For the past few months our training team has been supporting the delivery of BIM training for BSI, where we have enjoyed the hospitality of many countries including Mauritius, China and Malaysia. It’s been a crazy few months but enjoyable too.
Two of our trainers, Steven Eglinton and John Eynon gave us a little insight into what they have been up to and we wanted to share this with you.
Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, best known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs rather than its construction expertise, is most certainly not being left behind in developing its infrastructure and construction methods.
Steven was recently in Port Louis, where he was teaching a week-long BIM training course on behalf of BSI Middle East & Africa in association with the Mauritian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) – a statutory body established under the Mauritian CIDB Act of 2008 whose overriding objective is to promote the development and improvement of the construction industry in Mauritius.
The courses focused on ‘BIM Fundamentals’ then moved to advanced ‘BIM Strategic Implementation’, covering all the BS/PAS 1192 suite, for BIM Level 2.
There was so much interest in this course that BSI had to run it over six days to accommodate the delivery of two courses per subject.
Stephen told us: “The courses went very well indeed, and attendees spanned from Chartered Surveys and Project Management, to Civil Engineers and Clients, ensuring great interactions and conversations about the benefits and challenges of implementing BIM at scale.
“As I tend to work in infrastructure, I was asked about where opportunities may exist and two clear opportunities where BIM can help were 1) the improvement of integrated drainage for the island, where existing waste water asset records are not complete, this seems to be an ongoing challenge. And 2) The new Metro Express already under construction, could benefit if records are handed-over aligned to the needs of BS/PAS 1192 and ISO 19650.
“On the course we discussed similar projects, such as London Underground and Crossrail, and the benefits BIM brings.
“Quite unusually, at least for me, was that nearly all attendees were well versed with Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities concepts and real-world projects, as some are underway in Mauritius. This is clearly a huge driver for getting BIM processes right and aligning these activities. An opportunity not to be missed.”
We experienced great leadership from the CIDB, who were present at the course to provide insight, they are positioned to become the focal point for the Construction Industry in Mauritius, with this is mind they are the natural leader for embedding BIM across Mauritius.
We very much hope to be invited back to continue the training for BSI and CIDB in Mauritius, as there was a real buzz and genuine interest to fully understand the benefits of BIM Level 2 and beyond.
Prior to Mauritius, the team delivered training in Malaysia and China and we asked John to give ussome insight into how these courses were received.
“When I was first asked to deliver this tranche of BSI training, there was a mixture of excitement and anticipation. This part of the world was somewhere I’d always wanted to visit but never had the opportunity.”
The courses were delivered to a large engineering company, committed to creating over 100 BIM enabled professionals in the next few years which is quite a challenge! I worked with two groups of about twenty people each in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.”
“I always find it fascinating delivering courses for BSI asI learn as much as I train, about other people’s experiences and thoughts.There’s always something new. Sometimes learning how to find new ways to explain things.
“I had a great time, worked with great people, fascinated by the cultures and experiences.”
And if this isn’t enough, the team are heading over to France to deliver more BSI training in Paris at the end of this month. Then we might give them a rest!