National Federation of Builders launches new BIM Champion Programme

The Government’s mandating of the use of building information modelling (BIM) to level 2 on centrally funded projects by 2016 is having a significant impact across the small to medium-size (SME) sector. The groundswell of interest generated by the wider public sector involvement means that SMEs will progressively be expected to work within BIM environments.

Increasingly, SME companies are working towards becoming BIM ready in advance of the 2016 deadline. To do this many find it useful to appoint a ‘BIM Champion’ to drive the change required.

NFB Business & Skills, the training and development arm of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), is delighted to announce that it is set to host a series of BIM Champion Programmes across the UK, empowering individuals across the industry to guide their organisations towards full BIM implementation. All the programmes will be CPD certified, allowing participants to gain recognition for their attendance.

The five day programme, delivered over five months, will combine group learning, knowledge sharing and practical activities to:

  • provide a detailed understanding of BIM, including the external drivers, the internal benefits and uses;
  • deliver a structured understanding of the Government’s framework for BIM to enable the Champion to map their own process against best practice;
  • provide the BIM Champions with the tools and techniques to influence behavioural change in their organisation;
  • enable the BIM Champions to develop a BIM Strategy to guide their company towards becoming BIM ready
  • provide attendees with a CPD certificate as recognition of the CPD hours earned.

At the end of the five month programme the BIM Champions will have developed their awareness and understanding of BIM from a strategic perspective, enabling them to lead the implementation of BIM within their organisation; be able to drive change effectively throughout their organisation through influencing other people and have gained sufficient knowledge to develop a BIM strategy to implement the process and systems change required.

In order to fully benefit from the programme, participants should have a basic knowledge of BIM and the Government drivers; gained through attending one of the NFB’s BIM: Let’s get ready workshops or similar and be in a position to influence the strategic direction of the company in implementing change in response to the challenge of BIM.

Karen Dawes, NFB Training Manager says:

“The NFB has played a significant role in supporting SME construction companies with BIM implementation since the Construction Strategy identified it as an enabler of efficiency and cost savings. Working with companies across a wide cross-section of the industry has enabled us to identify and develop programmes that offer real value to those participating. We expect demand for the BIM Champion programme to be high given the relevance and importance of BIM to the SME sector.”

The programmes will initially be run in 12 venues across the UK.