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UW-Skanska New Certificate Program in Building Information Modeling


The 11-week course is available for students and professionals and teaches BIM software skills, and virtual design, and construction processes that have real-world applications. Next Session starts on January 5th and registrations will be accepted through January 12th. $25 Registration Discount for the first ten students who use the code "NewYear".

The new program was created to fill a current gap in the field of people trained to use data-rich virtual-reality modeling tools in building design.  

The program was developed collaboratively by the UW and Skanska to help the industry define and formalize a knowledge base for building information modeling (BIM). The course is taught by Carrie Sturts Dossick, associate professor of building management and director of the Center for Education and Research in Construction, with Mike Choquette, virtual design and construction director for Skanska.

“Students will come away with a very concrete and applied understanding of current practices using building information modeling tools and processes,” Dossick said. “From a hands-on skill-based level, they’ll know how to use the software to work with models and interpret the information, and from a conceptual level, they’ll know why BIM applications are valuable to a project.”

Choquette said, “Skanska’s rich history of integrating emerging technology into the construction process will give students an inside look on BIM’s growing impact on a rapidly changing industry.

“Ten years ago, it was difficult to predict how valuable this technology would be in construction. Today, three out of four of our active projects use BIM tools, and they help us do everything from working more safely to deliver customer value by optimizing schedules, improving quality, minimizing waste and enhancing lifecycle management.”

Dossick said the program, called the UW-CERC/Skanska Building Information Modeling Certificate, has the potential to significantly help shape the career trajectory of graduates.

“Nationally, we’re seeing the emergence of a specialized role for these professionals and a trend where they’re moving from being BIM managers all the way to executive roles for technology,” Dossick said.

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