In the UA Revit training, students learn the importance of coordinating with the other trades. They go through mock scenarios to get a feel for a real-world project. The training pairs up apprentices with journeymen to educate the apprentices while inspiring the journeymen. Even if they never work on detailing, they leave the program understanding how to use BIM 360 or Navisworks, and Ashburn said, “It immediately translates to the field.”
The indepth training goes from the fundamentals, through coordination in the VDC environment to advanced skills like spooling, family creation and scheduling. Whether the members are apprentices or 20-year journeymen who have never used technology, the design training courses will turn them into detailers. An extra feature of the training, which was added after some feedback from course graduates, is a workflow diagram developed by Ashburn – basically a how-to for getting started on a “digital” job. UA can now be confident that their trained people can start at a job and be productive from day one.
As a result of design training, students learn how things work and learn to speak the language of VDC. Their employers, in turn, will benefit from better collaboration resulting in minimal RFIs.