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July 04, 2016 by Asta Aksomitienė

This technological university with international ambitions turned to AGACAD for an innovative training programme which turned 25 faculty members into an expert BIM team ready to conduct integrated design projects and to more effectively teach BIM principles and practices to students of all levels. As a result, KTU now has the first university BIM team in the region.

Client Profile:

KTU is one the largest technological universities in the Baltics. Founded in 1922 in Kaunas, Lithuania, it is known for its business links, research leadership and interdisciplinary programmes.

KTU has more than 10,000 students n 149 study programmes at 9 faculties.

Business Need:

KTU’s Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture has as top priorities the integration of Building Information Modeling into all study programmes, exposure of students to state-of-the-art technologies, involvement of private companies in the learning process, and promotion of close cooperation between architects and engineers.

KTU sought the help of an industry leader to boost the capacity of its lecturer’s to achieve these strategic objectives. It selected AGACAD.

Solution:

AGACAD’s Autodesk Authorized Training Centre –one of the first to be established in Europe, back in 1988– designed and delivered an innovative 6-month BIM training programme for 25 lecturers at KTU’s Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The programme wrapped up in January 2016.

During the training sessions, held once or twice a week, the faculty members learned to use BIM software for integrated design, work as a team, and more effectively manage change.

Putting their new know-how ito practice, together they created detailed models for both small and large real projects.

Results:

The training gave KTU a competitive advantage as the home of the country’s first university BIM team. “There is no other teaching team that has such experience working all together on projects, using integrated software and applying all the working principles of BIM in real life,” stresses Darius Pupeikis, Vice-Dean for Studies at Kaunas University of Technology.

“AGACAD’s training transformed our collective understanding of BIM and gave professors valuable ideas for how to teach BIM at a university,” Pupeikis notes.

KTU lecturers praised the programme for its great combination of theory and practice, saying it opened their eyes to the tremendous possibilities BIM offers and how it is changing the very principles of design.

Even more importantly, they said, it also gave them hands-on experience – something that is invaluable both for them and for their students.

This initiative with KTU is part of AGACAD’s vision of working together with other AEC organizations “For the Good of the BIM Industry”. We actively support progress in the creation and development of the BIM industry in a market that offers benefits for all. Together we can build a better BIM!

Contacts for further information: info@aga-cad.com // +370 618 55 671.

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