Delivering BIM training to Imperial College London

Jul 8
Imperial College London

Delivering BIM training to Imperial College London

At BIM. Technologies we think differently to other organisations, we take on projects that interest and excite us. We aim to share our technical knowledge with others so that they gain a greater understanding of BIM processes and the power of collaboration, not just for the project, but more importantly, for the people who deliver these projects.

We recently worked with Imperial College London (ICL) and devised a bespoke training programme, made up of a series of one-day workshops, to up-skill their inhouse project delivery teams.

We worked directly with the Project Team, Space Management and Facilities Management Teams, and after assessing their current knowledge base, and where the gaps lay, we were able to tailor our training to meet their exacting needs to enhance the already highly acclaimed ICL construction experts.

After the training was complete we spoke with Julie Neville, CAD Manager on the Space Management Team and asked her what outcomes had been gained by working so closely with BIM. Technologies:


BIM Technologies has recently provided training to the Space Management Team, what was the need that initiated the training?

We wanted to remain as knowledgeable as possible and improve our in-house understanding of BIM in the Construction Industry. Keeping abreast with improving technologies is essential, and ICL is always keen to “upskill” its employees. 

The training was developed specifically for ICL, facilitating and providing the practical application of new processes in order to meet your BIM Requirements. What were these requirements exactly?

ICL has always had project processes and follows British Standards were possible. Part of our learning process was to incorporate these into our new Employers Information Requirements (EIR). These now consist of client side BIM process and project team processes to include asset information, model production, information exchange and deliverables. 

The training was designed to fulfil the high level ‘BIM Task Team’ roles and responsibilities. Which roles did the training specifically target?

Training began with terminology and process learning. Reviewing our project process and including and updating our process map. A review of the model validation process and COBIE deliverables, in addition to the development of the EIR and understanding project BEP’s. 

What level of BIM knowledge/implementation did you have prior to the training?

In the beginning our BIM knowledge was limited, we had a minimum understanding, but did have a good knowledge of project processes and auditing to add BIM to.  We were in the early stages of our BIM adoption journey.

On which projects are you applying BIM?

At our new White City Campus – The Michael Uren Biomedical Research Hub. This 13-storey £70m building will comprise state-of-the-art laboratory and office facilities for the next generation of biomedical engineering research across technology and application themes. Work on the Hub is due to start on site in early 2017 and is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Has the training been directly applied/influenced these projects?

ICL have undertaken two BIM projects so far, one of which is a refurbishment project at our Hammersmith campus – this was a small(ish) project of around 10 rooms. With a design team also new to the BIM process, we arranged regular BIM meetings throughout the project which BIM. Technologies led and I shadowed.

I believe that both ICL and our supply chain in this project benefited from the knowledge we gained from the training. The project ended last summer and we gathered lessons learnt and applied these to our EIR’s and will be taking them forward for future projects including the Michael Uren building at White City.

What do you believe are the greatest benefits of receiving the BIM training from BIM. Technologies?

Our trainer was great and assisted all members of the team, both in workshops and on a 1:1 basis to cover individual activities being owned.

Also attending and taking workshops when required, and allowing shadowing of activities through the project process was extremely beneficial.

BIM Technologies I believe fitted in to our exact requirements, allowing all training to be completely tailored to us. There was flexibility in the delivery of the workshops which mean they could work around the team and our workload.   


Training was delivered to Imperial College London from January 2015 to March 2017.