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250 hrs CPD

Certificate in BIM Implementation and Management

Distance learning

The Certificate in BIM Implementation and Management provides construction professionals with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles, terminologies, tools and techniques.

The course includes discussions on issues about technology, process and people in the successful adoption of BIM on your construction projects.  It will help prepare you to assemble BIM-enabled design and construction teams as well as assisting the client in their needs for the successful implementation of BIM.

Additional benefits include:

  • Market yourself with an RICS Training Certificate in BIM Implementation and Management
  • A step forward towards the RICS BIM Manager Certification
  • Be assured that clients and employers will recognise that you are trained and can demonstrate your BIM knowledge
  • Taught by experts informing the National BIM agenda in the UK from the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford
  • Keep up with the latest developments on BIM and how it is impacting in your profession with real life examples
  • Opportunity to network and learn with BIM professionals and managers around the world
  • Designed for people having all levels of understanding
  • Study in a flexible way at your own time and pace and still be fully supported during your studies

Upon completion of the modules, participants will have the opportunity to take an online assessment.  This requires correctly answering 70% of the multiple choice questions. The online exam is time restricted and candidates will be given 2 opportunities to pass. 

Who is this course for?

The course will enable candidates to consolidate their learning and refresh themselves on the required foundation knowledge and skills on BIM.  It is also suitable for future project managers or client representatives on BIM-enabled projects who are seeking to develop their BIM Management fundamental knowledge and skills.

Participants to the BIM Implementation and Management course should have the following background:

  • Any undergraduate degree or a relevant degree-equivalent  professional qualification 
  • Working within the AEC industry and client organisation representatives responsible for the procurement of buildings or infrastructure projects.

Course Content

The course is designed with the UK Government Level 2 BIM requirements in mind but also provides the philosophical context of BIM, so that as the technology and requirements continue to evolve the lessons derived from this course will still apply. The training consists of five modules:

  • Introduction to BIM
  • Collaboration and Integration
  • Process
  • Overview of BIM-enabled technology
  • Commercial and Contracts issues

In completing the five modules, you will develop a significant understanding of BIM and the range of managerial skills required to successfully implement BIM.  

Duration: 20 weeks

Course start date: 30 July 2014
Booking deadline: 30 August 2014 

The start date and access for the course is subject to change depending on number of attendees for this course and at the discretion of RICS.

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Module 1 – Introduction to BIM (can also be taken as a standalone face to face course)

1.1: What is BIM

  • Construction industry challenges
  • Origins of product modelling
  • Concept and definition of BIM
  • Requirements for UK Government Level 2 BIM

1.2: Benefits and Challenges of BIM

  • Latham & Egan
  • UK Government construction 2025
  • BIM Opportunities
  • Barriers to adoption

1.3: Case studies on BIM application in Design and Construction

1.4: BIM Implementation strategies

  • BIM Maturity Models
  • Introduction to important documents (EIR/BEP)
  • Lessons from early adoption

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of BIM from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Understand the business case for BIM, its benefits and challenges
  • Achieve an awareness of BIM execution plans and maturity models
  • Have a broad understanding of the UK Government BIM strategy and some key documents in support of that.

Module  2 –  Collaboration and Integration

2.1: Why collaborate? 

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Business Case for Collaboration

2.2: A framework for collaboration 

  • Employers Information Requirements*
  • BIM Execution Plan*
  • Assembling a team for collaboration

2.3: An introduction to Integrated Project Delivery

2.4: People and team working 

  • Change management

* Builds on introduction in 1.4 and goes into specific examples and case studies

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Understanding of the benefits of greater collaboration and integration in design and construction and how BIM supports it
  • Have a broad understanding of the interactions between people, process and technology in BIM
  • Awareness of the key role of the construction clients and how to support the achievement of an informed client
  • Have an awareness of the future vision for BIM in a collaborative setting

Module 3 – Process

3.1: Lean design and construction

  • Transformation, flow, value
  • Process waste
  • Lean tools

3.2: Process modelling

  • Why? Process reengineering; phases; links with BIM activities
  • Plans of works (RIBA and others)

3.3: Whole lifecycle information management

  • Appropriate Levels of Development at key project stages
  • The value of information beyond construction
  • Introduction to BIM for Facilities Management
  • Strategies for model maintenance

3.4: Process change and roles and responsibilities on the implementation of BIM

  • Measurement and baseline of improvement
  • BIM guidelines

Learning outcomes:

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Have a broad understanding of process problems (including waste) and improvement needs.
  • Understand the need for processes to change for BIM adoption
  • Have an overview of whole lifecycle approaches and a broad understanding of lifecycle information management issues
  • Understand roles and responsibilities in multidisciplinary teams and how these operate on a BIM enabled environment

Module 4 – Technology

4.1: Technologies to support collaboration

  • Interoperability and IFCs
  • Common data environments
  • Naming strategies and classification systems (UNICLAS)
  • BIM libraries

4.2: Overview of BIM enabled tools in the wider project team

  • Overview of design simulation tools
  • Parametric Design
  • GIS v BIM
  • Laser scanning

4.3: Overview of BIM enabled tools for project / cost management and operations

  • 4D (Time based)
  • 5D (Cost based)
  • Facilities Management

4.4: Futures

  • Open BIM
  • Cloud computing
  • Software as a service
  • Virtualisation
  • Digital fabrication& Off site manufacturing

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Have an overview of some of the technology that supports BIM
  • Understand the Open BIM concept and its benefits
  • Examine the application of technology through case study examples
  • Understand the need for protocols to support appropriate collaboration and integration.

Module 5 – Commercial and Contracts

5.1: Assembling a BIM enabled team

  • Creating an effective PQQ
  • Procurement strategies 
  • Supply chain integration
  • Contractual issues
  • Traditional JCT through to IPD (Integrated Project Delivery)
  • Scope & BIM responsibility Matrix
  • Risks

5.3: Wider Contractual Issues

  • Model Ownership
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurances and liabilities

5.4: When things go wrong.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Have an overview of the key legal BIM implications in terms of intellectual property, insurances and liabilities
  • Understand the need for contractual relationships which support collaboration, including Integrated Project Delivery
  • Have a broad understanding of contractual issues which relate to BIM adoption

Course Assessment

Upon completion of the modules, candidates will have the opportunity to take an online assessment. This requires correctly answering 70% of the multiple choice questions. The online exam is time restricted and candidates will be given 2 opportunities to pass.


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