Digital Node’s cutting edge sector knowledge supports sales for Redstack
Having learned its BIM craft at the cutting edge of the UK’s construction industry, Digital Node is rightly sought after by suppliers to the AEC market all around the world for its authoritative consultancy services and bespoke training capabilities.
One such company, Redstack, first appointed Digital Node at the start of 2016 and has retained them ever since. As one of Australia’s leading suppliers of construction design hardware and software, they also provide back-end support services to help their customers realise the full potential of their design tech.
At the time, the push to adopt BIM was relatively new but growing quickly in Australia. Redstack needed a way to support their sales growth in the sector fast. In particular, they saw an opportunity to produce and deliver a bespoke BIM training module as part of their overall service.
Digital Node actively formed a relationship with Redstack and was appointed to author the first ever BIM Management course in Australia.
Written and regularly delivered by Digital Node’s inspirational Director Rebecca De Cicco, the project has been a huge success. Rebecca said:
Having worked across the UK for many years with the advanced processes, technologies and incentives this seemed a perfect opportunity to partner with a local training to develop and deliver a global BIM course relevant to the construction industry in Australia.”
The training course is billed as a BIM Management Certificate. The only one of its kind in Australia, it has been endorsed by Australia’s Construction Industry Training Board in South Australia. Although it is tailored to the local context, it is also designed to educate Australia’s architects, engineers, contractors and asset managers on how to implement BIM on live projects anywhere in the world.
Since the drive for BIM is led through public contracts, the syllabus is rooted in PAS 1192-2, the BIM framework adopted by most of Australia’s state government departments. However, it also anticipates the forthcoming international standard ISO 19650.
Run over four days, it is split into three parts, starting with the fundamentals, progressing to advanced concepts, and finishing with a competency assessment. By focusing on both the key technical processes and documentation and the strategic management implications of implementing BIM, participants come away with a clear, unambiguous understanding of the terminology and practical rationale for BIM.
Delivered throughout South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, the course has proved very popular.
For Rebecca, delivering the course has other benefits. It affords Digital Node opportunity to help Redstack informally with their overall BIM sales strategy. It also means that we receive immediate feedback on what works and what does not.
Even as the experts, we are learning continuously. While our students generally enjoy and value our training, experiencing their reaction first-hand allows us to fine-tune its educational impact. More importantly, it gives us insights into the real-world situations that people at the coalface encounter, intelligence that informs all our work.”
Digital Node’s contract with Redstack is ongoing and includes a commitment to update the course annually in line with changes in the protocols, standards and frameworks underpinning both the local and the international roll-out of BIM.
Redstack’s National BIM Director Jack DeCandia has worked closely with De Cicco since day one and is impressed by her wealth of up-to-date technical savvy, international experience, and professional approach:
Feedback from delegates who have attended the course always acknowledge Rebecca’s experience, knowledge and skills on the subject. I look forward to continuing to work closely with her.”