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From BIM to Collaboration:A Proposed Integrated Construction curriculum

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Building BIM into Construction Curricula

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23.618.1 - 23.618.9

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Arundhati Ghosh Arizona State University


Kristen Parrish PhD Arizona State University

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Kristen Parrish is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability and the Built Environment at Arizona State University (ASU). Kristen’s work focuses on integrating energy efficiency measures into building design, construction, and operations processes. Specifically, she is interested in novel design processes that financially and technically facilitate energy-efficient buildings. Her work also explores how principles of lean manufacturing facilitate energy-efficiency in the commercial building industry. Another research interest of Kristen’s is engineering education, where she explores how project- and experience-based learning foster better understanding of engineering and management principles. Prior to joining ASU, Kristen was at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-11) and then a Scientific Engineering Associate (2011-2012) in the Building Technologies and Urban Systems Department. She worked in the Commercial Buildings group, developing energy efficiency programs and researching technical and non-technical barriers to energy efficiency in the buildings industry. She has a background in collaborative design and integrated project delivery. She holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Civil Engineering Systems from University of California Berkeley.

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Allan Dee Chasey Del E Webb School of Construction, Arizona State University

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Dr. Allan D. Chasey is the Program Chair for the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University and the Sundt Professor of Alternative Delivery and Sustainable Development. He received a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. He is Director of CREATE, Construction Research and Education for Advanced Technology Environments, a research consortium of companies representing the Advanced Technology design and construction industry.

Dr Chasey is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Arizona and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), and the Semiconductor Environmental, Safety, and Health Association (SESHA). He is also a LEED AP B+C.

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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.

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