Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsZahn walked out of another meeting feeling frustrated and dejected. The company had lost another project, a big one and he knew exactly why. The winning bid wasn’t from a vastly superior competitor. His company had the experience, the ability and an impressive portfolio of past projects but the client wanted more. They wanted to implement BIM level two as part of their project. Efficiency and sustainability are a big part of the client's ethos and they wanted to use this project as a showcase. BIM level two is now required by the UK government for all centrally procured projects and savings of three billion Pounds have been made by implementing BIM over a four year period to 2015.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsZahn’s company weren't using BIM and although he was the Managing Director he still had to answer to the company owner who had an old fashioned attitude to construction and an aversion to change. If he was to implement BIM his staff would need training, he would have to purchase new software, invest in new technology and work practices would have to change. The required initial investment has been a stumbling block in the past. In this course we will explore the drivers for implementing BIM along with the challenges and opportunities for large and small companies. We will also look at BIM implementation from a client perspective and the key BIM tools, protocols and staff required for effective BIM implementations.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 secondsResearch shows a 7% cost saving when using a digital communications platform on large scale construction projects. Zahn had had enough. He made the decision to go ahead and staff were sent for training and software was purchased. The following months were stressful as the company updated their work practices in the hope of seeing a return on the investment. Slowly but surely the benefits started to show. Clients made aesthetic design decisions based on 3D visualisations instead of 2D drawings. Increased collaboration and coordination meant potential issues were avoided and material waste was reduced. They attracted bigger clients and won larger more prestigious projects. Even qualifying for BIM level two tenders.

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 secondsIt had been a long road but Zahn and the company owner were happy. Reflecting on your own experiences what challenges have you faced while working towards implementing BIM?

Welcome to the course

Welcome to the first short course of the Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Sustainable Practice program.

This short course on BIM implementation within the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, focuses on working in interdisciplinary teams and managing collaborative design and information flows.

This week

During this first week, you’ll learn about:

  • The different drivers of BIM and how BIM addresses issues that have affected the construction industry over a number of years
  • Levels of global BIM implementation
  • Challenges and opportunities for BIM implementation in the AEC industry
  • Components of BIM implementation

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At Coventry University Online, we’re committed to a supportive, flexible and dynamic approach that puts the learner firmly at the heart of everything we do.

Thanks to our partnership with FutureLearn, we are ideally placed to provide an online learning experience that is engaging, dynamic and carefully designed to ensure the best possible chance of student success.

Every one of our online courses adheres to the same high academic standards as our more traditional face-to-face courses, and offers all students easy access to a comprehensive network of student support.

In recognition of this learner-centred approach, Coventry University has previously been named ‘University of the Year’ by Times Higher Education and awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Your learning journey

Some of you might be taking this course as part of a degree on FutureLearn, while others will be taking it as a stand alone learning journey. Whatever your situation, we hope you find the course valuable!

For those enrolled onto the degree - or those interested in further study - this course is the first short course in the BIM Implementation within the AEC Industry program which forms part of the MSc Construction Management with BIM online degree at Coventry University. The program is made up of ten weeks (five two-week short courses), taught on FutureLearn, followed by an additional period to submit your assessment (details of which can be found on the Assessment tab of the program page).

In addition to the courses in FutureLearn, the program page gives you access to live tutorials, student support sessions and further study resources and services once you’re enrolled as a student at Coventry University. We’re sorry, but these extra services are limited to those learners enrolled onto the degree.

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