It’s been a busy couple of months for us at Digital Node – delivering a wide range of training courses in the UK, China and Australia – cementing our global reach and expertise, and not to mention clocking up a substantial number of air miles!
Let’s start with the UK where we’ve been working closely with the CIOB in 2017 to develop and deliver courses in the BIM space. In early November we delivered these two, one-day courses in central London; a BIM Management and a BIM Technician course.
Both courses focused on general BIM fundamentals concepts, as well as the UK methodology surrounding the implementation methods and approach toward the process. The BIM Management course covered key concepts to support an individual working within the context of a BIM Management role.
Key topics that were discussed included general management, procurement and tendering, managing documents such as a BIM Execution plan and a Model Production and Delivery Table and collating data such as Task Information Delivery plans. We also included an explanation of the terminology related to the PAS series of BIM Standards as well as the up and coming ISO 19650 standard.
The BIM Technician course was more heavily focused on the technologies which exist and how they can support the BIM Management role. We covered the BIM Fundamentals, with a focus on technologies and terminologies which support these processes such as BIM Authoring, coordination and using open interchangeable formats such as COBie and IFC.
Both courses were received well and are supplemented by a pilot for a certification scheme being run by the CIOB and developed by Digital Node to qualify those who attended. Digital Node will be working with the CIOB in the UK and in other regions to support these training courses and the certification scheme in 2018. We are already discussing this scheme with CIOB divisions across Asia and Australia.
We also delivered two courses in Crewe through November and December on behalf of BSI. Both courses were the BIM fundamentals and BIM Processes and Procedures developed by Digital Node in 2015. The courses have been updated to reflect the changes and update in the developing BIM space, in particular, the updates to the standards supporting BIM. The two public courses were inclusive of a wide variety of participants across the built environment, and we look forward to working with BSI UK training in the future, to support the business.
To China next, and the training we delivered for BSI China. We were commissioned to deliver the content for a two-day course for the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD); a Hong Kong Government department as well as a number of private companies to support BIM knowledge and a framework of adoption for Hong Kong.
This course introduces the fundamentals of BIM and follows the UK BIM Level 2 processes and principles developed as part of the PAS1192-2 and key recommendations. This was our largest ever course delivered where we had close to 60 delegates in the room. The course allowed us to understand how China and in particular the Hong Kong Government are looking to the UK for guidance regarding a policy-driven approach toward BIM. IT also cemented the UK government’s ambitions of export opportunities across the globe with Britain acting as the global leader of BIM adoption. It was a fantastic few days of BIM discussions and debates and we look forward to supporting BSI China in the delivery of future courses in the 2018 calendar year.
Many international clients are now requesting training within the context of the UK BIM Level 2 framework and its great to be able to help clients understand these principles all over the world.
We are also discussing opportunities with a number of Tier 1 contractors and suppliers regarding delivery of these courses in the 2018 calendar year – more air miles!
And finally to Australia, where we delivered training in conjunction with Redstack; authors of the first Global BIM Management course for the country.
We authored the content developed for the four-day course regarding the key processes and principles required to be able to work in Australia in BIM. The courses were developed as global BIM training courses, acknowledging the differences in terminology and some processes, but in line with the global standard being developed to support the BIM project; ISO 19650.
We delivered an in-house course this month to John Holland Contractors in Brisbane and the Queensland Centre of Performing Arts. This course was one of the first delivered in QLD, and the in-house training included delegates from a variety of different disciplines across the organisation.
Dissecting the current BIM push within John Holland proved successful as were also able to focus on the skills required to move forward in their understanding and knowledge.
Also, we’re very proud that our courses now adhere to the global certification currently being developed by BuildingSmart International.
Finally to the USA and Canada where we work closely with Global E Training to support the development of an online Global BIM Management course focusing on best practice principles and the development of the International standard, ISO 19650. These courses are now being utilised for a variety of clients globally and we were lucky enough to support Global E training at Autodesk University in Las Vegas in November, marketing the content and delivering education on where the courses fit against their other online training solutions. Moving forward we will help to develop content for Global E Training in many technology platforms supporting the BIM process including Autodesk Navisworks, ReCap and Infraworks.
Phew, that’s it for now, we certainly had a busy few months and a fantastic end to the year. Delivering BIM training internationally is not only extremely rewarding but affords us the opportunity to see BIM practices put into place in national, local and global projects.
We can’t wait for 2018!