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BIM Teaching Strategy for Construction Engineering Students

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Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Tagged Division

Construction

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

25.262.1 - 25.262.13

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https://peer.asee.org/21020

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56

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Ali Nejat Texas Tech University

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Ali Nejat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology at Texas Tech University. Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech University, he received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His teaching and research areas include Building Information Modeling and a variety of research studies in the field of infrastructure management.

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Muge Mukaddes Darwish Texas Tech University

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Tewodros Ghebrab Texas Tech University

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Assistant Professor of construction engineering

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Abstract

BIM Teaching Strategy for Construction Engineering StudentsAbstractAfter the introduction of Building Information Modeling to the constructionindustry in 1987, today we are facing an increasing demand for new technologyand well-trained professionals capable of utilizing it. Recently, the new idea ofhaving a comprehensive 3D intelligent model with the ability of being extended toa 4D model has caught a lot of attention and forced the construction companies tomove toward adopting the new knowledge and implementing it in their projects. This is due to a variety of reasons such as 1) acquiring the new technology tooptimize project cost and schedule, and 2) being competitive in the job market.However there are loopholes associated with the integration of this newtechnology which is basically the lack of well-trained individuals in the field.These loopholes are essentially twofold, the first is the scarcity of constructionengineering programs within the universities with a dedicated course in BuildingInformation Modeling and the second is the insufficient conceptual knowledgeabout the main purpose of information modeling among the programs which arebeing offered. In other words, the available courses are more focused on teachingthe modeling aspect of the technology rather than expressing the gained benefitsfrom the application of building information models for different phases ofproject development such as construction documentation, project quantificationand estimating, scheduling and 4d modeling, construction visualization, and clashdetection. This highlights the need for a proper teaching strategy for buildinginformation modeling from the perspective of academia. This paper aims tocapture the current state of practice with regard to BIM modeling in theconstruction industry and the current expectation from new constructionengineering graduates within the area of information modeling. Furthermore, thisstudy will pinpoint the topics which require more teaching emphasis to bridge theexisting gap between the expectation from industry and current BIM curriculum.Key words: Construction Engineering, Building Information Modeling,Undergraduate Education.

Nejat, A., & Darwish, M. M., & Ghebrab, T. (2012, June), BIM Teaching Strategy for Construction Engineering Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21020

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