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BIM Masterclass In Maidenhead

26 February 2014

As the Government looks to ensure that Building Information Modelling (BIM) is used on all centrally procured projects by 2016, the need to train future engineers in BIM to an accepted industry level cannot be overestimated.

BIM and 3D modelling are now a vital part of the design, engineering, construction, maintenance and operation processes, both in the planning and execution of projects, but becoming technically proficient on BIM in the classroom can be quite different to what is expected on a live project. 

That is why Costain is hosting a BIM Masterclass at its head office in Maidenhead on Thursday 27th February. The all-day event is being organised in conjunction with NEF: The Innovation Institute and is aimed at Further Education curriculum leaders and lecturers.

By focusing on the education and training side of the process it is hoped that instructors in BIM modules will focus on the right areas, said Harrison O’Hara, a Mobile BIM Technician at Costain.

“The seminar will provide an indication of our expectation of future apprentices and students wishing to pursue a career in engineering with BIM at its heart. The BIM Masterclass is a great opportunity for Costain to share our knowledge and experience with further education leaders and lecturers in a subject area that is impacting the whole industry,” said Harrison.

The speakers include Matt Blackwell, who, as Head of BIM at Costain, is responsible for Costain’s BIM strategy. Senior Costain BIM Technicians Sandra Reis and Bryn Evans will talk about 4D and 5D modelling and give a live BIM demonstration and Harrison will also discuss the capabilities of mobile technology in the industry and provide recommendations for future implementation.

Elsewhere, David Owens, a Design & BIM Manager working on the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement project, will discuss the setting up of a Common Data Environment in accordance with BS1192:2007; and Richard Lane, the BIM Training Development Officer of the UK BIM Task Group, will talk about UK BIM Task Group’s training strategy across a number of UK central Government departments.

The presentations will be followed by a workshop, discussion and Q&A overseen by the NEF. The event is from 9.30am to 4pm. For more information about the event, please contact Harrison O’Hara at [email protected].

For more information about the NEF and potential future Masterclasses, please contact Sarah Peers via email: [email protected]