BIM Curriculum – Levels
Education in BIM is one of the key aspects which will drive the process further into the AEC industry. The students and professionals who are keeping up to date with the latest developments in the curriculum will be the ones who are pushing and advancing the roll of BIM in the construction industry. The process is an on going learning curve. Anyone who tells you they know everything about BIM is clearly mistaken. These educations give the student the insight into the industry to start to develop a stratergy for BIM implementation.
One of the key aspects of BIM is collaboration. It is now essential to work along side contractors, engineers, architects, consultants, site managers etc. This, although creating some initial problems will be a significant improvement to the way that the AEC industry has been working in the past. There are many case studies available which demonstrate what I am saying here. The reduction of mistakes or clashes in the building can be significantly reduced through planning and collaboration. This factor will of course directly effect the profits / loss encountered on a construction project. In the profit driven world we live in, BIM is simply too important to try and ignore.
“Construction companies in the market tend to rely on new hires to acquire appropriate talent rather than re-training in-house personnel. There is a lack of trained and qualified graduates to meet demand (Pavelko & Chasey, 2010). Recognizing this need, the DEWSC has incorporated BIM coursework into the construction management program for undergraduate students.”
Although a temporary solution, hiring contractors is an expensive and short term fix for companies adopting BIM work flows. An underlying education in the process of BIM is essential for companies looking to hire new individuals to form a team of skilled workers. As I previously mentioned, BIM is a relatively new process and is forever developing. To keep up to date with the latest changes in the industry, companies will be forced to educate their employees through courses and attending events related to the subject. In my opinion, a new roll is needed in large construction companies implementing the BIM process. A BIM expert / researcher would be a roll performed by someone who is heavily involved and networked in the industry, working alongside professionals from other companies to expand their knowledge and share productive ideas.
I would recommend reading through the .pdf file to the right, courtesey of BIM Forum, Although a large document, it contains a lot of advice for young professionals and those wishing to become more familiar with the technical aspects of BIM. Although an article discussing the American construction industry it still bears a lot of relevance for the European AEC industry, in terms of education and implementation plans. I will be posting more about Levels of BIM Curriculum in a later blog post. Have a great week all!
You can either click on the link to the right, or click here to use the oringial link. Many thanks to BIM Forum, Ecobuild America and Building smart alliance for compiling this externsive 150 page report on BIM curriculum / implementation.