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Mission BIMPossible

1 Apr 2014

100 students set for Mission BIMPossible

More than 100 undergraduates and postgraduates will take part in a five-day industry-led workshop hosted by the School of Civil and Building Engineering this week.

The workshop, for students on construction and civil engineering programmes, is on building information modelling (BIM) and focuses on an exciting design competition called Mission BIMPossible .

Mission BIMPossible includes industry-led seminars and case studies, demonstrations and hands-on skills training, as well as group-based activities.

Three of the School’s alumni feature among the speakers. They are: Alex Jones, a graduate of Civil Engineering who is BIM and Digital Construction Manager with Interserve; Fred Mills, a graduate of Architectural Engineering and Design Management, who is the founder of The B1M; and Rob Chesterton, a graduate of Construction Engineering Management, who is a Senior Planner with BAM UK.

Dr Zulfikar Adamu, who has spearheaded Mission BIMPossible said: “BIM is a revolutionary process and technology that enables collaborative working among architecture, engineering and construction professionals.

“It applies to all building phases, from design and construction, as well as the in-use stage. In the last three years, we have seen a surge in its adoption, partly because the government is driving the industry to use BIM on its projects from 2016. We therefore need our students to be BIM-ready”.

Recently, construction management students in the School have also participated in an international collaborative design project called BIM-Hub, supported by the Higher Education Academy, together with students from Coventry University and Ryerson University in Canada.

As part of this special week, BIM-Hub project leader Dr Robby Soetanto and colleagues from the School of Civil and Building Engineering will be awarding prizes to the winning teams from the BIM-Hub project.

Professor Simon Austin, Associate Dean for Teaching in the School of Civil and Building Engineering said: “These are exciting and timely initiatives and, importantly, we are also taking steps to ensure that modules in our programmes will provide students with ongoing knowledge and skills in BIM to really enhance their employability”.

The ‘BIM-Hub’ project is funded by the Higher Education Academy. See for details.