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Leading the way with BIM courses AGC stays ahead of the industry with its education, certificate programs

AGC recognized early on that BIM would change the industry and has made sure the right tools are available to keep its members ahead of the curve. Last year, AGC announced BIM 101, the first of four courses in the BIM Education Program. Since that time, more than 800 people have completed BIM 101 and the second course, BIM Technology, at 25 chapters and member companies around the country. With the completion of the final two courses—BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation and BIM Process, Adoption and Integration—in October, AGC already congratulated its first graduates.

In addition to the education program, which is designed to instruct construction professionals at all experience levels on a range of issues they may encounter using BIM, AGC is preparing to launch a new credential: the Certificate of Management—Building Information Modeling. Available in September 2011, it will be the construction industry’s first and only BIM assessment-based certificate program that teaches the practical application of BIM for commercial construction firms. The credential will be available to graduates of the BIM Education Program who pass an exam.

Meanwhile, AGC has continued building the BIMForum, which encourages the adoption and use of BIM technology and processes through increased collaboration in project delivery. The BIM Forum has grown steadily since its inception in 2006 and now includes 2,000 members.

While the forum began online, its three annual meetings have become a key gathering place for BIM professionals. The most recent BIMForum, in Atlanta, broke attendance records, with nearly 300 architects, engineers and contractors on site to participate in BIM education courses. They also took tours of a construction project on the Georgia Tech campus and visited the college’s Digital Building Labs. In addition, the Construction Owners Association of America was on hand for a roundtable discussion on the future of BIM for facility and property managers.

The BIM Forum is working to synchronize the virtual design and construction process, ultimately revolutionizing the building industry, and AGC’s educational tools are bringing more people to the table.

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Overview of the BIM Education Program

Unit 1: BIM 101
Following completion of BIM 101, participants will be able to:

◊ Recognize the importance of BIM.
◊ Define common BIM terminology.
◊ Discuss how BIM can be used as a communication and collaboration tool.
◊ Explain the benefits of BIM.
◊ Compare examples of successful BIM usage.
◊ Discuss issues associated with starting BIM.
◊ Create a BIM action plan.

Unit 2: BIM Technology
Following this course, participants will understand and appreciate:

◊ Phases of a BIM project.
◊ Classes of BIM technology.
◊ Specific BIM applications.
◊ The need for planning/organizing to use BIM tools.
◊ The requirement to embed tools into the process.
◊ The process for selecting relevant BIM tools.

Unit 3: BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation
Following this course, participants will be able to:

◊ Explain contract liability and standards of care related to BIM.
◊ Negotiate BIM Addendum terms for BIM execution plan development.
◊ Use BIM contract negotiation to establish proactive, collaborative BIM.
◊ Identify intellectual property rights and licensing issues related to BIM model use.
◊ Recognize BIM coverage limitations in existing insurance and bond products.
◊ Devise fair risk allocation and management responsibility provisions on BIM projects.

Unit 4: Process, Adoption and Integration
Following this course, participants will be able to:

◊ Evaluate and select process options for a specific BIM project.
◊ Describe the roles and responsibilities of participants in the BIM process.
◊ Create a BIM process diagram for a project.
◊ Communicate the BIM process to management, colleagues and project stakeholders.
◊ Identify consistent factors influencing BIM’s return on investment at the project level and the company level.
◊ Outline a process for BIM adoption at the project level and company level.
◊ Describe elements of BIM that support “lean” principles at the project level and the company level.

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