Edmonton Construction Association starts Building Information Modeling training with AutoCAD maker
The Edmonton Construction Association (ECA) is helping its members and the construction industry embrace an emerging technology.
The association has established a Building Information Modeling (BIM) training centre in Alberta’s capital.
“The spirit and intent of this initiative is to help other associations that were behind with BIM,” said Darlene La Trace, executive vice-president of the ECA.
“It is a big undertaking because this is not normal training that we are offering. BIM courses are usually built for the design community. What we brought was something specific to construction that meets the needs of contractors and not the design community.”
The ECA has developed a BIM course for the construction industry in partnership with software firm Autodesk and course instructors.
The curriculum explains BIM and its benefits, how it works in construction and what it means for workers, as well as basic navigation in BIM software.
BIM is based on the concept of creating a 3D virtual model before any construction begins.
It has a growing array of tools that promise to revolutionize the way the built environment is constructed.
“We are encouraging our members to take the day off and commit to a full day of instruction,” said La Trace. “For smaller firms, we have helped with the registration costs.”
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