The BIM Approved Graduate (AG) programme has been created for Higher and Further education institutions that deliver built environment courses e.g. architecture, master planning, construction, engineering, design, surveying, facility management, project management, environmental sciences and more; and wish to feature a thorough and practical programme that trains students in Building Information Modelling (BIM), and at the same time, prepares them for the job market.
What does BIM AG offer?
The BIM AG programme has been designed to teach students about BIM, provide them with a professional qualification that will set them apart from their peers and, at the same time, meet the curriculum objectives and complement existing academic programmes.
BIM AG is also the stepping stone towards certification with BRE Global as a ‘BIM Informed Professional’ or ‘BIM Certificated Practitioner’ depending on the students’ industry experience.
Students who undertake the programme will:
- Gain formal recognition of competence with the BIM AG qualification
- Access robust content direct from BRE
- Access industry news and our Facebook and LinkedIn groups
- Be automatically enrolled into the BRE Academy Graduate Membership programme for the first year after qualification
- After passing the BIM AG online examination, BEP assignment and e-Journals, graduates will be eligible to apply to become BIM Certified Individuals without further training
For organisations hiring, a BIM AG will have a strong grounding in the BIM process. In addition to this, a BIM AG has been tested specifically around the technical aspects of BIM and its application, making them an excellent choice for organisations who need strong individuals who can manage BIM projects effectively, understand BIM Level 2’s roles and responsibilities, ensuring they get the most out of projects, and can realise the potential for cost savings and more accurate data exchange.
Course structure and path to certification
The lectures are uploaded to our learning platform, along with all the relevant teaching materials and references. The programme has been structured so that it is possible for lecturers to deliver the lectures either in the classroom or as self-study, unless specifically suggested in these notes. This flexibility also allows the lecturers to adapt and expand the material as needed, in relation to the specific course the BIM AG programme fits in and time constraints. BRE Academy will be available for technical and troubleshooting support throughout the length of the programme.
The BIM AG programme comprises of twelve units, which the lecturer will deliver. They include a combination of classroom workshops, online material and self-study.
Unit 1 – Catalyst for Change
Unit 2 – BIM Definition and Terminology
Unit 3 – Standards, Methods and Procedures
Unit 4 – Advantages of Information Management
Unit 5 – Who Needs a BIM Manager?
Unit 6 – The information Delivery Cycle
Unit 7 – Employer’s Information Requirements
Unit 8 – Pre-contract BIM Execution Plan
Unit 9 – Post-contract BIM Execution Plan
Unit 10 – Production of Information
Unit 11- Exchange of Information and Interoperability
Unit 12 – Asset Information Model
Students will be assessed via three separate assessments:
- Online examination at the end of the course. The examination consists of 30 multiple choice questions to answer in 60 minutes to test students BIM knowledge.
- E-journals to document students’ understanding on each week’s lecture, and prompt them to carry out their own research on a number of BIM subjects covered by the course.
- Writing a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) based on case study EIR, starting from Unit 9 until the end of the course. This will enable students to present a BIM Execution Plan as a methodology for managing a BIM project.
Each assignment is marked separately by the lecturer. In order to obtain their BIM AG qualification, the minimum pass mark for each assignment is 60%.
Please note: For the purpose of fast-tracking students to BRE BIM Certification for Individuals, the students must pass ALL assignments with a minimum mark of 70%, and provide proof of relevant practical experience within three years from been awarded the BIM AG qualification. This is an optional benefit though, which does not affect the BIM AG qualification.
Knowledge and Understanding
Successful students will typically be able to:
- Understand the historical issues within the construction industry, the advantages that BIM offers compared to traditional projects, and understanding BIM’s role in satisfying government targets.
- Define and understand the meaning of BIM, its terminology and why it is needed in industry.
- Define and understand the need for standards, methods and procedures, a collaborative way of working, and the positive implications this has on producing structured data on projects.
- Define and understand what a Common Data Environment is, the effects of poor information management, and the role the Common Data Environments has in overcoming this issue.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities to facilitate verified data exchanges.
- Identify the key elements of the Information Delivery Cycle and their key activities.
- Define and understand what the Employer’s Information Requirements is and its constituent parts, the need for clear information on projects, and how the Employer’s Information Requirement enables this requirement.
- Define and understand the pre-contract BIM Execution Plan and its core content, its relationship with the Employer’s Information Requirements, and its role during the procurement process.
- Define and understand the post contract-award BIM Execution Plan and its core content, the legal implications of BIM Level 2, and the key features of the CIC BIM protocol.
- Define and understand the Responsibility Matrix and the Master Information Delivery Plan and their use as management tools within the production of information, and the key considerations when developing an information model and approving information.
- Define and understand information exchange, the need for suitable clash-free information, and an open and interoperable solution to enable this.
- Define and understand COBie and its data format requirements, how it is produced, and the key considerations when validating the Asset Information Model.
Skills and Attributes
Successful students will typically be able to present a BIM Execution Plan as a methodology for managing a BIM project
How does the BRE BIM pathway work?
It takes students to professional certification in four simple steps: