BIM Academy Gives Graduates the Edge
The opportunity to spend time in the innovative BIM Academy, located within Northumbria University, has given a number of graduates the edge on their contemporaries entering the job market.
BIM Academy, which was launched earlier this year, is a centre of excellence that undertakes research, development, education and consultancy in the field of Building Information Modelling. This is achieved by combining the experience of the industry partner Ryder Architecture and the innovation, research and education capabilities within the university. Rick Marsden, Marc Warren, Bryan Cowey and Jason Braithwaite are the first graduates to benefit from time spent at BIM Academy. All four studied at Northumbria’s School for the Built Environment prior to entering the Academy. Three of the graduates have now secured jobs, while a fourth has decided to continue with his education.
During their time there the graduates gained fundamental experience developing BIM survey models of live projects, such as the forthcoming redevelopment of Bolingbroke Hospital, Wandsworth, as well as working in conjunction with NBS, part of RIBA Enterprises, to develop the National BIM Library, which will be used by the UK construction industry. Speaking about his spell at BIM Academy, Jason Braithwaite, who has taken up a position at Sunderland based architects, Planit Design, said: “Using BIM software allows you to design conceptually. The 3-D modelling software allows you to effectively integrate your design with that of construction teams. Using BIM also allows you to see potential problems and establish effective solutions while a project is still in design stage, cutting down on risk and cost.”
Since its launch in July, BIM Academy has received a high level of interest from industry and universities in the UK and abroad. Commenting on the graduate’s success, BIM Academy operations director, Peter Barker said: “As the built environment enters a new era, BIM will transform the way buildings, in all sectors, are designed, constructed and operated. BIM Academy is making a significant contribution to educating the designers and other professionals of the future and we are delighted that our first wave graduates have been so successful in furthering their careers during what continues to be a very challenging time for everyone in the industry. "
Over coming months, BIM Academy is seeking to recruit further graduates from other disciplines to develop their BIM skills in a collaborative working environment.