BIMcert Launch

The BIMcert project was officially launched by leading EU BIM Expert, Dr James Harty, on 6th March 2018 at Belfast Metropolitan College.

Leading EU BIM expert, Dr James Harty, from the Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, was the Keynote Speaker at the launch of Belfast Met’s BIMcert project; a project which has positioned Belfast Met as the first Further Education College in the UK to lead a Horizon 2020 project. Speaking at the launch, Dr Harty said: “Disrupt or die, BIM changes everything. Increasingly, reputations will be based on performance. If you cannot measure it, you cannot deal with it. This means calibrating and monitoring performance through a building’s life cycle, using transparent technologies like Blockchain. Poor performance, no reward.”

The BIMcert project will develop a blended, fully supported suite of Building Information Modelling tools, which will allow geographically dispersed construction project teams to use
technology to enhance information exchange and collaboration. The project will have a particular focus on testing the BIM approaches to green and passive building design to contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency.

Amandine De Coster – Lacourt, Project Adviser with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) stated: ‘Europe needs the qualified workforce and building professionals to make Near-Zero Energy Buildings and retrofit opportunities a reality. The BUILD UP Skills initiative has been contributing to this objective
since 2011 with more than 50 projects having delivered concrete training and qualification solutions. We continue to actively support this type of activities under Horizon 2020 and it is positive that projects such as BIMcert are now placing Building Information Modelling at the center of the training agenda’.

Director of Development Belfast Metropolitan College Damian Duffy stated ‘BIMcert represents a disruptive approach to traditional training delivery that seeks to unlock the preformed barriers that prevent access to vocational education and will result in greater numbers of vocationally excluded people accessing new skills, training and education and securing new levels of skills enhancement and mobility”.

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