Belfast Met launches online sustainable construction training

  • The Belfast Metropolitan College is launching a new digital training platform for the construction industry, known as the BIMCert (Building Information Modelling Certification).

    Belfast Met has developed the platform in partnership with six other European partners in the hope that it can empower the construction industry to achieve building a greener environment.

    Fully name the BIMCert sustainable building qualification project, the online portal is live with temporary free training for all.

    It uses digital technology to “support, enhance and maximise the impact of energy efficient skills at all operational levels within the construction industry.”

    Eugene McCusker, Comms Officer on the project said that “central to this is the creation of an accredited curriculum. These qualifications will be developed within the context of a national and European-wide framework”.

    A series of webinars for trainees led by Dublin-based Future Analytics will be on 5 November and a number of workshops will help review the materials available.

    The e-learning platform will include BIMcert’s ‘bite-sized’ learning modules, including digital skills, BIM for contractors, advanced BIM, energy efficiency and BIM facilities management.

    With enhanced sustainable construction and energy efficiency skills the worker can engage in collaborative working routines through the entire construction chain.

    Andrew Hamilton is a lecturer in Architectural Construction and Technology at Belfast Met. He said: “The new platform is strategic for the future of construction.

    “BIMcert proceeded with the creation of a UK (RQF) level 3 qualification, which is a level 4 European Qualification level 4 and now BIMcert has developed a range of Digital Construction with Building Information Modelling qualifications.”

    Eugene added that “BIM is a modern digital technology supporting the sustainability targets of the construction sector and it has become a key requirement in building, where the information is managed through the lifecycle of a construction project.

    "The learner gets an understanding in the practice of 3D modelling for building information modelling. This includes architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical work. BIM software enables energy calculations by simulation techniques and one can translate BIM output data into decision making.

    "The BIM platform can stimulate demand for sustainable construction and an energy skilled workforce.”

    Log on to the BIMcert website https://energybimcert.eu/  and you can navigate your BIM journey.

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