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Scandinavian collaboration using BIM

For two days students from Sweden, Norway and Denmark collaborated on a BIM workshop (Building Information Modelling) gaining both new technical/software tools as well as communication and collaboration skills. James Harty and Christian Laustsen, both teachers in the Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction Management programme had run an intensive workshop for two days concerning tools for Building information Modelling (in short called BIM).

Af Camilla Wittenkamp

The intention of the BIM workshop was to show across Scandinavia what is possible in terms of collaboration and time efficiency using BIM Students from Sweden, Norway came here for an intensive workshop where they were integrated with the Danish students from the Danish line and the international line working on ten topics relevant for BIM, from financial modelling to facilities management.
 
Collaboration and communications skills
James Harty explains why BIM is the key element in the building industry in the near future:
 
“We have this classic image of each profession where architects, engineers and contractors are each in their towers, (silos), they have respect for each other, but don’t cross boundaries, but what BIM does is that you are responsible of what you are qualified to do, but you have better understanding, a better integration with the other designers and specialists on the design thing. A lot of students have heard of modelling, and want to know how to do that. Communications, collaboration skills and networking are essential in the building sector. We must stop being so fragmented - a fragmented industry is not a productive industry.”

Student network
During the two days workshop the students did also have time to socialize and hang out. But it is obvious that the students did not come to Copenhagen on a pleasure trip.  During the break the students engaged in lively discussion on the implications of BIM. Rapidly solutions to problems spread across the room.
 
Nicolai Palsbo (4.semester, Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction Management , International  line): “I realized how I can use BIM better during the whole process. I have learned a bunch of new programmes. Also it’s interesting to see how the Swedish students work on BIM.”
 
Carina Vilhelmsen (3.semester, Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction Management , Danish  line) has gained new technical tools: “It is been very inspiring to meet new teachers introducing new elements of the BIM technology. I have gained a lot of new information. Also we have started working together across the Danish and international line.”
 
Lecturer, James Harty is highly satisfied with the workshop: “They learn more from each other than they do from us as the teacher’s role is more coaching than actually traditional teaching. We still have the important knowledge, but the students have to execute.”
 
Collaboration is the future
James Harty recently finished a Ph.d. on modelling which started out with a technical problem but ended with a psychological problem: “How can you trust my work and how can I trust your work?” is a common issue so collaboration is the future!
 
Scandinavian collaboration on education programmes
Charlotte Møller, head of studies, tells that KEA, Copenhagen School of design and technology and Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, Sweden, has started working on student exchange programs. The six Norwegian students participating in the workshop are possibly interested to apply for course credit and to top up their education with at bachelor from KEA after they finish their education from Norway.
 
The workshop has come about within the frames of the Scandinavian development project FLIBA – future leaders in the building industry. FLIBA aims to develop the education programmes in the construction industry across national borders and between local educational entities. FLIBA’s function is to help leaders in the construction industry gain the necessary leadership skills to create more efficient and productive enterprises. Learn more on www.fliba.eu

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