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From BIM to Collaboration: Developing an Integrated Construction curriculumAdopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) Education as an essential component ofConstruction Management is challenging due to inconsistencies arising from variousskill levels, conceptual understanding of processes and existing methods of teaching.However, competence in BIM opens new avenues for research and in most casesimproves the marketability of students as they prepare for careers in construction andengineering. A BIM environment assures collaboration through participation. While thebenefits are significant, the hurdles faced in successfully implementing the BIMconcepts and processes are several. The technology being new, students are oftenmisled by an incomplete understanding of the subject; understanding BIM as anacronym for 3D design; rather than an appreciation of BIM as a process of sharing andsimulating information. Teaching BIM as a process versus a single software package isa common issue that may be effectively addressed through a stepped progression ofsmaller packets of information spread in different courses throughout the curriculum, so-called ‘vertical integration.’ Vertical integration of curriculum supports a comprehensiveunderstanding of a subject and the means and methods that form its core. Further,vertical integration of curriculum helps students retain knowledge from year to year asrepeated exposure to a subject, like BIM, allows students to build upon their previousknowledge. Often, vertical integration results in students understanding subjectsholistically rather than as a series of individual isolated topics. Only when a certain levelof understanding and knowledge retention is achieved can a BIM based collaborativeenvironment become fruitful.This paper addresses the hurdles faced by XYZ University in the implementation of BIMin a Construction Management curriculum. It further discusses the ongoing efforts ofdeveloping a vertically integrated BIM curriculum through a three pronged approach -teaching the tool, teaching the concept of BIM as a process, while promotingcollaboration.
Ghosh, A., & Parrish, K., & Chasey, A. D. (2013, June), From BIM to Collaboration:A Proposed Integrated Construction curriculum Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19632
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