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Experimental Application of the Personalized Learning Method to a BIM Class

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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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BIM and Virtual Construction Environments

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25.611.1 - 25.611.9



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Julian H. Kang Texas A&M University

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Julian Kang is a History Maker Homes Endowed Professor of construction science at Texas A&M University and Director of the BIM Texas Alliance. Kang has been teaching BIM at Texas A&M University for more than five years. His primary research interests include BIM, stochastic construction simulation, and radio frequency identification (RFID) in construction. He is interested in investigating how these emerging technologies would contribute to productivity improvement in construction. In 2009 and 2010, Kang organized the BIM Texas Conference in Houston and Dallas, where more than 200 construction professionals in Texas attended to discuss the gaps between owners and contractors in understanding BIM. In 2011, he organized the BIM Texas Alliance with owners representatives across Texas to bridge silos between architects, general contractors, and facilities managers in terms of using BIM. He is also serving the American Concrete Institute (ACI) BIM Committee as Chair of the subcommittee for education. He earned his Ph.D. in construction engineering and management from the Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Kang worked at Korea Power Engineering Company (KOPEC) for nine years, where he led an effort to best utilize Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technology for nuclear powerplant design and construction since 1993.

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Experiential Application of Facebook for Personalized BIM Class Julian Kang, Ph.D.1A Building Information Modeling (BIM) class for construction often uses industry-sponsoredhands-on class project to teach students how to use BIM for construction planning andacquisition. Hands-on BIM class project used at Texas A&M University asks students to read 2Ddrawings, produce a 3D model from scratch, come up with their own construction schedule usingbasic information provided by the industry sponsor, combine the 3D model and constructionschedule to produce a 4D construction sequence model. Upon coming up with the scriptexplaining their construction sequence, students produce several time-line animation clipssupporting their script, and edit them together to produce a 3-minute video clip explaining howthey want to build the building. The instructor has to teach students several computerapplications including Autodesk Revit, Autodesk NavisWorks, Google SketchUp, Google Earth,and Microsoft MovieMaker before they start creating 3D model, 4D construction model, andvideo clip. Facilitating students to pick up necessary proficiency on these applications in a veryshort amount of time has been challenging. The BIM class at Texas A&M University utilized thepersonalized learning environment to facilitate students to learn multiple BIM applications.This paper presents the concept of the personalized learning environment, how Facebook createdthe personalized learning environment in the BIM class, how the personalized learningenvironment helped students pick up necessary proficiency on multiple BIM application.                                                                                                                1  Associate  Professor,  Department  of  Construction  Science,  Texas  A&M  University,  College  Station,  TX,  U.S.A.  

Kang, J. H. (2012, June), Experimental Application of the Personalized Learning Method to a BIM Class Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21368

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