This article was originally posted in the Fall/Winter 2017 edition of The Cornerstone. Faith Technologies' Learning & Development (L&D) Program provides employees with the top training, tools and career development courses to help them succeed in their current positions and future career goals. One prime example of this is our industry leading Apprenticeship Institute. It's uniquely designed for entry-level field employees with the goal of developing skilled crafts-people with both a broad-based skill set as well as specialty training. While this covers the majority of our workforce — our field staff — we have recently added curriculum to our L&D Program to further engage and train our preconstruction, manufacturing facilities [Excellerate] and field leadership teams in the technology implemented by our Virtual Design and Construction teams. This knowledge will be the catalyst that most efficiently translates cross-departmental collaboration through Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) to our Design and Engineering services for a faster, more efficient information transfer to our workforce at Excellerate and in field. TRAINING There are a myriad of services that teach CAD, Revit and Bluebeam to the masses. While adequate, they simply cannot delve into how a company specifically utilizes the tool for data unification. At Faith Technologies, Revit is our main BIM and engineering software for creating documentation for projects. With this tool, we've tasked our team to not only learn what the software can do and how to do it, but also asked them to do it in a very specific manner to facilitate the move from the computer screen to physical objects installed for a project. While teams may utilize dozens of different softwares to design, engineer and model — each with a specific task in mind — the following is focused on how Faith Technologies cut down standard training time, implemented processes and procedures within the training, as well as automated some of our daily tasks. RECORDED CONTENT Everyone in the construction field comes to the table with a different set of knowledge. Understanding that Revit knowledge varies from "no knowledge" to "expert," we've created training content with our own specific processes built in. These short videos cover specific tasks and end with a small quiz on the content covered. Based on the results, the employee moves to the next lesson, or the technical team and the employee's supervisor are notified to identify further training opportunities and areas of improvement. Sample Dynamo program codingAUTOMATED PROCESSES Font size, dimensions, text type, drawing format... with so many standards it can be overwhelming to someone who just wants to jump right in. In a world where results are measured, "drafting standards" are one of the first things a customer sees, so a misstep in consistency can overshadow a brilliant design. Faith Technologies works in Dynamo, a graphical programming software, to create a script allowing us to detect missed standards. The result allows us to identify training needs and provides functionality to fix these issues automatically. This allows us to model and design within standards, with a safety net. This process is called our "Model Health Check" and will greatly reduce the review process by lead engineers and supervisors by 75 percent. DATA UNIFICATION Enter once, use everywhere. We may be good at our jobs, but when we duplicate information in multiple products, we increase the opportunity for error. Knowing this, Faith Technologies has initiated alliances with software companies and has created "bridge programs" as they make significant investments in creating a single data unification software to reduce this opportunity for error and increase overall efficiencies. Successfully bridging schedule, cost and model data together provide a real-time snapshots of the physical world to the digital world, providing benefits to the project team and owner. DATA TO THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS The ever widening gap of available skilled trade labor has left the construction industry with very few options to increase capacity. Industry change agents, like Faith Technologies, has turned to manufacturing with automated processes to allow for a greater degree of safety, accuracy and time savings. With the utilization of time studies, Faith Technologies has been able to identify areas to increase our efficiencies within our Excellerate manufacturing facilities. Cutting metal-clad (MC) cable, wire pulling, pipe bending and cutting openings within panels and j-boxes are some of the processes being implemented. Thanks to the efforts of Data Unification, we are able to utilize our design to feed information into machines to perform these tasks. This allows our field leadership to focus on projects, work with clients and mentor future field leaders. SUMMARY Training is more than just opening the book on how software works, you need to delve into how your organization wants to utilize the software to bring efficiencies to the organization, not just the department. This will be crucial as the industry faces a shortage of skilled craft professionals.

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.