Skanska and University of Washington create BIM Certificate Program

Credit: Inside Croydon
Credit: Skanska, Inside Croydon

A top US university and multinational construction and development company based in Sweden have joined forces to launch a Building Information Modelling Certificate Program.

The University of Washington have teamed with Skanska on the tutelage course which has already begun and will run for eleven weeks. UW students were eligible to enrol, as were local industry professionals and interested parties nationwide via online streaming.

According to Point of Beginning (POB), the two sides got together to address a skills gap in the field for those who “use data-rich virtual-reality modelling tools”. They also wanted to help industry define a knowledge base for BIM managers.

Carrie Sturts Dossick is UW’s Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Education Research in Construction and he will be leading the course. He told POB: “Students will come away with a very concrete and applied understanding of current practices using BIM tools and processes. From a hands-on skill-based level, they’ll know how to use the software to work with models and interpret the information, and from a conceptual level, they’ll know why BIM applications are valuable to a project.”

Further comment was released by Skanska’s Virtual Design and Construction Director, Mike Choquette who will also oversee the course. He said: “Skanska’s rich history of integrating emerging technology into the construction process will give students an inside look on BIM’s growing impact on a rapidly changing industry. Ten years ago, it was difficult to predict how valuable this technology would be in construction.

“Today, three out of four of our active projects use BIM tools, and they help us do everything from working more safely to deliver customer value by optimizing schedules, improving quality, minimizing waste and enhancing lifecycle management.”

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