CYPE and the University of Johannesburg have launched the institution's BIM Laboratory with the aim of providing university students with specialised training in BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology and new technologies applied to the AEC industry.
This initiative is part of a global project to update the technology content of the academic institution and, more specifically, of the Project Management Office, which is aimed at improving the students’ use of the latest generation of tools, helping them to face the digitisation that the construction industry is undergoing worldwide thanks to the use of BIM.
BIM is a collaborative work methodology for creating and managing construction projects that focuses on centralising all project information in a digital information model created by all construction professionals. This workflow makes it easier to manage large volumes of information in the best possible way, helping users make the right decisions based on the project's needs as and when they arise.
This way of working is based on digital models, allowing designers to collaborate with professionals from different disciplines in real-time, thus helping to minimise errors, reduce project completion time (both in the design and execution phases) and, ultimately, make work more efficient and productive.
BIM also facilitates the use of new technologies in the construction industry, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, big data and artificial intelligence, among many others. "In the CYPE VR BIM Laboratory we will provide students with new tools and all these technologies throughout their university years, preserving the strengths of traditional education and enriching them with the multidisciplinary vision incorporated by BIM", explains Benjamín González, CYPE's Director of Corporate Development.
This way, students will enhance their professional skills from a practical point of view by working on different areas such as managing software, processing information from different sources and formats on a single platform, workflow, planning or flexibility to deal with unforeseen events, all of this combined with new technologies.
This CYPE BIM Laboratory is the second of its kind that the Spanish technology company is promoting, as it opened one at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) in November 2021 which is improving students' options when it comes to joining the job market. This laboratory provides them with practical knowledge on the use of the latest generation of professional design and analysis tools.
Participation in the International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering in Cape Town
CYPE will also be participating in the 19th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering organised by the University of Cape Town under the auspices of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE).
At this meeting, the latest technologies applied to civil engineering and building will be discussed, as well as how they are being implemented via the use of big data, machine learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, together with BIM technology and digital twins.