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BIM: A Bridge to Promote Industry-Academic Partnership in Construction Engineering

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 5

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Brayan Díaz North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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I am a Fulbright Scholar, currently in a program towards a Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM- Science Education at NCSU. I received a bachelor's and M.Sc. in Chemistry at the University Federico Santa María Technical University (UTFSM). I was very proud to receive a Trajectory Sport Award for athletes who have demonstrated leadership and highlighted sports careers at UTFSM and Undergraduate Research Grant from the Center of Ionic Liquids (CILIS-University of Chile). My interests are focused on studying the pedagogical theories that are linked to teaching-learning strategies. I am especially interested in understanding the linkages between the different learning styles and skills of engineering students and their success in pursuing the goals that they had set for themselves when they entered the University.

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Cesar Delgado North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC

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Associate Professor, STEM education Dept. at NC State University. Dr. Delgado researches students’ knowledge and learning of the magnitude of variables, including spatial and temporal scale. He also studies visual representations, project-based learning and modeling. His externally-funded research includes an NSF EHR CORE grant developing virtual reality environments for the teaching and learning of scale (co-PI), and an NSF IGE grant analyzing and improving graduate engineering and computer science courses (co-PI). He teaches courses on technological tools for teaching, the learning sciences, learning theories, equity and diversity, and methods for teaching. He wrote the supporting materials for a course on project-based learning that is being enacted in 44 universities in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

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Kevin Han North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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Assistant professor, Dept of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University.
PI of NSF IGE and IUSE projects. Interested in creating and validating new ways to teach by developing tools and applying educational theories.

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This article reports on student perceptions of an innovative graduate construction engineering course using BIM and industry-academic collaboration with extensive construction site internships. The course, Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Construction, was designed and implemented to help students develop deep BIM learning and allow them to apply this software in real engineering companies. The students were immersed in construction companies, as interns on construction sites. Our research goals were to study the students’ learning and any impacts on the companies’ practices; in particular, how new communication skills, tools, symbols, concepts, and procedures disseminated in both directions. Open-ended survey responses from the years 2017, 2018, and 2019 were analyzed using the constant comparison method to allow themes to emerge from the data. The analysis of these data shows 1) The course evaluation survey was effective in capturing the opinion of the students about key aspects of the work-integrated learning (WIL) experience; 2) Recommendations made by some students were actually implemented by companies; 3) The students find a clear connection and opportunity to complement the learning objectives of the course with work in companies; 4) The WIL experience required students to dedicate more hours per week to the subject than for regular classes; 5) Some barriers hinder the implementation of WIL experiences. The curricular integration of work experiences appears to effectively support the development of students into highly skilled construction engineers. This paper extends the knowledge base on WIL by identifying how students develop as brokers mediating the academic and professional communities, and tracing the bidirectional flow of information, concepts, procedures, and materials between the academic and professional communities.

Díaz, B., & Delgado, C., & Han, K. (2022, August), BIM: A Bridge to Promote Industry-Academic Partnership in Construction Engineering Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--40995

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