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Introducing Building Information Modeling Course into a Newly Developed Construction Program with Various Student Backgrounds

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Construction Materials and Technologies

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24.806.1 - 24.806.8



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Rui Liu The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu University of Texas at San Antonio Orcid 16x16

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Introducing Building Information Modeling Course into a Newly Developed Construction Program with Various Student BackgroundsBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) is an emerging trend in construction industry and a desiredskill for construction management students as they are preparing for their professional careers.A recent survey showed that approximately 60% of the architecture, engineering, andconstruction programs in the United States introduced BIM content into their curricula atdifferent levels. Structuring a course that would properly address the learning needs of studentswith different levels of technology skills and construction experience is a considerable challenge.This paper presents the introduction of a BIM course to a construction management programwith a diverse student body. More than half of the students maintain half-time or full-time workwhile attending the construction program with a large variance in computer skills. The coursecontent is designed to integrate the industry experience of the students to support and enhanceunderstanding of spatial relationships, interoperability and communication problems. The courseis structured as a lecture-lab combination where the fundamental concepts and implementationissues are discussed in the lecture portion. The laboratory portion of the course uses twodifferent approaches to ensure the fundamental software skills as well as a clear understandingof the implementation challenges. The students are asked to complete individual projects in thefirst half of the course. The project consists of a small residential building which enablesstudents to create a model from the beginning to the end in a limited time. A project-basedlearning technology is used in the second half where the students take roles in group projectsthat mimic a real-life construction project. The purpose is to highlight the capabilities of BIMtools in communication with different parties. Different methods to address possible conflicts indesign and construction are discussed and simulated in this portion. The purpose of this paperis to provide a sample structure to deliver BIM content utilizing the industry experience of thestudents. This structure can also be adapted for BIM education for experienced industrypractitioners. Instruction suggestions and tips for the computer exercises are also included inthe paper.

Liu, R., & Hatipkarasulu, Y. (2014, June), Introducing Building Information Modeling Course into a Newly Developed Construction Program with Various Student Backgrounds Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20698

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