The Mechanical Contractors Association of America is introducing a new two-day course, BIM Technology for Mechanical Contractors, to be held Oct. 11-12, 2010, in Chicago. The course will present a logical, solid process for selecting BIM tools. It will explore significant applications and categories of tools across project phases and the positive effect BIM processes provide for quantity take-off, shop drawing and fabrication, and construction scheduling. The course also will explore the positive impact models have on estimating, scheduling and coordinating.

The goal of the course is to facilitate participants becoming BIM champions within their organizations. In a highly participatory, team-oriented learning event that balances group discussion and team assignments in an instructor-led format, participants will learn, understand and appreciate the:
  • Phases of a BIM project;

  • Categories of BIM technology;

  • Specific BIM applications;

  • Need for planning/organizing to use BIM tools;

  • Requirement to embed tools into process; and

  • Process for selecting relevant BIM tools.

Leading industry technology vendors will provide free product demonstrations in the evening of Oct. 11, so participants can get a first-hand look at what can be accomplished with BIM technology.

The association will also reprise its popular BIM for Mechanical Contractors introductory-level course on May 17, 2010, in Baltimore. This eight-hour course will delve into the following topics:
  • What is BIM and why does it matter?;

  • Getting started with BIM - the paradigm shift;

  • Benefits of BIM;

  • Roles and responsibilities;

  • BIM visualization uses and spatial coordination;

  • BIM scheduling, estimating and facility management (3-D, 4-D, and 5-D);

  • Mechanical construction case studies;

  • What to look for in the selection of BIM tools; and

  • BIM Action Plan template.

Both courses will take place under the expert guidance of David Morris, director of virtual construction for EMCOR Group. Morris has more than 30 years of experience performing and directing all phases of piping and mechanical systems for commercial, hospitality, industrial, and power generation construction. His current duties include improving BIM processes and sharing best detailing and virtual design practices across the 80 EMCOR Group companies.

The registration fee for the two-day BIM Technology for Mechanical Contractors course is $895. The fee for the one-day introductory BIM for Mechanical Contractors course is $795. The fee to attend both courses is $1,500, a savings of almost $200 off the individual course fees.

For additional information and a registration form, visit www.mcaa.org/education or contact Dennis Langley at dlangley@mcaa.org.

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