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New Building Information Management MSc will enhance students’ employability says leading industry figure

Posted on: 7 February 2014
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University of Westminster will be taking its first cohort of students on the new Building Information Management MSc course in September 2014.

This course is a direct response to the changing nature of the construction industry and the Government’s intention to require collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) on its projects by 2016. Westminster’s Building Information Management MSc has been launched to equip construction professionals with the knowledge and skills to operate in this changing workplace.

“Understanding the concepts and culture behind a collaborative, data rich BIM environment is becoming one of the key skills required by employers” said Robert Klaschka, Director of Studio Klaschka. “Courses that address this will provide students with a significant advantage in the future work environment.”

The philosophy of the building information management course is to reflect the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. These efficiencies can be gained from more accurate prototyping, simulation, costing, planning, design, production and operation, and will be an output of sound information management and data input to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

The unique nature of Westminster’s Building Information Management MSc is the focus on ‘Management’, which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this.

“Digital building and new information and modelling technologies open a new era of integrated practice” says Professor David Dernie, Dean of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. “The future of built environment thinking is digital and multi-disciplinary, where planners, architects, engineers, urban designers, quantity surveyors and clients work together on integrated project delivery.”

The University of Westminster’s Department of Property and Construction has already been involved in high profile BIM activity. Our central London location allows us to engage with industry and host events such as the London BIM Hub and the BIM Academic Forum. In the past year, world-leading contractors and organisations such as Crossrail, Multiplex and Mace have presented to our students.

Visit the main course page for an opportunity to learn more about this great course and how we can help you can enhance your academic knowledge and career prospects. Applications are open for 2014 entry.

BIM Academic Forum

Posted on: 2 December 2012
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For all it’s good intentions, The BIM Academic Forum (BAF) is struggling to realise it’s very real potential to be a significant force for good.

BAF is a fledging organisation that has brought academics from a plethora of Built Environment Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to integrate Building Information Modeling (BIM) into the curricula.  BIM is causing all HEI’s to review what is happening in industry and understand what implications this will have on their courses.
BAF held its third meeting at the University of Salford on Monday 26th November with attendance from different HEI’s.  The initial part of the meeting was an update from David Philp on the BIM task group work followed by David Cracknell providing an overview on progress of the Education and Training working party. Both Davids acknowledged the importance of BAF in bringing HEIs together and facilitating the significant challenges of education and training of BIM to wider the built environment community. The afternoon session revolved around how HEI’s should establishing high level learning outcomes involving BIM.
There is a general consensus that it is useful and beneficial for HEI’s to liaise with each other, whether it’s on BIM or other issues.  The discussions on BIM invariably acknowledge that the issues involved in integrating BIM into  the curricula are bigger than just BIM.  These issues include wider industry concerns such as a common way of working; the fragmented nature of the industry; the silo-mentality with implications on the approach to teaching and learning in the built environment as well as academic interaction with industry.
So whilst BIM may be the catalyst for further discussion, the question remains whether BAF is the appropriate place for such issues to be addressed and if so, how should it proceed?

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