Double delight for NCL’s Architectural Technology team


New College Lanarkshire’s Architectural Technology team has been shortlisted in two categories in a prestigious industry awards scheme.

The BIM Awards 2020 acts as a platform to honour organisations at the forefront of innovation in digital construction.

BIM, which means Building Information Modelling, is a fast-growing discipline within the construction and built environment sectors.

The third annual BIM Awards feature nine categories, with New College Lanarkshire named as a finalist in the Best BIM Training Programme category, in addition to recent graduate Patrycja Wisniewski being shortlisted as one of three contenders for the BIM Rising Star accolade.

Patrycja, who lives in Wishaw, recently graduated in HND Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology (CAADT) from our Motherwell Campus, where she studied for three consecutive years.

She said: “Being shortlisted for the BIM Rising Star award feels really good. In fact, I already feel like a winner with everything that I have achieved so far.”

Patrycja made the decision to return to education following the birth of her daughter – and she is now employed as a Trainee Civil and Structural Technician with BakerHicks.

Patrycja added: “I decided that it was time to do something with my life to secure a future for my daughter and myself.

“I have been interested in building design for many years, but was never good at hand sketching, and that’s when I found out about CAADT.

“After a quick research, I found that New College Lanarkshire is one of the leading colleges in Architectural Technology in Scotland, so I decided to apply.

“College gave me a good understanding of what will be expected when working in industry and taught me how to use software, so it definitely helped with securing my current job.

“I received a lot of support from lecturers during those three years – they are very helpful and understanding and treat students like equals.”

The winners of the BIM Awards 2020 will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Boiler Shop venue on Wednesday 26th February.

The Awards are the centrepiece of the two-day BIM Show Live 2020 conference, which features keynote talks and seminars on the technological advances in digital construction.

The judging panel for the awards consists of David Miller, Stefan Mordue, Sarah Rock, Rob Jackson, Emma Hooper and Mark Taylor.

Furthermore, another recent graduate of New College Lanarkshire, Sophie Orr, won the BIM Rising Star award in 2019, which is designed for candidates with less than five years’ experience.

Both Sophie and Patrycja recently competed at the WorldSkills UK LIVE three-day ‘skills olympics’ in Birmingham. Sophie brought home a gold medal in Building Information Modelling, while Patrycja received a highly commended award.

Michael McGuire, Lecturer and BIM specialist at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Being nominated for these awards speaks volumes about how New College Lanarkshire is leading in the design and delivery of innovative education in digital construction and BIM.

“From the outset, we strived to design a course that delivered the practical application of BIM and developed the knowledge and skills that industry is crying out for.

“To be shortlisted alongside experienced and well-known industry giants is testament to the work ethic of our students and staff.”

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