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BIM training as 2016 zero-carbon deadline approaches

19 July 2015

Building Information Modelling (BIM) training providers can expect to see a flurry of activity in the wake of the UK Government announcement that by 2016 when the next upgrade of environmental building regulations are due, government construction projects of all sizes must be undertaken using BIM software.

BIM models are developed to refine all aspects of the building design process, concerned not only with the initial design but also with the physical and functional details of its components, overall construction and ongoing maintenance requirements.

The transition from Computer Aided Development (CAD) to BIM is chnaging the entire design process. The BIM database allows effective sharing of information and offers an integrated platform for project teams to share models and collaborate on ideas.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, says: “This Government’s four year strategy for BIM implementation will change the dynamics and behaviours of the construction supply chain, unlocking new, more efficient and collaborative ways of working.”

The requirement will impact businesses of all sizes, from small independent suppliers to multimillion pound industrial contractors. The benefits could be significant and the government hopes that BIM will eventually emerge as an industry standard.

Any business that does not take BIM on-board runs the risk of losing contracts and falling behind its competitors.

BIM is already being used by firms that have embraced the new technology and the opportunities it holds for the building design industry.

If you want to join them, training for using BIM is available from Academy Class, which offers a range of BIM training courses from multinational American software corporation Autodesk. These include AutoCAD, 3DS Max and Revit, all of which allow for the extraction of different views and angles from building models in order to aid drawing production and other design related uses. Each course runs for five days and includes the accredited Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User exam.

The training offers the option of taking the Autodesk Professional exams for each application at an additional fee. The professional exams can be considered as a career investment that demonstrates industry expertise and provides future career enhancing opportunities.

Mark Young , Director of Academy Class, says: “The ability to accurately visualise a project in this way has been invaluable to designers for several decades now. With the AutoDesk Creative License package you’ll learn exactly why this is and how to use the essential features of AutoCAD, 3DS Max and Revit. Afterwards, you’ll be able to confidently design and create 3D animations using all of these applications.”

The three-day Autodesk Navisworks Yellow Belt 101 training course allows you to create 3D models and unite these with BIM data in order to gain thorough understanding and control over the design process.

To find out more about Academy Class BIM training courses, click here.

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