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A Holistic View of Building Information Modeling Education in Post-Secondary Institutions

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Construction Education

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26.56.1 - 26.56.10



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Namhun Lee Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Namhun Lee is an assistant professor in the department of Manufacturing and Construction Management at Central Connecticut State University, where he has been teaching Construction Graphics/Quantity Take-Off, CAD & BIM Tools for Construction, Building Construction Systems, Heavy/Highway Construction Estimating, Building Construction Estimating, Construction Planning, and Construction Project Management. Dr. Lee’s main research areas include Construction Informatics and Visual Analytics; Building Information Modeling (BIM), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for construction management; and Interactive Educational Games and Simulations. E-mail:

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SEOK HEON YUN GyeongSang National University

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Professor, Architectural Engineering Dept., GyeongSang National University

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A Holistic View of Building Information Modeling Education in Post- Secondary InstitutionsABSTRACTBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) has gained significant momentum in the constructionindustry. More than seventy percent of the construction industry is currently using BIM withpositive business returns. Nowadays, construction companies in the United States have creatednew BIM and VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) positions to make the transition to a newpractice that integrates BIM into their organization. Nevertheless, one of the greatestimpediments to utilize BIM is the lack of individuals who possess BIM skills and VDCknowledge. This results from a lack of adequate BIM education and training. Therefore, BIMeducation, aligned with the integrated practice, is essential to robust and appropriately educatedworkforce preparation and successful industry BIM adoption. Challenges to incorporating BIMin post-secondary institutions include introducing BIM tools in an introductory course,integrating BIM in advanced courses, and developing faculty BIM skills. The main goal of thisstudy is to best incorporate BIM into a construction management (CM) curriculum in post-secondary institutions. As an initial step of this study, this paper proposes a holistic view of BIMeducation within a CM curriculum. The successful implementation of this proposal, with thereliance on the expertise of a small number of BIM-literate faculties, can be leveraged to meet allthe aforementioned challenges.

Lee, N., & YUN, S. H. (2015, June), A Holistic View of Building Information Modeling Education in Post-Secondary Institutions Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23397

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