Cadnet launches online BIM training portal

Specialist BIM consultancy Cadnet has launched the first online learning portal dedicated to providing training on BIM.

Students of the BIM elearning programme will follow an entirely online tuition course, selecting and purchasing individual modules and working through them at their own pace.

Meanwhile, Cadnet is also understood to be in close contact with the CIOB in relation to developing potential training packages for CIOB members.

And the BIM consultancy is also understood to be working directly with a number of major contractors to deliver bespoke packages for their training needs.

There are 12 courses in the BIM elearning programme, developed in conjunction with specialists in construction and the built environment. They cover key aspects of BIM, from design & build and sustainability, to post occupancy evaluation and demolition processes.

Prices range from from £29 to £49 per module, including VAT, and the company says its offering is more cost effective than current face-to-face or classroom-based BIM training.

The modules can be accessed via, and combine on-screen and audio presentation and assessments. A certificate is available on completion of each module.

Cadnet’s training modules can also be viewed using tablets and iPads.

Colin Williams, Cadnet’s managing director, said: “We deliberately developed the BIM elearning portal to bridge the gap between the current two-speed adoption of BIM in the industry. Whilst most companies are aware that BIM techniques offer more efficient methods of designing, creating, maintaining and decommissioning assets, many, particularly SMEs, find the expense – in cost and staff time – a real barrier to BIM uptake.”

The programme’s flexibility means it can be tailored to reflect a company’s needs, either for the large-scale training requirements of major contractors or the needs of budget-constrained SMEs.

Cadnet is a BIM practitioner and consultancy, and part of CADS Group, which also includes Tait, C A Design Services and 3d Architects.

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  1. It is also important to focus on the data management systems that will be used for FM, building modification, and sustainability by the owner, particularly for complex facilities such as labs and hospitals. There are now good data management systems that structure such systems for building management systems. One such system is the Brick data management system. Another is Haystack. We need to move in this direction and get away from static systems that simply port data from one tool to another.

  2. Andy, you are spot on. I now use the term BIM to mean Better Information Management, with the geometric modelling aspect in its place as a part, not the whole.

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