Training the Team of 20 Road Engineers on the integration of BIM Workflow for Infrastructure projects

Team NPD Ltd has recently achieved a significant milestone by becoming one of the certified companies in the innovative Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow. With a focus on using the powerful Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro, this accomplishment propels NPD to the forefront of technological advancements in the construction industry.

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As Rwanda’s largest road construction company, NPD’s commitment to excellence in civil engineering and mega projects spans an impressive three decades, making this achievement a testament to its dedication to continuous improvement. This training in Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro was not just a routine training program for NPD; it was a milestone that underscores the company’s dedication to staying ahead of industry advancements. 

NPD recognizes the dynamic nature of the construction sector and understands the importance of equipping its teams with the latest tools and knowledge to meet evolving project requirements and industry standards.

With Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro, NPD anticipates a transformative impact on its construction processes. The software’s advanced features facilitate comprehensive 3D modeling, allowing for a more accurate representation of projects. 

This not only aids in visualizing the final outcome but also enables proactive problem-solving during the planning and design phases, minimizing costly changes during construction.

Here’s a glimpse of the transformative topics covered during over week of our training:

Introduction to BIM and BIM Collaborate Pro

We started by defining what is BIM and why is it crucial in road construction and design. This was followed by the benefits of BIM in terms of project efficiency, cost savings, and collaboration, and creating a BIM Collaborate Pro project. We also helped the team understand the different user roles: Project Admin, Project Member, etc. Concluded by setting up user permissions for effective collaboration.

Software Interface and Basic Functions

We explored the cloud dashboard, project overview, and file management, how to upload and organize the design and construction models, how to manage versions and revisions, using the built-in viewer to review and navigate models plus adding markups, comments, and annotations.

Project Collaboration and Model Coordination

We trained the team on coordinating models from different disciplines (Wet utilities, dry utilities, etc.). Using Clash Detection to identify and resolve clashes in designs. The creation, assigning, and tracking issues within the platform. How to Integrate issues with the models for clear communication. We trained how different teams from different locations can work on the design process in real-time, helped by understanding how simultaneous editing works in the cloud.

Advanced Features and Workflows

This training section focused on the integration of BIM Collaborate Pro with other software tools, focusing on Civil 3D. Followed by managing and syncing data between desktop and cloud. Generating project reports, visualizations, and analytics. Extracting valuable insights for decision-making. Setting up custom workflows and processes. and closed by incorporating company BIM standards and templates

BIM Implementation and Best Practices

Understanding an implementation strategy and BIM Execution Plan for NPD as a company, Identifying challenges and solutions, Implementing best practices for effective collaboration using BIM Collaborate Pro. and ensuring data integrity and security

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has evolved as a transformational strategy to improving the efficiency, accuracy, and collaboration within the building and infrastructure development industry in an era of fast technology growth.

This training for integrating BIM Workflow for Road Infrastructure Development in Rwanda was a lively and interactive event designed for Rwandan road infrastructure companies and professionals who wanted to adopt BIM techniques to promote innovation and excellence in their projects.

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Certification Ceremony

The team, under the leadership of the company’s Kigali Infrastructure Project Design Team Leader, Eng. Philippe Dufatanye, participated in the certification ceremony for the year 2023 alongside other trained companies and professionals. The event took place at M Hotel, Kiyovu.