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BY AMY DREW THOMPSON

In the time since its introduction,
says Meredith Woods, director, education
advancement and credentialing for AGC,
the BIM Education Program and Credential
has grown by leaps and bounds.
"When the exam was first completed,
AGC had nine testing centers. Now we
have 29." So, too, has it grown beyond the
nation's borders, offering pilot programs in
Mexico and Canada. "Different colleges, like
the University of Nebraska at Kearny, have
brought the curriculum into their classrooms, even allowing students to earn their
CM-BIM."
The technology, of course, will continue
to evolve and so, too, shall the program.
"The focus is on practical information
and application with a strong theoretical
underpinning," says Jonathan Widney, president of Solibri LLC who's been involved with
BIM since 2002. He works with AGC as an
instructor and author.
"The approach takes a lot of effort to stay
current with the field practices," Widney
notes. "The program has attempted to stay
current, and continues to share a glimpse
ahead so attendees have a sense of confidence that this is an important foundation
for their personal growth."

EVOLUTION
Education, says Widney, has become a
sought-after item and people are hungry
to learn.
Josh Bone, CM-BIM, started 3D modeling
more than 16 years ago as he and his colleagues were looking to streamline the construction documentation process. "Working
with design professionals using CAD at that
time resulted in a lot of errors and omissions
in their documents. We were trying to find
a better way."
A consultant for the Texas-based
JBKnowledge, a Houston Chapter member,
he has been implementing, training and
presenting construction technology solutions for more than a decade and seen the
program changing throughout.
"There are a lot of powerful tools to
choose from today," Bone says. "Users can
select macro-level BIM tools that focus on
specific areas of design and construction
or micro-level, which provide a lot of functionality with many options. While the tools
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are getting stronger, the user experience
has improved, greatly reducing learning
curves. BIM is now accessible to anyone on
the jobsite through the use of smartphones
and tablets."
An unintended benefit, says Maryland
AGC President and CEO Champe McCulloch,
"may be to change the popular image of construction as just big guys sweating, although
that certainly isn't the intended future." His
chapter began its BIM education in 2011.
Since then, they've had 47 participants take
all four units and pass the CM-BIM exam.
Another 39 have not yet sat for it. "It's been
updated...to keep current and address feedback from users."
AGC's Woods says individuals need to
keep current - and through the association,
that should be easy.
"The CM-BIM was designed to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of
concepts related to BIM adoption, practice
and process," she explains. "AGC continues to update the program to keep up with
new technology, as well. All units are being
refreshed and will be released in 2017."
Jason Burkett, CM-BIM, found himself
in Bone's class - along with his company's
owner and two other project managers for
the Georgia-based Rawlins Plumbing, an
AGC Georgia member - after two previous
projects required to have coordinated drawings done through the BIM process. They
had subbed out the work to a CAD shop
and were not pleased with the service or
the drawings.
"After spending the day going over the
course, I was very excited about BIM and the
possibilities it held ... and since I was - and
still am - the nerd of the company, I was
selected to be 'the BIM guy.' I dug in deeper."
His title has since morphed to BIM manager. He is not alone.

MOVIN' ON UP
More than 650 industry visionaries have
earned the credential to date. And that number is rising - rapidly - because BIM is not
only advancing the ways in which construction happens on the whole, it is advancing
careers, as well.
"The AGC BIM Education Program has
become a foundation and a professional
accomplishment for any who have achieved

the credential," Widney explains. "This
creates an expectation within the industry
that those who have taken the course are
familiar with the topic, understand the need
(and benefit) of a collaborative process and
acknowledge that it takes a shared vision to
effectively execute a good project."
Dana Rampulla, CM-BIM and LEED green
associate, would likely agree. Rampulla is
the procurement agent and preconstruction
engineer for the Maryland-based Turner
Construction Company, a member of multiple
AGC chapters. She says her designation is
continually something her peers and potential clients want to hear more about when
her company bids on upcoming work.
"The designation is something that in my
experience has been regarded highly, especially since there are not many formalized
testaments to an individual's experience
with BIM."
She has since become an instructor for
the AGC Maryland chapter.
"I enjoyed the connections I made within
my own CM-BIM cohort and thought maintaining ties with the CM-BIM program
via instructing would provide continued
exposure to other viewpoints around the
industry."
"The information learned through the
BIM courses helped to launch my company's involvement with BIM and helped to
shape an overall understanding of what we
were moving toward," says David Suddath,
CM-BIM and virtual construction manager
for Atlanta-based Eckardt Electric, an AGC
Georgia member. "I believe it gave us great
information in the beginning to ensure that
we took the right steps at the right pace."
What's more, Suddath - a project manager in the pre-BIM days - enjoyed a very
natural, very positive career move.
"Through the certification program as
the need progressed within the company,
I changed positions to virtual construction
manager, and we now have a department
of coordinators and drafters. My position advancement is directly attributed to
involvement in BIM, which began with the
certification program."
When we tapped Benjamin Crosby for
input about BIM, he shot back an enthusiastic, "Are you thinking of BIM as a noun
or a verb?!"

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2016

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
AGC’s CM-BIM Credential Program Turns Five
Simonson Says
Cultivate, Innovate, Accelerate at AGC’s 98th Annual Convention
One School, One Instructor, One Student, You: A Workforce Development Campaign
In Good Repair
‘Must-Have’ Technology Tools
Technology Toolbox
Project Collaboration Starts at the Top
Connecting Community and Commuters
2016 Software Services Guide
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2016 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2016 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2016 - AGC’s CM-BIM Credential Program Turns Five
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - Simonson Says
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - Cultivate, Innovate, Accelerate at AGC’s 98th Annual Convention
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2016 - One School, One Instructor, One Student, You: A Workforce Development Campaign
Constructor - November/December 2016 - In Good Repair
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - ‘Must-Have’ Technology Tools
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 36
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Project Collaboration Starts at the Top
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Connecting Community and Commuters
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - 2016 Software Services Guide
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Final Inspection
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