Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a rapidly emerging technology process that offers the building design, construction, and operations industry with improvements in visualization, analysis, and management. With this great opportunity also comes a knowledge gap for industry professionals. Closing this gap is what George Brown College (GBC) in Toronto set out to accomplish with their new BIM Management Program that kicked off in May of 2015 with intakes in September 2015 and January 2016.
BIM Management Program
This post-graduate one-year certificate program (2 semesters plus a co-op semester) provides students with hands-on technical skills with the various BIM tools for all aspects of a construction project. It also includes our Building Energy Modeling course where the students integrated a complex Revit model in the IES Virtual Environment and completed the following assignments:
- Build a 12-storey mixed-use building, produced preliminary energy results and then merged two new floors for a comparative cost analysis.
- Improve the natural daylight performance by adjusting the visible transmittance in glazing assemblies and then measuring the positive gains.
- Write an energy analysis summary report and describe with empirical data how each of the energy conservation measures impact the building.
I had a great time teaching this summer, here’s what one of the students had to say about the course: “This is a very fun course about Building Energy Modeling. The course is well planned and easy to follow. The prof delivers the course material in a fresh and simple way to get students thinking and overall, it is a great program for those of you want to take your BIM knowledge to the next level.” Kasra Tousi, BIM Specialist, H.H. Angust & Associates Ltd.
After successfully completing this rigorous training program, the students gain the skills to interoperate between a diverse set of tools within an openBIM environment. This qualifies them to find opportunities as a BIM Specialist or Manager within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. They are also eligible for the CanBIM Professional Level 2: BP2 certification, and with the right amount of professional experience they could achieve a Level 3: BP3 certification.
The development of the Building Energy Modeling Course for the BIM Program was done with the assistance of funding through the NSERC College and Community Innovation Program – Innovation Enhancement Grants for Building Information Modelling. GBC has built the capacity to leverage the funding of $2,300,000 over 5 years to assist SMEs in adopting digital technologies.
Being a part of the multi-disciplinary team of academic leaders in BIM has been a great experience and I look forward to teach the course again for the Winter term. Here is what Clint Kissoon, Chair of the School of Architectural Studies for the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies said about our involvement at GBC: “Jean Carriere is a vital complement to the GBC research faculty. Habitually working closely with industry keeps GBC’s faculty exposed to business trends and state-of-the-art technologies and processes. It is in this aspect that Jean has played a vital role in providing specialist expertise in the energy modeling component of the BIM process.”