09 Aug 2017
Whilst BIM has become a major talking point, there is still a lot of confusion and misinformation around what it is and how it works.
And, as is the case with any new concept, there is a queue of ‘experts’ looking to offer their knowledge through training programmes. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s hard to tell the genuine specialists from those just getting to grips with the topic, so it’s important to do your research first.
Whilst there isn’t a formal accreditation to point to, consider the provider – what is their experience?
Do they have any links to well-known industry organisations, for example, CIBSE or BEAMA?
And, finally, speak to the course leader and get a feel for what their level of insight is before signing up.
The second factor to consider is the breadth of BIM as a topic. From different platforms to the number of possible applications and compatible secondary programmes, there is a huge amount to cover – and not all of this will be relevant across the board. This means that when searching for a training scheme, it is vital to ensure that the course chosen is tailored to your specific needs.
The need-to-know information for a contractor may be different from that of a specifier, and receiving training which isn’t actually applicable to your business could only confuse the issue.
If all else fails, take a look at informal forums. For example, industry discussion pages and articles in the trade press which are likely to be able to provide guidance, if not specific recommendations, for well regarded courses. BIM is here to stay, and it’s positive news that there is an appetite to learn more about it.
However, it’s well worth doing the homework beforehand to make sure you get what you pay for when it comes to getting the lowdown on BIM for your business.