The future of construction looks to be in good hands. As BIM (building information modeling) continues to make a strong impact on the construction industry, students coming into the field might be able to teach existing construction teams a thing or two about using the technology.

Take, for example, Tanner Trimm. You could say the fourth-year construction science student at Texas A&M, www.tamu.edu, College Station, Texas, is getting a first-rate education on BIM. According to the Texas A&M newsletter, he recently capitalized on an opportunity to put his skills for digital design and modeling to the test during an internship with a leading construction company.

Interning on a project for Manhattan Construction Co., Oklahoma City, Okla., Trimm saw opportunity when the project architect stopped providing computer-assisted design files. This was important as the senior field engineer on the project was using these files in order to make project updates.

This is where Trimm’s education kicked in, as he leveraged his knowledge for how to create CAD (computer-aided design) files from a BIM model. He learned such skills being a student under Julian Kang, associate professor of construction science at the university, and a Constructech Vision Award judge.

Trimm was familiar with the clash-detection capabilities of BIM. This led to him becoming the lead on clash detection meetings with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing subcontractors for the job. And when the job was complete Trimm left behind a bit of knowledge, in the form of instructions for clash detection.

This, according to Trimm, included the creation of a few instruction documents, along with all the necessary filing systems and forms to use. In a way, his role helped set some of the processes in place for handing processes associated with BIM.

When education and practice converge in construction, good things tend to happen. As critical a process BIM has become to construction, it is good to see the future of construction very well could be in good hands.