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Skills Bootcamp in Software (Engineering/Architectural Technician Plus)
September, October and November 2021 16 weeks

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Architecture and Engineering modellers today increasingly need to move beyond the out-of-the-box software installation and apply coding solutions to drive efficiency or complexity.

There is also a growing ecosystem of third-party developers creating apps that add-on to the market-leading tools to answer specific industrial needs and the big software developers monitor these third-party apps, quickly buying up the most promising. 

This Skills Bootcamp focuses on the most popular scripting tools for adding value to the workflow of leading authoring tools, exploring the APIs and coding languages used to interact with them. These skillsets are in high demand and learners will stand out in job interviews.

On this course you will gain an understanding of the basic fundamentals of programming. You will learn practical methods for planning out code logic. You will cover terminology and concepts commonly used in programming. You will learn how to present program designs into practical applications using Dynamo. You will have an introduction to basic programming in Python. During the course you will complete practical exercises to complement the theoretical knowledge you gain on the course and will be assessed using a virtual project activity using real design models to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts covered on the course. After completing this course you will be able to use Python and Dynamo to created and interact with Revit models including the ability to extract and analyse project data. You will be able to communicate more clearly with specialist software engineers/programmers and to produce prototypes of bespoke solutions with clear requirements specifications that specialist programmers could then use to build highly optimised products.

Attendees will develop skills to create multiple, company-wide business intelligence dashboards, provide custom datasets for everyday operations, and command a variety of processes at the console level. Essential skills for those wishing to move into data analytics for operations and business intelligence.

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If you are interested in this course please register your interest by emailing Tanya Vlasova on or click the button above.

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Course Information

Delivery Method Online Delivery

Mode of Study

Start September, October and November 2021

16 weeks

Architecture, Built Environment and Construction, Digital, Tech and Creative

The course will be coordinated by Professor Paul Vickers and Dr Kay Rogage, Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University.

The course will be delivered remotely by White Frog.

White Frog offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in education and training in BIM in particular and the construction sector more generally. White Frog has an international strategic view of Digital Engineering education across every construction sector and learner age group. White Frog’s in-house technical authoring team has a proven track record of designing and delivering courses at multiple levels for the sector including:

  • Co-author and delivery partner for “Design Engineer Construct' ('DEC') Learning Programme to inspire children and young people age 11 - 18 years to explore technical and professional careers in the digital Built Environment and provide access to UK accredited qualifications.
  • Strategic implementation of BIM across Ethiopia providing training to the ministries for housing, infrastructure, energy and water, building and geotechnical.
  • Co-launched the Sino-British BIM Academy in 2015 at Beijing Jiaotong University, government backed forum aimed at graduate skill requirements, resulting in the formation of the China BIM Academic Forum (BAF) which was formed in 2018 with a centre of excellence at Suzhou University.
  • Content providers for the BIM Institute in Southern Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius providing learning to universities and professional institutions.
  • National External Auditors for BIM by the National Commission on Examination and Assessment for Skills and Qualifications, China.
  • CITB Digital Leadership programme developers and trainers.
  • Vocational Training Council and CIC Hong Kong course providers to academia and industry bodies.

Skills Bootcamps are part of Lifetime Skills Guarantee initiative funded by the Department for Education [DfE] designed to help people develop skills that are in demand and increase their future employment opportunities.

Fees, for those meeting the eligibility criteria, are fully funded 100% by Government for those:

  • Employed, self-employed, or
  • career changers/returners/redeployed, or
  • unemployed within the last 12 months

Co-funded at 30% (non refundable) by the employer and 70% by Government for those employed where their employer is training their own employees.

Each application is to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and further details on the cost of the provision will be discussed during the application stage.


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