Digital Node helps BSI make excellence a habit
International agency Digital Node, based in London & Australia, has tracked the evolution of BIM since the beginning of the UK Government’s structured journey to adopt BIM’s obvious strategic benefits.
With BIM Levels 0 and 1 consigned to history, centrally procured public projects in the UK have had a minimum requirement for UK BIM Level 2 since April 2016. UK BIM Level 2 involves developing building information in a collaborative 3D environment, albeit still created in separate discipline models. This requirement has gone hand in hand with incredible advances in technology. It is the reason why the UK’s BIM stage of development is recognised as the most advanced in the world.
Having gained experience at the coalface of commercial practice during this period of evolution, the Digital Node team’s experience is broad and far-reaching. As BIM consultants, trainers and facilitators, they are regarded as experts at the cutting edge of current practice. Not only have they had to grapple with all the technology, protocols, and toolkits that underpin BIM’s implementation, they are also very familiar with the governing standards, particularly PAS 1192-2 and PAS 1192-3.
These standards are published by BSI, the UK’s highly respected national standards body. A global leader in helping organizations all over the world to, as they put it, ‘make excellence a habit’, BSI also offers training on how to get the most from their standards.
It was no surprise, therefore, that when they sought a training partner to develop a set of courses on the implementation of BIM Level 2 in line with the UK Government’s strategy, they chose Digital Node.
Appointed formally in October 2015, they curated four courses in total. Aimed at BSI’s UK Training Division and developed to encourage industry uptake of BIM Level 2, the courses dovetail neatly with the UK’s BIM Task Group Learning Outcomes framework.
Starting with the fundamentals of introducing Level 2 concepts to the workplace, the courses go on to cover how implementing BIM Level 2 might benefit your organisation, the collaborative processes and procedures at its heart, and, finally, the information management demands.
Needless to say, the courses are centred on best practice as set out in the various BSI-published standards, not least PAS 1192. “It’s not just about dry book learning,” Digital Node’s Director Rebecca De Cicco explains. “It was absolutely vital to us to put our real-world experience and training expertise together in a way that not only met delegates’ expectations but reflected immaculately on the good reputation of our client. An effective training course has to be about more than conveying theory – it has to engage the imagination.”
Digital Node’s association with BSI has continued to this day. Not only do they contribute to its consultant programme by supporting BSI clients in their understanding and implementation of BIM, they also deliver bespoke training on their behalf to the AEC markets in China and other regions.
Wherever in the world Digital Node provides consultancy, whether it’s for global industry bodies like BSI, governments, or commercial businesses struggling to reconcile investment with a strong business case, they always balance client need with good educational outcomes. Most importantly, they practice what they preach, learning from every job and enthusiastically applying the lessons for the benefit of existing and new clients.