What is BIM?
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent, 3D model-based software-based process that provides architects, engineers, contractors, as well as asset managers and facility management companies with information and tools for optimizing the planning, design, construction and management of buildings and infrastructure. Advantages of BIM are:
- Improved quality of data, as they all go stem from a common database and are constantly synchronized
- Immediate and continuous availability of all current and relevant data for all involved
- improved information exchange between participants
- continuous updating of data throughout the life cycle of a building
- Extension of the 3D data with metadata, quantities, costs, dates and times
The improved data synchronization increases the productivity of the planning process in terms of costs, deadlines and quality. From 2020 on, BIM will be mandatory in Germany for all new infrastructure-related construction projects; It is to be expected that Austria will follow suit here soon.
BIM technology is also the basis for many new business models, which are expected to generate billions of dollars worldwide in the short term.
Why BIM Factory?
There is an enormous lack of BIM modelers in the Austrian economy – in particular when it comes to practical education and training for modelers.
By way of example, there is already a need for more than ten times as many graduates in this area than existing Austrian training paths will be able to provide in 2018.
Through a collaborative, intensive training program developed in partnership with professionals of the industry, the BIM Factory will train modelers in a 6-week full-time training program followed by a 2-week internship. State-of-the-art learning support through CodeFactory’s learning platform, lfeaturing multimedia content and case studies allow participants to learn at their own pace. Through application-oriented group learning and work in pairs, the participants develop a personal portfolio, which will be a huge asset in any later application process. Through the supervised internship, the participants will prove their knowledge, solidify it and apply what they have learned in a professional context. This ensures a maximum transfer of knowledge and significantly increases the likelihood of being hired by one of the many actively searching companies. Prior knowledge of construction design is not necessary, but the participants should be able to demonstrate spatial imagination, basic computer skills (at least ECDL level) and the desire to learn.
The conditions for enrollment:
For participation in the course the following conditions apply:
- Good knowledge of German, both written and in speech
- Advanced user knowledge on the computer
- Interest in technical and constructive topics
- Ability to work in a team
The following skills are an advantage:
- Experience in constructive occupations, or
- Experience in occupations that require coordination of multiple areas or teams
- Qualitative education on the computer, for example: ECDL
The perspective of the graduates
Even inexperienced BIM modelers can get a job in no time,i.e. in the large-scale construction industry. Companies such as the PORR AG as well as STRABAG AG need BIM modelers in numbers that far exceed the current availability.
Even small and medium-sized companies in construction, architecture and building management are constantly looking for graduates.
Gross annual salaries of at least € 40,000 are customary for job starters. Overpayment, i.e. through a high quality porfolio is to be expected.