Building Information Modelling (BIM) is set to change the way the construction sector delivers, procures, designs, constructs and maintains the whole-life costs of buildings, taking the industry out of the analogue age and into the digital. BIM has the potential to transform efficiency throughout the entire construction supply chain through closer collaboration, smarter ways of working, lean methods of procurement and the use of 3D “virtual” buildings to manage properties and assets.

Recognising that public sector clients and private sector businesses operating in the built environment will need differing degrees of knowledge and skills. Sandwell Council has developed a programme of Building Information Modelling (BIM) workshops aimed at nurturing the critical workforce skills needed within industry.

Our enjoyable and affordable BIM Level 2 awareness courses are delivered by a framework of BIM consultants and are suitable for all levels of job roles. What’s unique and sets the course apart from other BIM workshops is that you will be coached through the business benefits of BIM adoption, receive expert advice, explanation and valuable client guidance of the significant efficiencies that BIM presents.

You can find out more about BIM and how it could add value to your role by viewing this short informative video.

BIM Video

Course Details and 2016 Dates

BIM 4 Beginners – Level 2 Awareness Workshop – ½ Day Course
Level 2 BIM workshop, aimed at people who are new to BIM, provides a generic overview of what BIM is. It focuses on the Government’s BIM strategy for public sector clients, it’s mandatory requirements for capital build projects and the collaborative components of BIM Level 2 which drives the use of digital technology and the universal sharing of high quality information between stakeholders.
The workshop will cover – ‘Introduction to BIM’, ‘BIM Definitions’, ‘The BIM roadmap’ BIM workforce Skills and your next steps’.
Who should attend:- People whose job role contributes support services to the built environment including client facing and business development roles, estates, facilities and property management, building control, supply chain engagement.
When:- Forthcoming half-day workshops on 15th March (a.m. & p.m.), 16th March (a.m.), 22nd March (p.m.) and 23rd March (a.m. & p.m.), other dates are available (on request) throughout 2016.
What’s it cost:- £150.00 plus VAT per delegate

Management BIM Level 2 Awareness Workshop – ½ Day Course
Level 2 BIM Management workshop aimed at people who need generic knowledge for understanding the whole-life costs of buildings, BIM terminology, technology and principles of BIM Level 2.
The workshop will cover – ‘Introduction to BIM’, ‘External Drivers for BIM, Business Case for BIM, Risks vs Opportunities’ ‘The BIM roadmap’ BIM Skills including training: BIM for the business, the department, the user, the workforce and the technology, your next steps’.
Who should attend:- People whose job role contributes management and directorate services to the built environment including business owners, capital build project managers, senior asset managers and directors of estates.
When:- Half-day workshops, dates are available on request throughout 2016.
What’s it cost:- £150.00 plus VAT per delegate

Intermediate BIM Level 2 Awareness Workshop – 1 Day Course
Level 2 BIM Intermediate workshop aimed at people who need practical knowledge and understanding of the whole-life costs of buildings, BIM terminology, technology and principles of BIM Level 2 & 3.
The workshop will cover – ‘Introduction to BIM’, ‘External Drivers for BIM, Planning for Change, BIM Implementation in the business, Risks vs Opportunities’ basic BIM / CAD Software Skills, 3D model-viewing, Employers’ Information Requirements (EIR), BIM procurement tools, BIM data exchange and management, BIM reporting technology, BIM for economic regeneration, supply chain collaboration & external data exchange ‘‘The BIM roadmap’ BIM Skills including training options: BIM for the business, the department, the user, the workforce and the technology, your next steps’.
Who should attend:- People whose job role contributes to the management, delivery and co-ordination of capital build and maintenance projects within the built environment including business managers, departmental heads, estates, building and property managers, capital project co-ordinators, asset managers, supply chain category managers, procurement & quantity surveyors
When:- One-day workshops, dates are available on request throughout 2016.
What’s it cost:- £200.00 plus VAT per delegate

Advanced BIM Level 2 Awareness Workshop – 2 Day Course
Level 2 BIM Advanced workshop aimed at people who have technical knowledge, advanced digital engineering and software skills to create and design computer-generated virtual buildings, knowledge and understanding of the whole-life costs of buildings, BIM terminology, understanding the terminology, technology and software choices and principles of BIM Level 2 & 3.
The workshop will cover – 3D BIM modelling, BIM Collaboration, BIM Level 2 & 3, OpenBIM’, Digital plan of work, Project Information Model (PIM), Data Creation, BIM data exchange, (delivery of data and management), BIM hosting platforms, BIM Protocols, Planning for Change, BIM Implementation in the business, BIM model viewing tools & clash detection, BIM report generation, Risks vs Opportunities’ Project Information Management Tasks, BIM for economic regeneration, supply chain collaboration & external data exchange ‘The BIM roadmap’ and your next steps’.
Who should attend:- People whose job role contributes to design considerations and building specification of capital build and maintenance projects within the built environment including architectural technologists, external and internal designers, landscapers, building, structural and highways engineers, capital project managers.
When:- Forthcoming two-day workshops on 7th & 8th April and 14th & 15th April, other dates are available (on request) throughout 2016.
What’s it cost:- £375.00 plus VAT per delegate

All Sandwell Council’s BIM courses take place at:-
Where:- BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite, Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick B66 3LX.
How to Book:- To book your place contact David Emery, Sandwell Council’s BIM Framework Partner on david.emery@virtechs.co.uk or call David on 01384 930360