BakerHicks duo take on Lead Judge role at WorldSkills UK BIM competition
Alisder Brown and Gary Hogg from BakerHicks’ specialist Building Information Management (BIM) team are acting as Lead Judges for the 2019 WorldSkills UK BIM series.
The pair have been involved in the competition from its inception, working closely with Michael Maguire, Lecturer and BIM Lead at New College Lanarkshire and Steve Taylor, Partner Development Executive at KnowledgePoint, to create the competition content. They also acted as judges at the inaugural competition at WorldSkills UK LIVE in November 2018. The success of this event meant that the BIM competition has become an official fixture in the 2019 series.
The series saw the best architectural and engineering students in the UK with a particular interest in BIM battle it out across three Regional Heats for a place at the National Championships, which will be held in Birmingham in November. Competitors are tested on their ability to produce, coordinate and quality check multiple 3D Project Information Models in a Common Data Environment, including configuring and inputting clarification and asset information. They are also judged on their ability to demonstrate a full understanding of and ability to use the ISO 19650-1 and 19560-2 BIM standards in a range of situations.
The Regional Heats took place throughout June, with competitions at Salford University (3rd June), New College Lanarkshire (5th June) and London Southbank University (18-19th June) in association with Autodesk and KnowledgePoint. The judges are now in the process of deliberating the results and the best students will go through to the National Championships. The top three students will then go onto the British squad where they will receive further training and from these one will get the opportunity to represent Great Britain at WorldSkills 2021 in Shanghai.
Trevor Strahan, Head of BIM at BakerHicks said:
“The WorldSkills series is a fantastic initiative that gives the future stars of our industry the chance to showcase their skills and gain an insight into the standards and pressures they can expect once they start their working careers. It really can be a stepping stone on to the next step in their careers for the competitors. We employed two of last year’s competitors after they demonstrated an extraordinary level of skill, knowledge and passion for BIM.
“Alisder and Gary are committed to helping develop skill and knowledge within the BIM industry and I’m hugely proud of their involvement in the WorldSkills series.”
Alisder and Gary were also on hand on the second day of the London Southbank University event, which formed part of the Autodesk University event, to answer any questions and discuss how BakerHicks are using VR/AR on projects.