Free BIM training programme to be launched at industry conference

BIM stockThe Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is set to launch a free training and awareness programme to help Scottish construction businesses prepare for the impending implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2.

Delivered by CSIC and supported by Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust, BIM Regions Scotland and Hub, the programme of workshops and events will begin in October 2016 and will be aimed at construction professionals right across the industry, including designers, clients, facility managers, manufacturers and suppliers.

Full details of how to register your interest in the events will be launched at Construction Scotland and CSIC’s joint conference and industry showcase on September 13 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. The event, which will be the largest construction conference in Scotland, will bring together hundreds of the industry’s key influencers and decision makers from construction businesses of all sizes.

Adrian Shilliday, technical director and BIM Leader at Galliford Try, will chair one of the key workshops at the conference which will focus on preparing for BIM and unveil details of how the industry is leading in the awareness, adoption & implementation of BIM Level 2. The session will also feature Ryan Tennyson, co-chair of the BIM Scottish Suppliers Group and Bruce Newlands, head of technical operations at CSIC.

Bruce Newlands said: “BIM will be adopted, where appropriate, in projects across the public sector by April 2017. BIM will support the creation of a more efficient built environment that is more sustainable, and with more intelligent infrastructure fit for the 21st century. The April 2017 implementation date for the public sector is fast approaching, but there is still a lot of confusion in the construction industry about what exactly BIM is, what Level 2 means and what they need to do to prepare.

“That’s where this programme comes in. Beginning with the basics, we plan to lead you methodically through the steps your business will need to take to be ready for BIM Level 2 and beyond, and give you all the guidance and information you need. As well as this extensive programme of free events there will also be an online hub and a free online advice service to help you answer any specific questions and point you to the right information.”

He added: “Any business worried or confused about BIM should join us at the conference, come along to our Preparing for BIM workshop and find out how to register to keep up to date with the forthcoming free training opportunities.”

The Construction Scotland and Innovation Centre Conference and Industry Showcase will be hosted by BBC Reporting Scotland’s David Henderson, and speakers will include Jamie Hepburn MSP, minister for employability and training, and Jim McColl OBE who will share his insights on growth through change and innovation. Michael Dall, lead construction economist at Barbour ABI, will also discuss future prospects for the industry.

Registration and attendance at the event is free. Workshop spaces are limited and are filling up fast, so register at as soon as possible to guarantee a place.

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