San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.262.1 - 25.262.13
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. 10.18260/1-2--21020
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