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Competencies Expected from an Information Manager Working in BIM Based Projects

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Ariyachandra, MRMF 
Jayasena, HS 

Abstract

An Information Manager (IM) has an exclusive and unique role to play in a project. Yet, the competencies expected of an IM have not been adequately defined. The other professionals in the construction industry define this role in their own way ignoring the industry needs. Thus, this study aimed to define the competencies expected of an IM. To achieve this, the tasks expected of an IM were first determined through a desk study using BIM guidelines. Secondly, an informal public opinion study was carried out using online data sources. The collected data were then analyzed using NVIVO software to outline the competencies required of an IM for each task. Finally, an expert interview survey was carried out to validate the outcomes of the study. The findings revealed that an IM must be a construction professional well-versed in construction technology and contract administration and that the IM must be competent in using Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows/software. The study contributes to knowledge by identifying the gap that currently exists between industry needs and the performance of professionals working as IMs, which would be invaluable when designing a curriculum for a course on information management within a BIM environment.

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Keywords

33 Built Environment and Design, 40 Engineering, 4005 Civil Engineering, 3301 Architecture, 3302 Building

Journal Title

International Journal of Construction Education and Research

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Journal ISSN

1557-8771
1550-3984

Volume Title

18

Publisher

Informa UK Limited