As BIM gains popularity in the UK construction industry, many of you will be thinking about training, and getting up to speed with the BIM process.
As a UK-based BIM training expert myself, I’ve put together a couple of points that I think will help you to identify your BIM training requirements, and how to get the most out of your BIM training courses.
1. Get Senior Management on-board early
First, and arguably most importantly, is the understanding that a move to BIM is not going to be a simple matter of upgrading your CAD packages. Make sure that your key decision makers understand the BIM raison d’etre. My earlier article: “What is BIM? An Introduction to Building Information Modelling” can help with this. In particular point 3 – Why does BIM exist? Once you have the right level of understanding and buy-in from decision makers, you’re in the ideal position to take your BIM training and development forward.
2. Research the courses on offer
Next is to make sure you do your research. Select a BIM training provider that knows who you are and what your role is. An architect’s requirements from BIM training will be vastly different to those of a project manager and/or a CAD draughtsman. Research your training course, or better still opt for a tailored session from a BIM consultant, rather than an industry-wide conference or workshop.
3. Nominate a BIM Champion
Before you embark on BIM training you should nominate a BIM champion within your team. This person should be the initial recipient of training. They should understand your business and its processes. It is this person who will be instrumental in implementing BIM in the long-term.
4. Be patient!
Finally, understand that a transition to BIM takes time. This is not an overnight shift in the way your business operates. Instead start to initiate BIM on a project-by-project basis, the AUGI recommends that “As new projects enter the office, BIM teams are applied to those projects. As for existing CAD projects that are past 30% DD, it is recommended they remain in 2D CAD.” You can find the original AUGI article here
Don’t let the apparent complexities of BIM put you off your BIM training plans. In my opinion the benefits of BIM outweigh the initial time investment that is required. With the right level of support, and a competent teacher to guide you through the process, your transition to BIM should be an enjoyable one.
Colin Williams is Director of UK-based BIM specialist company, Cadnet Ltd, and is involved in establishing BIM technology with property owners in the retail, healthcare and education sectors, construction companies and specialist sub-contractors. If you are interested in finding out more about Colin, have a look at his LinkedIn profile.
You can find out more about Cadnet’s UK BIM training courses here: BIM elearning