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Holger De Groot


CEO & Founding Director

Holger de Groot is the CEO and Founding Director of Modmation, having more than 15+ years of extensive experience within the AEC industry. As a certified BIM Manager, he has accrued invaluable experience in (building) information management and digital project delivery through his work in Australasia and Europe. Holger is also the Vice Chairperson at buildingSMART Australasia, registered with the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony (#020262) in Germany, a Sessional Lecturer at the University of NSW and a sought-after author and regular speaker at high level industry conferences. Before Holger founded Modmation in 2020, he has led the BIM implementation while employed at HDR as their National Director of BIM for the Australian region, and at Grimshaw Architects as their Office BIM Manager for the Sydney studio, advising on BIM matters at all levels. Today, Holger’s professional experience, technical competence and conceptual understanding of BIM and Digital Engineering allow him to support clients strategically in what digital project delivery looks like and to provide resources to clients who need strong BIM and Digital Engineering capabilities.

 What to expect during the event

Why getting BIM certified if you already got the job you wanted? You may have even had it for several years, and by now you well and truly know the dos and don'ts of BIM. There are plenty of arguments for both sides. For the most part, certifications (or at least, the act of getting them) usually add value. This session will explore the pros and cons of BIM certification. Not all education providers are made equal. Some will provide you with the certification, but not the quality education behind it. It is important to research providers and the course content in advance and settle on an institution that knows what they are doing. Quoting the buildingSMART International website, their "Professional Certification enables learning organisations to educate and certify individuals according to a recognised global learning framework." This session will explore how the buildingSMART PCERT program which is being adopted in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and the Americas, can be used as proof of competence for professionals working with BIM. • Understand how the PCERT program looks to address standardisation in BIM education. • Learn how the international framework for the PCERT program creates a benchmark for training and certification. • Discover how the PCERT program can help you to demonstrate your knowledge is consistent with international standards and best practices.

BIM Certification – Why Getting Certified If You Already Know Your Job?

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