Waldeck Launches New BIM Academy
28th August 2013
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Design Consultancy Waldeck is investing in the future of the UK construction industry by setting up an academy to train young people in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Following the launch of the Government’s Construction 2025 strategy, which states that BIM will become mandatory for all centrally procured Government contracts from 2016, Waldeck has developed a training programme to equip school leavers and graduates with the skills needed for a career in digital engineering.
Paul Waldeck, who founded the business in 1995, said he welcomes the strategy and is keen to support the growth of a highly skilled British workforce.
“Thousands of jobs within the sector have disappeared because of the recession and with them so have the skills which are needed if the UK is to profit from the predicted growth in the global construction market,” explained Paul.
Waldeck was one of the early adopters of BIM in the UK construction industry and it is key to their future growth strategy. Digital design is becoming more and more prevalent and many of the country’s major building projects, such as the flagship Leadenhall Building in London, have relied heavily on the use of BIM.
Paul continued: “We’re currently working alongside Charcon Specialist Products and main contractor Costain on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station and have produced a detailed, as-built 3D model of the station using Tekla BIM software.
“The project was recently named BIM Initiative of the Year at the prestigious Building Awards 2013 and we’re keen to pass our knowledge and experience on to the next generation of designers.”
Waldeck’s new BIM Academy has enrolled six students so far who will initially be trained in CAD (computer aided design). The best ones will then progress to BIM and will have the opportunity to work on real-life projects.
“As a business we’re investing thousand of pounds training these young people and we hope to be able to offer them a rewarding career working on some of the most exciting construction and property projects in the UK,” added Paul.
“And while many competitor firms are seeking or already possess an offshore solution to the skills crisis by outsourcing design and detailing work to firms in places such as India, we’re bucking the trend and creating an onshore solution by creating British jobs for people who live here in Britain.”
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