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RICS Certification

Building Information Modelling Manager


Applicant guide

rics.org

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Introduction

Introduction
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process involving the generation
and management of digital representations of physical and functional
characteristics of a building. The resulting building information models
become shared knowledge resources to support decision-making about a
facility from earliest conceptual stages, through design and construction,
throughout its operational life and eventual demolition.

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager Certification recognises


individuals who specialise in using the methodology to manage projects.
Working to appropriate standards and processes, the certified BIM Manager
will offer efficiencies in information handling and exchange in a collaborative,
compliant manner.

To achieve certification you need to provide the written material mentioned


in this document, which RICS will assess. Certification is only awarded to
individuals who are prepared to maintain the exemplary standards
expected of RICS members.

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Eligibility

Eligibility
The BIM Manager Certification is available to both RICS members and non-
RICS members alike. All applicants must have a working understanding of
BIM in order to fulfil their current or most recent role.

To apply, you must have:

• five years of experience in a relevant sector, such as architecture,


engineering or construction
• MRICS, AssocRICS, any degree or a recognised professional qualification
(visit www.rics.org/professionalbodies)
• 12 months of practical BIM experience either in cost estimating
or construction.

If you are an RICS member, your application will not be considered:

• if RICS is currently investigating complaints about your conduct


• if there are disciplinary or conduct issues on your RICS record.

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Fees

Fees
There is an initial assessment fee as well as an annual subscription fee.
The annual subscription covers the monitoring of CPD records, recertification
and continuous promotion of the certification including the register of RICS
Certified BIM Managers.

RICS members Non-RICS members

Initial assessment fee £200 + VAT £300 + VAT

Annual subscription £100 + VAT £175 + VAT

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Application

Application
You will need to provide us with the following documentation
for assessment using the template provided:

• a detailed CV drawing on experience and knowledge. This will include


career history, supporting statements (500 words each) against each
of your four competencies, detailing your knowledge and experience,
with examples, and a record of your continuing professional development
directly related to BIM. Visit rics.org/cpd for information on continuing
professional development
• a 2 000 word case study, with appendices where appropriate, which
must cover your four competencies. You must demonstrate your
personal involvement, knowledge, understanding and capability,
and include a critical reflection (consideration of what went well
and what you would do differently)
• a signed declaration agreeing to the terms and conditions of certification.

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Certification

Certification
Once certified, you will be required to:

• pay the annual subscription fee


• undertake a minimum of five hours of CPD on BIM-related
topics annually
• undertake recertification every three years.

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Process

Process
Application form includes:
• career history
• 4 x competency statements (500 words each) Outcome:
Application • CPD summaries (50 words each) Advised of eligibility within 20 working
• one case study (2 000 words) days after published application deadline.
• signed declaration
• assessment fee.

Written assessment completed by trained Outcome:


Assessment members. Advised of result within 20 working days.

Outcome:
Certification Payment of registration fee. Listed on the register of RICS Certified
BIM Managers.

Annual obligations:
• payment of annual subscription
• undertake relevant CPD.

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Competencies

BIM technical competencies


The competencies define the skills required to achieve certification.
The nature of the BIM environment dictates that the skills required
of a BIM manager are mutually interactive. However, for the purpose
of application and assessment they have been categorised in the
following pages.

You are required to fully demonstrate four competencies set out below.
Assessors will also expect you to demonstrate the mutual interaction of all five
competency headings within your competency statements and/or case study.

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Competencies

You must demonstrate the following three core competencies.

1. BIM Initiation

Learning outcomes Examples of knowledge/activities comprised within this statement

1.1 T o understand the concept of BIM, within the context of process and activity • Understanding of the BIM maturity model and government targets
aided by technology and ‘big data’ and how this relates to the real estate and
• To understand the benefits and usage of BIM
construction industries.
• Be involved in the development of a BIM strategy.

1.2 T o assess BIM readiness by reference to BIM maturity models. • Understanding of the standards and working practices which apply
to each level of maturity in your local market
• Understanding how the standards affect the different level of maturity
• Interpret supply chain capability and initiate any corrective action.

1.3 T o understand the business case for BIM, taking into account costs and • Understand how BIM outcomes relate to client needs
benefits, examining the major cost drivers, functionality and characteristics
• Greater level of planning and conscious design development
of a good BIM model.
• Opportunity for effective collaboration between different designers,
suppliers, contractors and managers
• Wealth of data generated enables greater degree of analysis
• Possibility of reuse of design elements/components reducing redesign costs
• Potential use at facilities management stages
• Analysis of lifecycle cost and maintenance requirements.

