St. Louis-Based Construction Professional Among First to Receive National Accreditation in Use of Building Information Modeling
Tomislav Zigo of Clayco is One of the First to Pass Rigorous Assessment for Building Information Modeling Certification Chicago, Ill. (November 17, 2011) – Tomislav Zigo of Clayco’s St. Louis office is among the first to receive a new national accreditation in the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM), a process that relies on computer-generated models to better manage construction projects. The professional accreditation, which is being offered by the Associated General Contractors of America, is the first assessment-based credential torecognize construction professionals on their ability to use the process.
Mr. Zigo was one of 34 construction professionals nationwide who tested successfully to receive the new professional accreditation, the Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM). Candidates first had to complete the BIM Education Program, a series of four courses the association developed to help construction professionals learn how to use the construction process. To date, more than 3,800 professionals across the country have entered the association’s education program.
“Seeing the shared passion of the people involved in the design and construction process across all the disciplines, and then having the opportunity to support that passion by implementing a well considered methodology on a range of incredible projects, is what inspires me,” said Zigo, director of Virtual Design and Construction at Clayco Inc. “Becoming accredited means that I or any member of my team can be considered a trusted resource for all things BIM-related to Clayco’s work, and our clients can be assured that they will equally benefit from our expertise.”
The education program and assessment-based certificate were developed by a group of industry experts assembled by the association. The assessment is administered by approved testing centers at nine of the association’s chapters: the AGC of Metropolitan Washington DC, the Nebraska Building Chapter, the San Antonio Chapter of AGC, the AGC of Wisconsin, the AGC of St. Louis, the Houston Chapter-AGC, MasterBuilders Association of Western Pennsylvania, the Maryland AGC and the AGC of Michigan. The association plans to add new centers on a regular basis.
“This new credential is a way to recognize professionals who have demonstrated a real mastery of the building information modeling process,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “It is yet another way that this association is helping the construction industry embrace new methods of project delivery.”
Sandherr added that the association plans to make continuous updates to the education program and the assessment to make sure it keeps pace with technology developments. For more information about the CM-BIM accreditation or the association’s BIM education program, visit http://www.agc.org/cs/cm-bim.