BIM Certificate

>>SPRING 2017 Registration is now OPEN! Class begins March 28, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 pm (PST). <<


The rapid adoption of Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) in the design and construction industry has led to a strong demand for construction management professionals who can leverage the many benefits of BIM on their projects. This certificate program complements a professional degree or real-world experience by helping construction managers take an active role in the BIM process. The key differentiator of this program from other BIM education programs available today is the focus on applied BIM skills that can be readily useful in real project settings: what you learn in this program today, you can apply on the jobsite tomorrow.


This course is ideal for construction managers with limited to no knowledge of the BIM process or software packages. Those in related professions who would like to learn more about how construction managers make use of BIM, such as architects, civil engineers, MEP engineers, trade subcontractors, and those in related fields, would also benefit from this program.  It is also a great supplement for students currently pursuing one of these degrees looking to learn practical skills that could help move into a BIM-related role.

Students who successfully complete the coursework and capstone project will receive a Professional Certificate from the UW Department of Construction Management verifying participation in this course and can add it to their curriculum vitae. They will also be granted exclusive access to an online network of UW-Skanska BIM Certificate graduates to support both networking and inform future BIM-related information and offerings.


Please note that in order to successfully complete the course each student is required to have access to Autodesk Revit and Navisworks 2014 or later. Students taking the class remotely must provide the hardware, software and internet connection necessary to run these tools. This is not provided to students as part of registration. If you live in Seattle and plan to attend class in person at the UW CERC/Sandpoint facility we have the option of checking out a laptop provisioned with the required software for an additional fee. Please contact Julie Angeley for more information.



The hands-on course spans 11 sessions and includes a Capstone project and presentation.

The course is taught online and in-person for those folks in Seattle who would like to attend in person. The times are 6-9pm eastern /3-6pm Pacific. They are Tuesday evenings 9/27 – 12/6. The classes are all live and also recorded for later review.

  • Introduction to BIM
  • BIM technology Fundamentals, Part 1
  • Planning for success
  • Coordination and Clash Prevention
  • BIM for project reviews
  • Scheduling with BIM
  • BIM technology Fundamentals, Part 2
  • Quantities and component tracking
  • BIM in the Field
  • Capstone workshop
  • Facilities and Asset Management, and Course Conclusion

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Our Center for Education and Research in Construction and Skanska have teamed in order to develop a uniquely focused, applied Building Information Modeling (BIM) skills certificate course. Students will leave this program with tangible BIM software skills and an understanding of work processes, as well as enough industry context to decide why and how to leverage these capabilities. The blended delivery approach allows the program to be as accessible as possible for working professionals to attend, including those outside the Seattle area. This three-hour weekly course is held Tuesday evenings, with the first course offered  in Fall 2015. It is offered through the Department of Construction Management (not UW PCE) and will be hosted at the CERC Sandpoint facility as well as through online broadcast for those attending remotely.

About Skanska USA

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients.  Headquartered in New York with offices in 34 metro areas, we have more than 10,000 employees committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development. In 2014, our work in building construction, civil and power/industrial construction, commercial development and infrastructure development (public-private partnerships) generated $7.3 billion in revenue. The emergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and related technologies continues to reshape how we deliver projects. Our BIM-enabled approach threads together Skanska’s deep, award-winning legacy of construction expertise with innovative technologies and processes to improve the way we work. We have applied these cutting-edge technologies to every phase of the building lifecycle, from conceptual design through facility management. We are consistently ranked in the Top BIM Giants of Building Design + Construction and frequently cited in Dodge Data & Analytics Smart Market Reports.  Learn more about Skanska and our approach to innovation here.

About UW’s Center for Education and Research in Education (CERC)

CERC is a locus of research, scholarship and discovery in the UW’s Department of Construction Management and allied disciplines of architecture, engineering and real estate. Focused on the people and practices of a dynamic, innovative construction industry, CERC develops new concepts and innovative solutions as well as improves methodologies for design, construction and operations. With labs focused on Safety and Health, Project Delivery and Management, Virtual Design and Construction, Infrastructure Development, and Sustainable Built Environments the CERC faculty are not only experts and researchers in a wide array of topics but also lead the field in translating that expertise into excellent construction education practices and pedagogy to train tomorrow’s construction professionals.


The UW-Skanska Certificate in Building Information Modeling is principally taught by award-winning researcher Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick of University of Washington and seasoned BIM trainer and practitioner Mr. Mike Choquette of Skanska USA Building. Over the course of the program, they will also host a number of guest lecturers who are seasoned BIM professionals active in the field today. These experts bring current, real-life experience to the classroom environment to share best practices and lessons learned, while answering difficult questions relative to how BIM tools impact collaboration, communication, and quality in our rapidly changing industry.

  • Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick
    Associate Professor, Department of Construction Management, UW College of Built Environment. Executive Director, Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC)
    Dr. Dossick’s main research interests focus on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Current projects include technology and collaboration strategies for green building design and construction, global virtual teams, applications of BIM and COBie in operations and bringing BIM to the construction site via iPad. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Education, Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington Capital Projects, the College of Built Environments’ BE Lab and was awarded the College of Architecture and Urban Planning 2007 Dean’s Development Fund. She has previously collaborated with Skanska USA Building Inc. on integrated practices and formal Integrated Project Delivery research under the company’s coveted Innovation Grant Program.
    Read more about Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick’s research here and connect via Linkedin.
  • Mr. Mike Choquette, PE, CM-BIM
    VDC Director of Staff Development at Skanska USA Building Inc.
    With over 18 years of experience as a user and implementer of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) technology, Mr. Choquette serves as the manager and chief instructional designer of Skanska USA Building’s internal BIM education program, The College of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). Mr. Choquette is responsible for creating training materials that support Skanska USA Building’s ongoing BIM adoption. Courses in the College of VDC address the strategic positioning of BIM within Skanska, as well as hands-on technical training with BIM software. Mr. Choquette teaches these courses on a regular basis through in-person classes as well as live, web-based seminars.Prior to Skanska, Mike led a 28-person technical team of BIM Implementers for the U.S.’s largest Autodesk Reseller and Training Center, IMAGINiT Technologies and is also a recognized technical author and presenter. His efforts have included serving as an Autodesk University instructor, authoring ASCENT and Autodesk training manuals, and delivering BIM educational sessions to colleges and universities throughout the nation. His graduate research was included as a contribution to the Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation (John Wiley & Sons). Mr. Choquette holds a B.S. and M.S in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell, is a Professional Engineer (P.E.), and holds a Certificate of Management in BIM from the Association of General Contractors (CM-BIM).
    Connect with Mr. Mike Choquette on Linkedin here.