Mace has developed a three-tier system of BIM “passport” qualifications for its supply chain, certified by Glasgow Caledonian University.
The training modules are written in-house by Mace, but endorsed by the university. They form a strand of the syllabus at the Mace Business School, a training programme for subcontractors working within the Mace supply chain.
The company says it is partly responding to the lack of an agreed industry standard on BIM qualifications. As BIM+ reported last week, BRE Global operates a BIM certification process for construction businesses, and has just issued its first certificate of compliance with the policies and procedures of Level 2 BIM to architect BDP’s London studio. However, the scheme is still seen as being in its early stages.
The Mace/GCU BIM 101 module looks at key concepts of Level 2 BIM, the value proposition and the principal documents behind it; 102 looks at Level 2 implementation in more detail; and 103 looks at the roles of various practitioners and supply chain members in delivering BIM projects.
David Philp, Mace’s head of BIM, is also a visiting professor at Glasgow Caledonian University.
At the same time, Mace is also upskilling all members of staff on BIM implementation, as part of its Asset Life-cycle Integration 360 policy (ALi 360), adopted at the beginning of 2014 as “a promise to ourselves and our customers”, according to head of design David Hammond.
“It’s about the way Mace have positioned themselves, making commitments internally and externally. It’s a specific 12-point plan which includes working with the supply chain,” Hammond told BIM+.
The first level of the internal course offers an introduction to BIM adoption and the project management procedures laid out in PAS 1192:2; the second covers BIM implementation.
Hammond said that Mace saw BIM as a “team sport” and wanted to share expertise with its supply chain: “We want to be very open with the rest of the industry, we’ve made a decision to be collaborative.”
It’s about the way Mace have positioned themselves, making commitments internally and externally. It’s a specific 12-point plan which includes working with the supply chain.– David Hammond, Mace