1.4 To be able to demonstrate the creation of a convincing BIM vision. • Have an understanding through example case studies of the costs
and benefits
• To have reviewed and evaluated the appropriateness of BIM for a project.

1.5 T o understand the process, content and production or evaluation of a BIM • Demonstrate an understanding of the content of an execution plan both from
execution plan. client- and supply-side perspectives
• Preparation of a BIM execution plan for client or senior management approval.

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Competencies

2. BIM Process

Learning outcomes Examples of knowledge/activities comprised within this statement

2.1 T o understand the processes and standards that are applicable to  pplication of PAS 1192, Parts 2 and 3, BIM Protocol, New Rules of Measurement,
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the management of information about an asset throughout its lifespan. the Digital Plan of Work, the Employer’s Information Requirements and Uniclass.

2.2 T o understand the need to engage with the right people at each stage Understand and review the typical roles and responsibilities of project team members
of the project lifecycle for the implementation of BIM. and the optimum project structures.

2.3 T o understand the need for the right timing of information at each Understand and review the typical information exchange requirements of project team
stage of the project lifecycle for the implementation of BIM. and asset managers.

2.4 T o understand the need for the right information at each stage of the Understand the information required for client decision-making and how this relates
project lifecycle for the implementation of BIM. to BIM models.

2.5 T o understand how standard construction classifications can aid BIM Uniclass and New Rules of Measurement.
effectiveness and a review of common global systems in use.

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Competencies

3. BIM Collaboration and integration

Learning outcomes Examples of knowledge/activities comprised within this statement

3.1 T o understand the key interaction of process, technology and people Demonstrate knowledge of how each aspect of a BIM environment works together.
in a BIM environment.

3.2 T o understand the benefits of greater collaboration and integration Provide working examples of how BIM has encouraged greater collaboration in a project.
in construction team-working and how BIM can bring this about.

3.3 T o examine the tools and techniques that support enhanced Understand the mechanisms used to support integration of a project using BIM.
collaboration among the project stakeholders.

3.4 To
 be aware of the key roles of the construction clients and what The Informed Infrastructure Client guidance note.
makes an ‘informed client’.

3.5 To understand the potential future vision for BIM in an integrated setting. The use of Big Data.

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Competencies

You must demonstrate one of the following optional competencies.

4. BIM Technology

Learning outcomes Examples of knowledge/activities comprised within this statement

4.1 T o understand the technology and the common data environment The use of different BIM-related software solutions.
that supports BIM.
The interaction and interface between different software solutions and associated
data formats.
Knowledge of different software modules to be used for various stages of the
project lifecycle.

4.2 T o examine the application of the technology in one or more of the following: The application of the chosen technology to derive a client benefit.
geo-spatial, design, cost, time and facilities management environments.

4.3 T o review the principal, proprietary global solutions, comparing and contrasting To demonstrate an appreciation of alternative technological solutions.
with the system habitually used.

4.4 T o understand the levels of detail that BIM models can contain and how From a knowledge of the evolving design and construction process, assessing
this relates to the stages of design, construction and maintenance. and evaluating appropriate software solutions for the relevant stage of the project.

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Competencies

5. BIM Commercial and contract

Learning outcomes Examples of knowledge/activities comprised within this statement

5.1 T o understand how BIM requirements can be implemented within the project To be able to review relevant conditions of contract.
legal, procurement and tendering framework and to review global examples
of this in practice.

5.2 T o understand the key legal implications of BIM in terms of intellectual property, Provide examples of issues of data ownership, copyright and intellectual property.
insurances and potential liabilities.
Show knowledge of design responsibility: who is responsible for each component
of design and who carries overall responsibility?

5.3 T o evaluate how contract requirements and commercial data can be incorporated Government soft landings.
into BIM models, and the inputs and outputs to be expected at each stage of the
project lifecycle.

5.4 T o understand the obligations of all members of the project with respect to their Defining the metrics for the inputs and outputs within the Digital Plan of Work in respect
inputs and outputs (deliverables) at the various data drops, and how payment of payment for inputs and outputs.
provisions within the contract relate to these inputs and outputs.
Establishing a means of verifying inputs and outputs in respect of payment for inputs and
outputs.
To be aware of the relationship between payment and the project team’s inputs and
outputs at the various project stages and data drops.

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