The SME sector accounts for over 90% of the construction market and it is likely that a high percentage of these companies are not currently working on projects that have an immediate requirement for BIM. Day to day project delivery is the priority and planning for the future may be put on the back burner. This issue is not restricted to the adoption of BIM as the need to plan and prepare for the future is an on-going issue that faces many businesses (especially smaller companies who perhaps do not have the dedicated resource for strategic planning). It does not mean there is low awareness but the transition from awareness to implementation is perhaps slower than expected for a reason, a reason that has been identified in the latest industry report findings.
The distinct lack of BIM training and professional development is a conclusion we can draw from the latest reports and is perhaps the reason why many companies are finding it challenging to increase the awareness and understanding of BIM amongst their staff in an effective manner.
By listening to our customers we have already identified this training and professional development gap and have developed and launched the UK’s first online CPD accredited training programme dedicated to BIM. Launched at the start of 2014 BIM elearning® has already been purchased by individuals, SMEs and a leading construction company and in light of the industry report findings maybe it’s success is not difficult to understand.
BIM elearning® provides an accessible and truly affordable training option pricing ranging from £29 Inc VAT to £49 Inc VAT and comes with full CPD accreditation. It enables individuals and companies to train when they want with self-paced courses (including staged assessments) to aid understanding. The format is perfect for companies and SMEs managing single users or multiple teams, whilst being affordable and flexible for individuals who want to invest in their future BIM development.
Our experience suggests that by providing customers with a training solution that is more focused on delivering what is important to the customer, it is more likely that BIM can be better understood now. Whilst the corporate side of the industry is striving to meet the 2016 deadlines, (BIM elearning® offering a flexible format which can be used by corporate businesses) it is important that the SME sector is supported in the race as we continue to find solutions to reduce the dual speed adoption of BIM.
To talk more about the practical implementation of BIM email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to view our online training courses visit www.bimelearning.co.uk