Building Information Modeling is a process not a software
For professionals and future professionals working in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Management including Owners and Operators (AECOO), understanding Building Information Modeling and its international standards for exchanging project information is essential to preparing for the future and opening doors in your career.
Unlike many other BIM programs which focus on specific digital construction software, this one focuses on the process, says David Thompson, industry consultant for the Building Information Modeling certificate program. “BIM is not a software. It is a process. We need to upskill humans in the management of this process. They can’t simply rely on technology. It changes.”
With this program, participants get a holistic view of what BIM is and what it means, so they can better understand how it can impact the entire lifecycle of a project.
University students or graduates can benefit from taking this program, says the senior consultant for global consulting company Turner and Townsend. “If I was an employer and I had to choose between a great engineer who does not know how to operate in a BIM environment and one who does, I would lean towards the one with the digital experience.”
For all industry professionals
Many construction professionals who would not normally pursue a university education can also benefit, Thompson adds. Even those who use BIM already will come away from this program with something new. With BIM, everyone has their part but understanding the common principles helps everyone from architects to engineers to site workers understand where they fit in. “It’s about real-life experience, working things out in those awkward situations where something doesn’t work the way you thought it would.”
In the program, any hesitation from professionals about adopting BIM due to worries of sharing proprietary information is also alleviated with a discussion about the legal protections built into the process. There is so much misinformation out there, Thompson says. The program provides practical information from around the world.
“The move from traditional peer-based factor asset management to one centrally digitized asset model where all the information is at your fingertips is critical. So much time is saved in the process. It benefits operations and helps the design and construction client make more informed decisions.”