plan (BMP) Development BIM Resonsibility
VA Project Manager Manages and coordinates project execution and BIM to meet acquisition strategy and cost containment Oversight
Design Team Project Manager Team manager and coordinator, BMP Coordination & Review
BIM Manager Coordinate BIM use on project, determine schedule of use, sharing activities, quality control, modeling responsibilities and document in BMP Oversight, Management Execution, and Model Exchange
Architecture Design Execution –Formulate with BIM Mgr. Map BIM use for architectural design Modeler and Review
Structural Engineering - Formulate with BIM Mgr. Map BIM use for structural design – Determine BIM use for structural simulations, analysis, and documentation. Identify tools Modeler & Review, and Model Exchange
MEP Engineering - Formulate with BIM Mgr. Map BIM use for MEP design – Determine BIM use for simulations, analysis, and documentation. Identify tools Data Development Modeler, and Model Exchange
Interior Design Interior Design Execution –Formulate with BIM Mgr. and architect - Map BIM use for architectural design Data Development Modeler and Model Exchange
Sustainability and Energy Engineering - Formulate with BIM Mgr. Map BIM use for Sustainability, 3rd Party Rating Systems. – Determine BIM use for simulations, analysis, and documentation. Identify tools Data Development Review & User
Medical Center Users Determine facility functionally issues to be modeled and tested Development of critical medical issues, review and input of testing
Commissioning Support. Provides architectural, engineering, equipment compliance reports produced in COBIE format Data Development Review & User
BIM modeling expertise by Software Application Supports BIM manager on application specific content, issues Modeler and Data Integrator
Project Estimator Supports alignment of project acquisition to BIM development & cost containment strategies Oversight
Contractor Receives or helps create BIM for Constructability and handover for Field Use. Determine Interference checking responsibility Model User and Review, and Model Exchange
Sub-Contractor and/or Fabricator (as appropriate) Off-Site Fabrication - Formulate with BIM Mgr. and designer. Map BIM use for fabrication and shop drawing design. Determine BIM use for simulations of maintenance space analysis, and documentation. Identify tools Model User, Modeler, Integrator

-1-Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBIE) is a system for construction submittals at building turnover for operations. http://www.wbdg.org/resources/COBIE.htm

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VA’s Building Information Lifecycle Vision | implementation | BIM Management Plan (BMP) | Roles and Responsibilities | Model Sharing | Collaboration Procedures