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BIM THERE? DONE THAT?
If you haven't, you might want to.

BIM is, in many an industry pro's estimation, the future of
construction. And if you want to "go forth and BIM," having
the CM-BIM designation tells your potential partners you're
on your game. The AGC Certificate of Management-Building
Information Modeling is an assessment-based credential that
denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to
BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in
the AGC BIM Education Program.
Four courses, one cert to rule them all. Complete all four
and you're eligible to apply for the certification (all four are
mandatory). Exam information is available at https://www.agc.
org/learn/education-training/building-information-modeling/cmbim. Fees, collected post-application and review, total $550.

Crosby's first go-round with BIM (the
noun version, in his construct) was way
back in 2007. He had to create a float for a
Christmas parade. In six hours. With minimal
volunteers.
"I had to get the plan across to many
people very quickly, so I modeled it and it
worked beautifully."
He knew it would, though, as his previous (verb) experience on the U.S. General
Services Administration's pilot program for
BIM had taught him something important:
"Collaboration and a willingness to work
together for the benefit of the project was
much more significant than 'having a model
or three.'"
It was this drive to coordinate via models, he says, that turned into a request for
his presence as the director of BIM/VDC for
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction, an Arkansas
Chapter member, the position he holds today.
He's an instructor, as well.
"When ACG released a formal program
- books, slides and an EXAM! - Yates and
I jumped at the opportunity. This meant I
needed to attend classes and take the exam
to be sure it was what we were looking for
... and it was! We quickly set up and hosted
five sets of classes in a couple of months [in
various locations throughout Mississippi,
Texas, Alabama and Tennessee]. This gave
Yates and its guests - architects, engineers,
tradespeople - the base of knowledge necessary to start collecting and using models."
The CM-BIM, Crosby says, designates
those who have advanced on the learning curve. "It then translates into a mark of
leadership in our VDC program. And Yates
got them all shirts, too!"
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McCulloch says BIM awareness is pretty
much universal at this point.
"The issue is cost and owner-driven
demand. What could accelerate the adoption
of BIM as standard practice would be better
documentation of the benefit to contractors
of using BIM even when it's not specified
by the owner. Nothing gets a contractor's
attention like real-world examples of savings and increased margins.
"[Additionally,]...younger construction
professionals are usually the virtual design
mavens. That's one reason why BIM may
help the industry attract the young professional constructor it desperately needs."

"GO FORTH AND BIM!"
A few years ago, amid working hard in
a position as a senior CAD technician, Craig
McIntyre was looking to expand his knowledge and skillset.
"I believed that BIM was the way of the
future and the way to move forward and stay
competitive in this ever-changing industry,
but I had no opportunities to work in a BIM
environment."
He enrolled in AGC's CM-BIM program.
"It is a very well planned out course with
great instructors that cover everything from
current BIM technology to contract negotiation and risk allocation to process, adoption
and integration," he says. "They even go as
far as bringing in lawyers who specialize
in BIM to teach related law and contract
language on a local, state and federal level."
McIntyre's new certification gave him
what he needed to make the jump. Now in
a new position at AECOM, a member of multiple AGC chapters, he had the opportunity

to dig his heels into modeling, setting up a
structural CAD/BIM group for the company's
Pennsylvania region, assisting the regional
CAD manager at developing more streamlined and unified CAD processes that will
work better in a BIM environment and keeping everyone up to date on all things BIM.
"Because of my certifications, I've been
included in several different CAD/BIM committees and been designated a subject-matter expert on BIM."
Networking at this year's BIMFORUM
proved fruitful; McIntyre met and collaborated with a host of experts, attended
workshops and has since been leading
initiatives at work to further develop specs
for BIM to include more information for the
transportation sector, including bridges,
complex or movable bridges and rail and
plant processes.
"I can honestly say that since receiving
my CM-BIM certification, my career has
skyrocketed. The cert has opened so many
doors for me, on many different levels and
given me a renewed sense of direction
and passion."
Crosby is similarly passionate. He says the
CM-BIM lends weight to his knowledge while
instilling confidence in others. He encourages
those interested to "go forth and BIM!"
BIM, he says, "is the process - multi-step,
multi-person, multi-effort, multi-result - of
virtually designing and constructing projects.
This can be a school warehouse, port, bridge,
power plant or treehouse! This means BIM is
for everyone in the AEC part of our world."
Like McIntyre, like all the professionals
who have actively sought out certification,
Crosby believes BIM is the industry's future.
"Everyone will have to be as familiar
with BIM as they are with cellphones," he
says. "The CM-BIM will be the leaders who
are guiding the efforts and coaching people
along, and it is never going to stop! As the
computers get tougher, we will load them
up. As the new tech arrives [he cites Oculus
Rift and S.A.M., the semi-automatic mason
robot that lays between 800 and 1,200 bricks
per day], we will pull it in. And now, drone
regulations are opening up. The Hololens is
being distributed. We will have more tools
to BIM with."
And always, he points out, there will be
more gadgetry coming.
"And we will be able to use them all
to reduce the cost of building. It is very
exciting!"
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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 - 6
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 - 16
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
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - Project Collaboration Starts at the Top
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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 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Final Inspection
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