Mumbai, 1st May, 2014: Tekla India, Building Information Modelling (BIM) software provider for the engineering and construction industry today announces strategic alliance with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the RICS school of Built Environment. The partnership is formed to build a critical mass of quality talent pool and create better employment opportunities for young professionals across the construction and infrastructure industry.

The new collaboration will help educate students on BIM technology using Tekla Structures on the Real Estate and Construction Management courses that RICS School of Built Environment offers in their campuses in India. As a part of this 2-year course, the program provides students with a firm foundation on Tekla Structures Building Information Modelling (BIM) software. As a strategic partner, Tekla India will also be part of RICS’s conferences and workshops.

The construction industry is the second largest industry of the country. The use of new technologies and deployment of project management strategies has made it possible to undertake projects of mega scale. In its path towards automation, the industry has to overcome a number of traditional and technical challenges. Hence, professional training opportunities in the field is important as it will help the industry work better, while achieving greater accuracy, efficiency, and cost management.

”We are very proud to announce this one of a kind industry–academic partnership with RICS India. Volume of construction and infrastructure is increasing in India and use of BIM can lead to enormous gains for the industry. Qualified BIM professionals are needed. It is thus important that we train the younger generation joining the construction & infrastructure industry in their nascent stage. This tie-up benefits the student community and provides the industry with a larger talent pool. Together with RICS we ensure that the best professional education is offered to students keen on joining the industry,” says Mr Nirmalya Chatterjee, Tekla India Business Director.

“We are honored to be associated with Tekla as it will further enhance our education curriculum at the RICS School of Built Environment by providing our students with expertise & knowledge to improve their skills and giving them an edge in an increasingly competitive market,” says Mr Sachin Sandhir, Managing Director, RICS South Asia.

With advancement in technology, the new era of automation in construction brings growth moving from the manual drawings to the 3D modelling and digital level of engineering. The introduction of the newest version of Tekla’s BIM software has improved construction workflow efficiency by providing the means to better organize models, manage tasks and avoid structural clashes.

Construction is about collaboration. As architectural trends produce increasingly complex shapes, and buildings include more refined technology, information exchange becomes more important. Information management remains at the core of BIM, and building today’s structures requires more information than ever before. The new professionals need to well equip with the latest developments and technologies in the rapidly growing sector.

About Tekla

Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models to provide greater competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. Established in 1966, Tekla has customers in over 100 countries, offices in over 20 countries, and a global partner network. Tekla Building & Construction is part of Trimble Buildings, a group focused on technology solutions that improve collaboration, efficiency and accuracy across the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of construction.

About the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Advancing standards and professionalism in land, property and construction With over 185,000 members across 146 countries, RICS is the world’s leading self-regulatory professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, construction and associated environment issues. RICS works in public interest and performs diverse roles to create professionalism and standards in the built environment industry. RICS is headquartered in London and governed by a Royal Charter, which requires it to work in public interest. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society.