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Implementing Building Information Modeling in Construction Engineering Curricula

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Emerging Information Technologies

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Computing & Information Technology

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22.818.1 - 22.818.18



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Don Chen University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Professional Preparation
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Civil Engineering Ph.D. 2006
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Civil Engineering M.S. 2002
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Statistics M.S. expected in 2011
Tongji University, Shanghai, China Civil Engineering B.S. 1992

Professional Appointments
5/09 – present Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology& Construction Management, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
8/06 – 5/09 Assistant Professor, Department of Technology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
8/00 – 8/06 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
1/99 – 8/00 Project Engineer, MWH-Boda Environmental Engineering Group, Beijing, China
7/92 – 1/99 Structural Engineer, Wuzhou Engineering Services, Beijing, China

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Bruce Gehrig University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Associate Chair and Associate Professor
Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management Program
Department of Engineering Technology
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Implementing Building Information Modeling in Construction Engineering CurriculaDon Chen, Ph.D., LEED APAssistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology & Construction ManagementCollege of EngineeringUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223Office: (704) 687-6299Fax: (704) 687-6653AbstractUnderstanding the limitations of existing BIM software packages is crucial to the acceptance andimplementation of BIM in construction engineering education. This paper presents a study thatwas conducted to compare the functions of Autodesk Revit products and the Vico VirtualConstruction Suite, the two most popular BIM solutions, and to determine the feasible BIM-based work flow for teaching key modules in construction engineering, such as structuralanalysis, construction scheduling (4D), and cost estimating and simulation (5D). This paperdescribes the procedures for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each software package,and proposes a protocol of implementing BIM in construction engineering curricula.

Chen, D., & Gehrig, B. (2011, June), Implementing Building Information Modeling in Construction Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18099

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