University of Nottingham becomes first in the UK to incorporate specialist built environment software training into courses

Monday, 20 March 2023

Architectural and engineering students have become the first in the country to collaborate with Building Information Management (BIM) software specialist Glider as part of their courses.

Since 2020, the University of Nottingham has hosted sessions with Glider to educate students on BIM and has also integrated sessions where they learn about gliderbim® software into courses.

Sarah Davidson, Associate Professor and Director of Education and Student Experience for the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering said: “For the third year running the University of Nottingham has been using gliderbim® to help develop students’ understanding of the UK BIM Framework and management of information through a Common Data Environment.

“With Glider’s support, undergraduate and postgraduate students have successfully configured and implemented gliderbim®, developing their skills to create a digital, rules-based approach to information management. They have been able to set up various data requirements, enhancing their understanding of different plans of work, Uniclass, and the UK BIM Framework, they have structured naming conventions and workflows and have explored how to use gliderbim® to collaborate and share information efficiently. 

This practical process is proving to be a hugely beneficial experience that will serve them well as they progress their careers in the built environment.
Sarah Davidson, Associate Professor and Director of Education and Student Experience for the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering

The educational initiative addresses the importance of teaching the next generation of built environment professionals about information management and BIM, at a time when the industry is navigating an ongoing skills shortage.

It’s not only rewarding to help students with their studies and to prepare for their careers, but imparting our knowledge at educational institutions is vital for the future of the industry.
John Adams, Head of Product at Glider

John continued: "BIM is now a mainstay of the AEC industries, so it’s essential for any young people who want to go into these sectors to have at least a foundational understanding of BIM software and how it works. At Glider, we’re proud to support BIM career planning through the provision of educational resources.”

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