Canadian college aim to help Canada catch up concerning BIM

Credit: George Brown College
Credit: George Brown College

A Canadian education establishment are hoping to tackle the Building Information Modelling skills deficiency head on in order to help Canada catch up to the rest of the world.

George Brown College, based in Toronto, Ontario, are teaming with the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program in the hope that their training program can educate and inspire firms and professionals within Canada – that’s according to Daily Commercial News.

George Brown College’s School of Architecture Chair, Clint Kissoon believes Canada as a whole are potentially missing out on major opportunities if they don’t adopt BIM, and they need to do it fast. “Certainly we are behind the U.S. in the adoption of BIM as well as some European countries like Sweden and Denmark“, said Kisson. He continued: “BIM is a very global process…that is being adopted by many countries and we can certainly find ourselves at a bit of risk if we don’t provide the infrastructure to harness this new process.”

The aforementioned training scheme that has been set up, titled The BIM Technology and Processes Adoption Support, hopes to teach small to medium enterprises and their employees how to operate BIM software when devising a model for the construction and design phases of a project and understand BIM as a process. Explaining the content of the training sessions, Kissoon stated: “They’ll be using the latest software and being able to go through the process of using various tools to be able to get to the point where they can start processing information digitally rather than paper-based, as the construction industry seems to still do at the moment.”

Kisson believes architects and other professionals who have not yet progressed from using AutoCAD to Autodesk Revit are people they are hoping to help. He elaborated: “Where the learning curve comes in is if they’ve not utilized Revit as a software to do the design and they still rely on AutoCAD. We would normally expose our students in the first year to AutoCAD and then move them to Revit. What we’re doing is making sure our graduates are well-established in learning how to use the software so they can integrate into a BIM process, and we want to do the same with industry.”

To gain more information on the college’s training aspirations, follow this link.

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