CM – Building Information Modeling is a process, not software


For professionals and future professionals working in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction and management including owners and operators (AECOO), understanding Building Information Modeling and its international standards for sharing project information is essential in order to become Prepare for the future and open doors in your career.

Unlike many other BIM programs that focus on specific digital construction software, this one focuses on the process, says David Thompson, industry consultant for Building Information Modeling -Certificate program. “BIM is not software. It’s a process. We need to train people to manage this process. You can’t just rely on the technology. It’s changing. « 

This program gives participants a holistic look at what BIM is and what it means so they can better understand how it can affect the entire life cycle of a project.

Students or University graduates can benefit from this program, says the senior consultant at global consulting firm Turner and Townsend. “If I were an employer and I was between a great engineer who doesn’t know how to work in a BIM environment and one who does had to choose, I’d lean towards the digital experience. ”

For all industry professionals
It can also benefit many construction professionals who would not normally be in college, Thompson adds. Even those who already use BIM will leave this program with something new. Everyone has their part in BIM, but understanding the common principles helps everyone, from architects to engineers to construction site workers, understand where they belong. They thought it would. ”

The program also eliminates any hesitation from Experts on BIM adoption due to concerns about proprietary information sharing mitigated by a discussion of the legal protection built into the process. There’s so much misinformation out there, says Thompson. The program offers practical information from around the world.

“Moving from traditional peer-based factor asset management to a centrally digitized asset model where all information is at hand is critical. This saves a lot of time. It benefits the operations and helps the design and construction customer make better informed decisions. ”

Thompson is from the UK where BIM is THE way of working and also worked in the Middle East before coming to Canada. He came to Winnipeg from Dubai to set up the BIM department at PCL Constructors. He also co-founded the Winnipeg BIM Community to connect local professionals.

Some professionals have been using BIM for over 20 years, says Thompson, and over the years the principles have stayed, but the technology has advanced a lot.

“In 2016 the British government made BIM Level 2 mandatory for all government projects. Government drive put Britain on the BIM path. This has not happened in Canada yet. Canada is learning from other parts of the world. ”

The use of international standards for BIM is not yet widespread in Canada, but it is growing, says Mark Meagher, program advisor for the Department of Architecture.

International standards
“There are so many benefits to sharing information with anyone who uses these standards. It is already widespread in the United States, Europe, and some parts of Australasia. This is very important for cross-border projects. No matter what software you use, you have to understand what defines a project or building and what standard applications this data has, « says Meagher.

This is where the BIM program comes in. It was developed to meet international standards and to be certified by the international BIM association buildingSMART.

“Other programs have different focuses. This is not a deep dive into the software. It’s the overarching understanding that is much more difficult to acquire on your own, ”says the adjunct professor in the landscape architecture department.

The BIM program is offered online and is available to everyone in Canada. It was developed by very experienced industry experts who have dealt intensively with practical applications in BIM. With its special topics, it is also linked to cutting-edge research in the field of BIM. Students will learn about practical applications and emerging areas in Canada and internationally.

While the need to learn BIM in Canada may currently only be contextual as professionals need it as part of their work, Meagher says, “The increasing adoption will come and that will increase the need. ”

Previously, Meagher worked at the University of Sheffield in England teaching and researching BIM and other architectural applications. “In the UK, BIM is a big thing. It’s still a growing field of knowledge in Canada. ”

Meagher also teaches a graduate level BIM Critical Applications course, but he says in Canada, unlike in England,“ Architecture schools at research-intensive universities tend to not BIM content For this reason, he would also recommend the BIM certificate program to graduates so that they can get deeper content that is not covered in their programs.

Understanding How It Works Understanding BIM is not something you can do with a quick online search, and that’s why this program is important so that professionals and aspiring professionals can learn how to do it in the office as well as in the field, says Jason Shields, program advisor with the Faculty of Architecture. p> “I’ve always been a BIM advocate. If done correctly, it can be an important tool, ”says the junior professor at the Institute for Interior Design.

BIM is an absolute advantage, he says. “The way we do projects is changing. BIM won’t go away. You can’t avoid knowing how to do it. The more you deal with it, the more successful your projects will be. A person shouldn’t be holding the key. Everyone should have a basic understanding. This program will make you very competent and knowledgeable in the BIM specialization. You’ll learn something new both in the workplace and on site. ”

Shields previously worked in an architecture firm in Winnipeg and has experience with BIM both in the workplace and at university. His most recent research examines architectural technologies including virtual and augmented reality as well as archiving processes in contemporary BIM frameworks.

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