BIM Academy is a place where tomorrow’s leaders are trained in BIM processes, standards, workflow, and tools. BIM Academy’s vision is “To become a global leader in Digital Engineering and its application to the construction industry – enabled by world class BIM Academy”. L&T BIM Academy and Experience Centre is established with a mission to build skills and competencies among L&T professionals and then to implement BIM at L&T Projects.
Regular trainings and awareness sessions are performed on BIM technologies and standardized BIM implementation. This initiative is overseen by the Digital Engineering Division of L&T Construction. This training programme offers the opportunity to study software tools under the supervision of a subject matter expert in this field, to facilitate the implementation of working professionals with the ability to develop and transform their ideas in the project. BIM Academy has trained over 1500 candidates to work with BIM software in last couple of years.
BIM Co-ordinator Certified Program is the first role-based training program deployed by Digital Engineering team in BIM academy, which is aimed to fill the gap of non-availability of BIM Co-ordinators at project sites. As a BIM Co-ordinator, your primary responsibility is to ensure that all members of the project team are following the BIM Execution Plan. This ensures that everyone is using the right software, exchanging data regularly, and adhering to the model standards set forth in the plan. In addition to these duties, BIM Co-ordinator might also be responsible for training new team members on BIM process and maintaining the BIM models throughout the project lifecycle.
20th February 2023, “BIM CO-ORDINATOR CERTIFIED PROGRAM” was inaugurated at BIM Academy in presence of Mr. R. Ganesan (Head - Corporate Centre) and Mr. K. Veerappan (Vice President & Head - EDRC, B&F IC). They wished luck to the team for their brighter future. Candidates from all ICs, who are potential field BIM Co-ordinators were the participants for this training program.
“On integrated platform is where we integrate 3D with time which is 4D and control project quantity and cost which is 5D and
generate organisation level dashboard which gives senior management a consolidated view of the health of the project”
“This is well curated course, which covers all the Technologies and responsibilities that a BIM coordinator should have.”
Mr. S. Mariram and Mr. M. Valliappan from Digital Engineering team covered about the federated model and visualization techniques in integrated BIM platform.
Also, they covered Introduction to 4D BIM & Integrated platform Bexel Manager Application. Candidates were provided hands-on training on user interface, creating project file, walkthrough & fly through the model and interoperability.
Ms. Geetha Hariharan – Head Engineering (SS & UPD BU) who is also heading BIM activities of PT&D IC,
spoke on how BIM is used in PT&D projects, especially on substations from design to execution stage.
She showcased a cross section of the PT&D substation building integrated model to explain the integral parts of substation.
Mr. Raja. P from Digital Engineering team began the program enhancing the technology growth of AR, VR and MR and their
applications throughout L&T’s project practices. He demonstrated and explained how a BIM room is set up in project sites.
Virtual reality technology is one of the increasing uses in construction industry, it creates a realistic 3D environment that human can experience as real and interact within realistic way.
3D model of the BIM experience centre was created, a demo of the same model was given. Candidates were shown how to use BIM room for collaboration. They were also given hands-on practice and experience with the devices. He addressed how the AR and VR devices help to refine and optimize the design development at every stage of projects. Animated simulations were developed to visualise how products will be used over time. He gave insights over compatible softwares and hardware available in the market and required system specifications to run the process.
Mr. Hardik Narendra Patel – (Head BIM EDRC PAF SBG), described his experience on how technology evolved from AutoCAD to cloud platform.
He shared his experience on traditional sketching from blueprint to latest CDE cloud platform facility.
He also spoke about how BIM models are prepared individually at work in progress stage and then federated in which clash checks can be performed easily.
Following his presentation, Mr. Kishore Kumar Dasam – (Sr. manager - BIM B&F IC), being the subject matter expert in Common Data Environment did detail hands-on training on BIM 360 platform.
BIM 360 is a cloud-based data storage & management solution for all project needs and requirements. It provides mobility-access across the globe, it has high secured data management system also it provides single source of truth to manage data across the project. It supports in built online viewer for various applications such as MS office, Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks, PDF etc.
