BIM says bam to blueprints - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

BIM says bam to blueprints - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

BIM says bam to blueprints

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal by David Goll, Reporter Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 10:52pm PDT - Last Modified: Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:59am PDT

BIM, building information modeling, is nudging aside blueprints in the industry.



David Goll
Reporter - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
BIM is brimming with potential. Computer software that allows architectural firms and construction companies to engage in virtual design and construction activities yields big reductions in costs and building schedules.

After spending $450,000 to jump into the BIM revolution several years ago, officials of Blach Construction Co. in Santa Clara realized there was a distinct shortage of prospective employees being trained in this specialty. Purdue University in Indiana and California State University, Chico were among a small handful of schools with BIM courses. So they approached former San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Superintendent Rosa Perez to see if she would agree to launch such classes in Silicon Valley.
"She thought it was a great idea and told her people to make it a priority," said Juan Barosso, Blach's vice president of pre-construction services.

Four years later, it's a reality. A three-semester BIM course of study started Sept. 6 at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, enrolling 27 students working on certificates. According to Barosso, plans are already afoot to make the course a full two-year program that will award an Associate of Arts degree.

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