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UK university launches new BIM course to upskill construction and design sectors

by Liam Turner
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Birmingham’s Aston University is offering students a new BIM (building information modelling) course to help upskill the design and construction sectors.

The course is aimed at both professionals and recent graduates with experience of building design, construction, and consultancy.

BIM allows architects, engineers, real estate developers, contractors, manufacturers and other construction professionals to plan, design, and construct a structure or building within a 3D model.

This covers the project’s lifecycle, from initial briefing to operation and ultimately to disposal or reuse.

The course is the first UK’s first Level 7 credit bearing BIM course, which means students will get 15 academic credits that can contribute towards a relevant postgraduate qualification.

Students will be taught software skills such as Autodesk Revit and Navisworks Manage and the current BIM ISO 19650 standards, processes, and technologies.

The Aston University course is led by Dr Kenneth Park, who is a reader in construction management and engineering within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

He is also a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building, UK (FCIOB).

He said: “As there is an increased effort to reduce waste in the construction industry, BIM is becoming an increasingly important tool for professionals in the sector.

“It allows for collaboration, addressing supply chain inefficiencies, clashes, and reworking, creating a more sustainable and efficient construction process throughout the project lifecycle.”

The course, which includes a mixture of on-campus and online learning, is set to start in September.

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