Olivier joined GA Smart Building as a BIM Manager and developed into the position of BIM Engineering Manager.
As BIM Manager at GA Smart Building, it is Olivier’s job to ensure that the data integrated in the digital model is coherent, as well as the concept of the project up to the reception and delivery of the Dossier of work executed.
Olivier defines the rules for BIM modelling, as the first step in the process, before adapting the specifications of the call for tender in a BIM charter that is dedicated to the project.
Once the project has been launched, he manages a team and relies on the complementary profiles of the BIM coordinator and BIM software experts.
He becomes the chosen intermediary for the team and works in collaboration with the business engineer.
He produces virtual tools to facilitate decision-making processes.
He ensures that each of the stakeholders, service providers, partners, design offices and architects anticipate the roll-out of the project so that the modelling can be carried out simultaneously. He is heavily involved, and can follow up to 15 projects at the same time.
He deals with technological monitoring and tests new tools.
What skills are required from Olivier, BIM Manager?
Liking assembling and organising teamwork, being open-minded and very much able to see the bigger picture.
A specific understanding of the various building trades is not required, but it is good to have a general picture of the construction sector.
A day in the life of Olivier, BIM Manager
After completing my French Baccalauréat S, I attended INSA to study civil engineering. I then became a works engineer for public sector construction companies, which led me to experience several different trades. I was also able to gain a global vision of projects in the construction sector. Remaining as close to the sites as possible has made my approach more pragmatic. For that matter, these are the qualities sought after in a BIM Manager: a good knowledge of real project constraints, as well as of the various participants. At GA, I appreciate the how involved I can be, as well as the collaborative contact that we can have with all the specialists that make up such a company, and I am highly impressed by the Group’s capacity to propel itself into the future. Innovation really is part of the Group’s DNA.
Start of the Day
Arriving at the office in an open space located at the heart of the R&D department. Coffee with colleagues from other departments, discussions about the latest innovations near the 3D printer and not far from the hardware workshop.
Meeting with a group of very different contributors – engineers, sales representatives, public contracting authorities and architects.
Defining a BIM call for tender, progress update for an on-going project, verifying the model in terms of the property project.
Drafting the report defining the scope of the digital model. Collecting information from the project owner, architects or design office in order to define a budget, or a BIM convention, and to determine the tender planning by the BIM Management team.
Identifying the resources necessary for carrying out the BIM project successfully: consulting with specialised partner companies to carry out the project successfully, or drafting a call for tender for an internal BIM development.
Participating in an external creation and co-working workshop organised by the R&D department.
The aim is to give free rein to the imagination, to change, to bring innovation and to break habits to generate new ideas.
End of the day
Returning to the office. Analysing the new 3D models that we have just received on our collaborative platform.
Aim: to verify that they correspond well to the call for tender.
Call or quick meeting with a digital modelling partner to evaluate their work or resolve a technical problem with their BIM software.
Throughout the day, email exchanges, meetings, managing, planning. Viewing the progress of projects, constant contact with engineers, sales representatives and GA programme directors.
Discussing and sorting new advances in digital modelling and new tools that proliferate on the market in order to keep up to date with the possibilities created by the galaxy of BIM tools and their potential implementations in our processes.