The University of Washington’s Department of Construction Management and Skanska, a leading construction and development firm, have teamed to offer a new certificate for building information modeling (BIM).

The new program, the UW-CERC/Skanska Building Information Modeling (BIM) Certificate, was created to fill the gap in the field of people trained to use data-rich virtual-reality modeling tools.

The 11-week program started on Sept. 29 and is open to UW students, local industry professionals and, via online streaming, to industry professionals nationwide.

Students will learn tangible BIM software skills and gain an understanding of virtual design and construction processes that have real-world applications. Developed collaboratively by UW and Skanska to help the industry define and formalize a knowledge base for BIM managers, the course will be under the instruction of UW’s Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Education Research in Construction (CERC) Carrie Sturts Dossick and Skanska Virtual Design and Construction Director Mike Choquette.

“Students will come away with a very concrete and applied understanding of current practices using BIM tools and processes,” Dossick says. “From a hands-on skill-based level, they’ll know how to use the software to work with models and interpret the information, and from a conceptual level, they’ll know why BIM applications are valuable to a project.”

Throughout the course, students will learn to assemble models and assess for clash detection, analyze model-based estimating data, create 4D model animations, and complete a capstone project. Students will also learn how to compose a more integrated team and act as facilitators for stronger communication between designers, engineers, sub-contractors, clients and fabricators.

“Skanska’s rich history of integrating emerging technology into the construction process will give students an inside look on BIM’s growing impact on a rapidly changing industry,” Choquette says. “Ten years ago, it was difficult to predict how valuable this technology would be in construction. Today, three out of four of our active projects use BIM tools, and they help us do everything from working more safely to deliver customer value by optimizing schedules, improving quality, minimizing waste and enhancing lifecycle management.”

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Skanska USA is a construction and development company, serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation and commercial.  Headquartered in New York with offices in 34 metro areas, Skanska has more than 10,000 employees.