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Strategy to incorporate BIM curriculum in Planning and Scheduling classes

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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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23.1089.1 - 23.1089.11



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Marcel Maghiar Georgia Southern University

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Marcel Maghiar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University teaches Construction Management courses at junior and senior level in the department. His research experience includes development of computer syntaxes to unequivocally describe construction activities and development of a consistent methodology to explicitly classify and quantify construction methods (emerging taxonomy of construction methods). Marcel’s main expertise is in computer modeling of construction processes. His doctoral work allows the profiling of each journeyman’s affinity for productivity, quality and safety. By analyzing the behavior of framers from various industry companies, he found that safety is held at the same level of importance as productivity. He is also interested in educational contributions and opportunities towards integrating field-level construction knowledge in BIM models and exploring their benefits in classroom environment with expertise feedback from jobsite project managers.

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Sunitha Jain Hill International

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Sunitha Jain has a diverse background in Construction Management and Architecture with over 4 years of Industry experience. She has a MS in Construction management from Arizona State University (ASU) and Bachelors in Architecture from India. While at ASU, Sunitha worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a graduate level course “Planning and Scheduling” where she helped students with the course assignments and Primavera (P6) lab sessions. She also participate in a PhD level research on planning and Scheduling.

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James G Sullivan University of Florida

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James’ professional work experience includes consulting and lecturing on green construction techniques. His construction management experience includes work for Clark Construction, Bethesda, Maryland, and Hines, Inc., Atlanta , Georgia. His research focus has been on utilizing sustainable techniques in the construction industry form a contractor perspective. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Florida. His dissertation focus was on decision models relating to building outcomes and first costs. James is currently the Charles R. Perry Assistant Professor at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, University of Florida, Gainesville. His course work includes construction techniques, high performance, and surveying. Dr. Sullivan served as a Co-PI for the UF Solar Decathlon house that competed in Madrid, Spain, in 2011, and is currently Co-PI for University of Florida and University of Nebraska Building Energy Efficient Homes for America Project. In addition he serves on state and national boards relating to construction job training and placement.

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Strategy to incorporate BIM curriculum in Planning and Scheduling classesArchitect-Engineer-Construction (AEC) employers have been expecting that constructionmanagement program graduates will have a working knowledge of Building InformationModeling (BIM). Construction management department is continuing to address that expectationby providing a senior level Project Management class (TCM 4433), Construction ProjectPlanning and Scheduling.This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of Planning and Scheduling forconstruction projects. Topics include bar charts, critical path method using arrow and nodenetworks, precedence networks, cost-time trade-offs, PERT, resource leveling and management,updating schedules during construction, introduction and practice to project controls andintermediate level of computerized scheduling in Primavera (P6) version R8.2. BIM isintroduced later in the semester through a visualization tool helping students to understand evenbetter scheduling techniques. By implementing a visualization tool, they have the chance toidentify the sources and impact of changes and interruptions on the schedule and to compare andcontrast the appropriateness of scheduling techniques for varying construction operations.Just before the half of semester students are introduced to the use of computerized schedulingtechniques using Primavera to develop, monitor and update project schedules. Thisimplementation focuses on a hands-on learning approach utilizing a combination lecture andlaboratory sessions. The practical realities of planning and scheduling construction projects arereinforced during the weekly class supported by a variety of guest lecturers includingconstruction project managers, engineers and/or CEOs of local industry companies. The lecturesprovide examples of how scheduling techniques has been put into practice across the projectlifecycle, starting from design, preconstruction, construction and fabrication, coordination andcommissioning. During the lab period, students use structured tutorials, supplemented withvideos, to implement scheduling skills like in real-world case scenarios. Small group work isalways encouraged and submission of small assignments is required periodically to assess thestudents’ software learning curve. The customized tutorials provide a step-by-step guide to thesoftware, allowing for self-paced learning, as well as easy to access for future reference. Also,industry professionals deliver their materials, advising students on best practices, the day-to-daychallenges they face, and the importance of the skills within their practice on the jobsite.To incorporate the BIM curriculum pertaining to the class topics, Synchro software is employed.A schedule from a project scenario provided by of one of the industry participants is deployedinto a schedule visualization and analysis procedure with the entire class. The constructed modelalong with a technique of linking 3D model to the Primavera schedules is presented as the lasttopic delivered to class before the semester concludes. The paper will present sample tutorials ofthe curriculum throughout the semester. It will also describe how the content was developed, andhow industry input was vital to further develop on the real-life, practical skills. A framework forcreating and incorporating more BIM related content in the coursework to meet germinatingindustry needs will be discussed.

Maghiar, M., & Jain, S., & Sullivan, J. G. (2013, June), Strategy to incorporate BIM curriculum in Planning and Scheduling classes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22474

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