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Investigating the Synergies of Sustainability and BIM through Collaborative Project-based Learning

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Design Pedagogy

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Design in Engineering Education

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26.1043.1 - 26.1043.13



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Wei Wu California State University, Fresno Orcid 16x16

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Wei Wu, PhD, LEED AP, CM-BIM, A.M.ASCE, is an Assistant Professor of the Construction Management Program in Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. He received the Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a focus on Built Environment from Hunan University in China, the Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management at University of Oxford in the UK, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Construction and Planning at University of Florida. He is an associate member of ASCE, a member of DBIA, Green Globes, and National Institute of Building Science. He is also a board member of USGBC Central California Chapter, and Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP).

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Yupeng Luo California State University, Fresno

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Dr. Yupeng (Vivien) Luo is an Associate Professor in the Construction Management Program at California State University, Fresno. She holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include sustainable building solutions, building performance measurement, decision-making & optimization, service-learning and community engagement. Dr. Luo is a LEED AP BD+C and a CM-BIM holder.

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Investigating the Synergies of Sustainability and BIM through CollaborativeProject-based LearningThe construction industry is undergoing fundamental transformation due to economic, social,and environmental development. Highlights of emerging trends include the prevalence of greenbuilding practices and a wide adoption of new information technology (IT) such as buildinginformation modeling (BIM). The paradigm shift demands a higher level of competencies insustainability and BIM, which generates a profound impact on college education in design andconstruction related fields. This study explores the effective use of collaborative project-basedlearning to enhance students’ understanding of sustainability and BIM implementation infacilitating green building design.In the fall of 2014, the faculty in the Construction Management (CM) program at XXXUniversity closely examined two existing courses (CM-X and CM-Y) through a joint coursedesign project. CM-X introduces green building design guidelines, rating systems, and commonpractices. CM-Y encapsulates BIM principles, modeling skills, and implementation of BIM tofacilitate high performance building design and construction. Students from the two classesworked in groups to co-develop LEED strategies and perform schematic design with BIM for asmall-scale LEED project on campus with predefined design criteria and project performanceexpectations. The collaborative project-based learning is responsive to the real world scenariowhere green building design and BIM are often implemented through an integrative process.Both direct and indirect measures were used to assess the effectiveness of the proposedcollaborative project-based pedagogy on selected core student learning outcomes (SLOs).Rubrics were developed for each measure. This paper discusses the findings, lessons learnedfrom this study, and provides insights into future improvements.

Wu, W., & Luo, Y. (2015, June), Investigating the Synergies of Sustainability and BIM through Collaborative Project-based Learning Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24380

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