Construction and engineering skills addressed by latest academy launch

Chris Clifford, director of Education at risual; Norman Buckberry, Senior manager gobal education operations at Autodesk and April Hayhurst, business development director at Derby College signing the risual Autodesk Academy agreement partners and local employers at the risual Autodesk Academy launch at Derby College.

Derby College has launched the risual Autodesk Academy at the Roundhouse to upskill teachers and students in the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology software.

IT software and hardware has been installed in a dedicated learning suite at the college to support the study programmes for further education and higher education professional construction and engineering staff and students as well as apprentices and employees at local and regional businesses.

The Academy is a partnership between the college, Microsoft IT experts and construction industry software experts Autodesk (who specialise in 3D design and engineering software for manufacturing, building and construction) and Cadline – who deliver CPD workshops and training construction and engineering staff as new users on the Revit software and providing project and industrial support to students.

Construction and advanced manufacturing apprenticeships will be available through Derby College in partnership with risual, providing apprentices with the latest industry knowledge to the construction and advanced manufacturing sector.

Derby College launched the risual Microsoft Academy in November 2015, which has been a success in generating apprenticeship growth in the D2N2 LEP, and industry relevant workshops are already underway with 15 members of staff across the College being trained to become Microsoft Certified Educators.

Lee Mullin, construction technical specialist at Autocad, said: “With building projects becoming increasingly complicated, building information modelling reduces the risks involved in construction with positive impacts on delays, safety and budgets.

“Furthermore, from April 2016, all Government departments can demand BIM as part of the procurement briefs for projects with the key objective of reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20% by 2020.”