Digital Node was commissioned to deliver three days of BIM training in Atlanta Georgia, USA. As we venture into this diverse market place, we were very excited to meet with a group of talented engineers and deliver a new set of training to them.
Digital Node works hard to understand how BIM is implemented across differing regions of the world, and although we travel regularly to the US it is can be difficult to assess the level of knowledge of BIM throughout an entire country. Very similar to Australia, the US is segregated by State and there are certainly pockets of excellence, yet it is virtually impossible to know where these are until you delve deep into its built environment. Which is what we are now doing.
We have discovered that many local governments, private clients and even state initiatives are very limited in their BIM knowledge, and BIM generally only represented 3D modelling to many of the clients we discussed this with.
However, some are ahead of the curve and others are eager to get started. Due to our existing relationship with our Atlanta-based client, we were commissioned to deliver their BIM training and we were very interested to learn more about the work the team had undertaken in this particular region of the States. We learned that our knowledge of this region was very much in line with our knowledge of global BIM mandates, policies and procedures in the US. There are a variety of differing drivers in the US, yet this does vary from state to state and certainly from company to company. There was interest in global BIM Standards, the PAS suite and up and coming ISO, and they did see value in globalising the approach to BIM. The company were quite open to this view and therefore the content delivered did not disappoint.
Discussions varied from BIM terminologies, client understanding and even differences of approach in the organisation. The few days prompted many intelligent BIM discussions and we were interested to learn more about the work they were doing at present. The delegates were from all areas of the business, from Infrastructure to Water to Utilities to Energy – all sectors of the business were open to this change and we delivered our global BIM management curriculum to them with great feedback, excellent debates and discussions, and overall a wonderful few days in sunny Atlanta.
We were lucky to miss the hurricane, but we look forward to returning to the US to deliver more of this type of training in the coming months.
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