Belfast Met have developed the first of their BIM qualifications in partnership with leading Northern Ireland construction company Creagh Concrete.
BIMcert are already delivering upskilling to blue collar workers and are now delivering a trial Level 4 EQF equivalent qualification. The partnership with Creagh Concrete demonstrates how the BIMcert project is developing industry led qualifications.
Creagh sought to develop a BIM academy to enable the upskilling of their staff as they transition to a BIM workflow within the company. For Creagh Concrete a company established in 1976 and one of the most innovative producers of concrete products BIM is a must have in 2018.
Lorna Mc Mullan, Director, Creagh Concrete acknowledged the importance of BIM Academy saying: “In 2015 Creagh Concrete recognised that BIM modelling would represent an improved technology and process change which would add real value to our business. Creagh made a commitment to implement BIM within our company and focus on upskilling our existing staff.”
Creagh operate from their head office in Toomebridge, Co Antrim with bases in Hoveringham and Edinburgh. Creagh concrete has a number of specialist divisions working within each sector of the construction industry. The companys core range is precast and prestressed flooring. The work includes car parks, residential, railways, education, commercial and residential.
The UK government Construction Strategy 2016-2020 reinforces BIM as an integral focus of the strategy with a aim of boosting productivity and collaboration through the use of technology, (digital construction).
BIM enables the digital construction of a project in the form of a construction data enriched 3D model based process. This enables improved collaboration between all parties. The learner gets an understanding in the practice of 3D modelling for building information modelling. This includes architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical work.
Lorna Mc Mullan added: “Having developed a new qualification for CAD Construction Detailing with the Construction and the Built Environment curriculum area in 2015, Creagh have shortlisted a strong working partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College. The CAD Academy launched in 2016 and has been a very positive step to reducing the current technical skills gap within our industry.
“Based on the reputation and performance of this academy, Creagh sought to develop a similar BIM academy to enable the upskilling of their existing staff as they transition to a BIM workflow within the company. Creagh Concrete is delighted to support and deliver this new qualification in partnership with Belfast Met and offer our staff the opportunity to gain a qualification in BIM. This will further assist the integration of BIM workflows with the company’s supply and installation projects across the UK and Ireland.”
Creagh Concrete a company 42 years in existence have embraced the fact that BIM is a key emerging technology within the construction industry, with rapidly expanding usage across the sector.