The blue collar worker training issues
The BIMplement project highlighted two conflicting observations:
– for BIM to drive to a maximum improvement on the final quality of the construction, it is essential that all execution phase stakeholders, and especially on-site operators, use the models on the worksite, made accessible with freeware viewers and/or collaborative platform by companies,
– it is difficult to organize and carry out training sessions for site workers, from the site manager to the companions and craftsmen, because of the constraints of the construction site, even if the owner imposes these trainings. One of the major constraints is the difficult mobilization of companions and craftsmen for a full day training session.
Based on the experience gained during the BIMplement project, we felt it necessary to design a pedagogical alternative to the current training methods (full day training sessions). References are made to the contents presented in the previous chapters.
The Kit BIMplement : 12 one-hour training modules
The proposed principle is to design a 12-one-hour training sessions, that can be given to site operators by an employee of the company previously trained on the BIM process and the use of viewers, both on the BIM process and use of viewers, and on the use of the Kit BIMplement pedagogical method.
The ultimate goal is to enable participants in this 12-session cycle to acquire the necessary knowledge for the company to participate in a BIM process:
– understand the impact of a “BIM process” on the worksite and the role of site staff
– learn how to handle freeware viewers and to view the project BIM model
– learn how to find useful information
– learn to communicate via notes and documents attached to the model
– understand the use of a 4D schedule
The 12 modules are the following. A detailed version is available in the BIMplement deliverable D4.5.
- Present the project and show its progress with the BIM model
- Learn how to use a viewer and its basic tools
- Use a Viewer to find simple information
- Use the Viewer to Find More Complex Information
- Self-test of acquired knowledge and skills
- Communicate with the Viewer tools
- Locate, read and attach documents to the BIM model
- Use attached documents to improve on-site implementation
- Adapt the models to the needs of the site and the operators
- Use model quantification tools
- Understand the use of a 4D schedule
- Training evaluation and feedback
Implementation of the BIMplement Kit
The proposal, in this basic model is intended, for one company wishing to up-skill his own employees. However, it would be very advantageous to carry it out with several companies, especially those very involved in successful airtightness solutions. The idea is then to deal with this training at the global level of a construction project.
Many variants are conceivable, for example :
– Modules 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 are carried out with employees from different companies, allowing a real interoperability between different trades.
– a general contractor providing all the modules for the various team leaders of the subcontracting companies.
The company’s in-house trainer will be able to choose the most appropriate schedule to organize his in-house training, and preferably on the construction site, in order :
– not to disrupt the progress of the construction site
– to use the worksite BIM model, which will allow participants to better take ownership of the project and its digital version.