Wednesday, 6 June 2012

KS Customers - Examples of Good Practice

We've seen some really innovative use of the KS tools in recent months, from customers in the UK, North America and Australia.  So I wanted to drop a brief note on the KS blog to recognise these firms and highlight the work they've been doing.

In the UK, Jane Carter and the team at BDP have created a suite of modular MicroStation training material, called BDP Bytesize, and made this available to all users via the BDP Intranet, 'Planet'. Jane has mapped the Bytesize training content to the KS assessment meta data and can now link to the relevant training material, as part of the overall test results feedback.  The next step in Jane's plan, is to adopt the same approach for their Revit training program, using the modular content written by the team at White Frog (, as their Bytesize training library for the three disciplines of Revit.  Jane has created a new instance of the KS Revit Architecture assessment, by combining the standard KS 'fundamentals' test, with the KS Community White Frog question library.

In Australia, Dan Jurgens and his team at Cox Architecture have created a custom Revit test, by spending a considerable amount of time reconfiguring all of the Revit content available in the KS library.  This includes questions from the KS 'fundamentals' test, Revit Project Process, Revit Content Creation, KS Community Revit Process and workflow, plus some original questions written in-house.  The result is a challenging assessment for all Cox users, across 6 studios, which is creating a meaningful performance benchmark, together with a detailed training plan for all staff.

In Canada, Bruce McCallum and the learning and development team at DIALOG, are creating a powerful in-house assessment and training environment.  DIALOG was looking for an effective way to get more training completed for less time and cost, and partnered with Global e-Training ( and KnowledgeSmart to create a customized learning solution incorporating in-depth online skills assessments to determine skills gaps, combined with e-Training modules focusing on the areas that need improvement – specific to each employee. We are mapping the KS meta data for all Revit assessments, to the corresponding learning content, held in the Ge-T LMS.  Bruce is also submitting a paper for consideration at AU 2012, describing the process and the challenges his team has faced along the journey.


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