Mr.Sangeeth Kumar (Engineering Manager - Heavy Civil IC) shared his experience on BIM in his projects quoting “BIM requires a fundamental change in working style, which is a massive cultural shift from an adversarial culture to collaborative culture” depicts how a small portion of each phenomenon is apparent, with the majority hidden beneath the water's surface. He further highlighted on
Role and responsibilities of BIM Co-ordinator as an educator, planner, innovator was discussed insisting the trainees to think out of box.
He gave a positive impact on the career that there are many open doors to BIM Co-ordinator related position in construction sector.
Following his presentation
Mr. S. Mariram and Mr. Aravindraj C M from Digital Engineering Team commenced the training on 4D & 5D BIM technologies, work progress, demonstrated and handled candidates using integrated BIM platform Bexel manager. Candidates were taught how to integrate 3D model elements to project planning schedule in the integrated platform for both baseline and actual progress schedule. During the day the candidates were trained to create 4D simulation, delay analysis, project progress and forecast review based on colour coding system.
Also, candidates were introduced to quality and cost control i.e 5D BIM EIP integrated BIM report was showcased to all candidates. This was a great eye-opening session for all trainees, to effectively use integrated platform to do progress review. Quote ALS
“The increased use of digital information and Modeling software applications in the design development and delivery enhances the designer’s ability to anticipate, spot & foresee hazards & risks in the design. A 4D animation will be used to review, assess & communicate construction options, hazards and risks.” Bangalore Sreevatsan Mukund – Head - Building Information Modeling
Construction is one of the areas of employment where hazardous conditions are part of the everyday working environment. The construction site is prone to many hazards and serious mishaps can happen if safety is ignored. All construction materials, tools, machinery, and handling techniques come with their own dangers. In comparison to other industries, the construction industry’s rigour for controlled health and safety is still not fool proof. Traditional safety planning procedures are time-consuming and labour-intensive, and they rely on the expertise of individuals participating in the process.
The candidates were given introduction to standards, process, and workflow of implementation of BIM for safety on the projects. Various construction scenarios were showcased to show how hazard could happen in site and by implementing BIM for safety, how it can be avoided.
As a part of BIM Coordinator Certified Program, BIM in Formwork – An Awareness session was conducted by Mr.Amitendra Nath Sarkar – Head Formwork System upgradation & Standardization was conducted in Toubro Hall, HQ campus with over 100 attendees.
The ice-breaking session started with the fundamentals of BIM and formwork. An explanation on BIM model details with an example of a specific element was adding up the specifics of parameters, performance, quality, and safety was described.
Detailed explanation of formwork planning and instructions for formwork engineers on how to adopt and use BIM concept in real projects. Mr. Amit informed that by adopting BIM and standardising the components was demonstrated standardise the components, 20,000+ Existing formwork item codes were reduced to 600+ numbers.
On the CoE website,( link ) 580 components of the BIM model workflow were initiated sequentially and assembled methodically.
Model information was provided on how to establish a parametric family, use it in Revit, and adjust the values of the parametric choices and dimensions.
He also explained about the placement of nested family components, standardisation of all formwork components, and construction of a BIM Formwork component library.
Detailed overview of BOQ and its calculation was clearly explained on how to run the script for automation.
All 18 candidates were given MCQs at the end of each session and based on their performance were evaluated and certified.
Mr. K. Veerappan, Vice President & Head - EDRC, B&F IC, congratulated all the candidates and handed over the BIM academy’s “BIM Co-ordinator Certificate”
Glimpses of feedback by candidates who attended this BIM Co-ordinator certified program
“This role-based training program gave us an opportunity to learn many new things in BIM”
“I got good idea on the role of BIM Co-ordinator and required technical skill to perform as BIM Co-ordinator”
“I will take my learning from the program to my project to ensure better quality, planning and savings”
“Many thanks to all who conducted this training session. I will ensure to keep the BIM academy staff posted on whatever implementation and achievement done by me in the project site by using the skills learnt in the last 5 days.”
For candidates feedback (BIM Co-ordinator certified program Feb 2023)
Currently, the first edition of the BIM Coordinator Certified Program is done successfully.