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BIMing Construction Engineering Curricula

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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25.263.1 - 25.263.14



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Don Chen University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Don Chen has a B.S.C.E., July 1992, from Tongji University, Shanghai, China, in civil engineering; a M.S.C.E., Dec. 2002, from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in civil engineering; and a Ph.D., Aug. 2006, from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in civil engineering. He is an Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, the Williams States Lee College of Engineering, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 2009 to present. He was an Assistant Professor, Department of Technology, College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., Aug. 2006 to Aug. 2009.

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John Hildreth University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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BIMing Construction Engineering Curricula Don Chen1 and John Hildreth21 Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management,University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; Phone (704) 867-6299; Fax (704) 867-6577; email: dchen9@uncc.edu2 Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management,University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; Phone (704) 867-6166; Fax (704) 867-6577; email: john.hildreth@uncc.eduAbstractBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) has been used by various construction engineering(ConE) programs to fulfill the Body of Knowledge (BOK) requirements, such as cost estimating,construction scheduling and control, project administration, and contract documents. Currently anumber of BIM software packages are available to ConE educators. However, guidance to selectan appropriate BIM software and an understanding of how this software can be used to instructaforementioned requirements is minimal to nonexistent. This paper seeks to address thesechallenges by developing a BIM model of a case study building using one of the most popularBIM solutions, Autodesk Revit products and Navisworks, and a commonly used schedulingsoftware,. 4D simulations and clash detection of the BIM model are performed. And theprocedures of achieving the 5th dimension of the BIM model, cost estimating, are recommended.This paper outlines strengths and limitations of software packages used in this study and anotherBIM solution, Vico Virtual Construction Suite, and presents a suggested work flow for a futureBIM course. The findings of this paper have tremendous potential to directly benefit ConEeducators by providing a template to integrating BIM into an existing course or implementing astandalone BIM course within construction engineering curricula throughout the country.KeywordsBuilding Information Modeling (BIM); construction engineering (ConE); Body of Knowledge(BOK); Autodesk Revit; Navisworks; Vico

Chen, D., & Hildreth, J. (2012, June), BIMing Construction Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21021

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