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Term Project Design for Undergraduate Building Information Modeling Education

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Construction Education Topics

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26.1502.1 - 26.1502.11



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Rui Liu University of Texas at San Antonio

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Dr. Rui Liu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds a received a Bachelor of Management degree in Construction Management and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Tianjin University in 2005 and earned a master’s degree in Project Management in 2007. In 2010, Dr. Liu received a Master of Science degree in Information Systems and Operations Management and she received a Ph.D. in Design, Construction and Planning from the University of Florida. Dr. Liu’s research areas of interest include Building Information Modeling (BIM), sustainable building practice, and the use of cloud-based technology in facility management. In 2014, Dr. Liu’s research received the “Best Paper Award” at the International Conference on Innovative Technologies in Construction in Shenyang, China.

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Rogelio Palomera-Arias University of Texas, San Antonio

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Dr. Rogelio Palomera-Arias educational and professional background is multidisciplinary and multilingual in nature. He obtained his Ph. D. in architecture with a concentration in building technology, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge MA.

Dr. Palomera-Arias joined the faculty at Construction Science Department at UTSA in the Fall 2013. The main teaching responsibilities in the department are the courses in Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Building Systems in Construction, as well as the Structural Design for construction management courses.

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Students’ learning curve on Building Information ModelingAs Building Information Modeling (BIM) becomes a popular topic in the construction science andengineering program curriculum. The method of teaching BIM starts to get attention in academia. It isimportant for the students to get familiar with the BIM authoring tool in order to achieve the benefits ofBIM. To effectively teach the BIM authoring tools, BIM instructors are always required to spend a bigamount of time in lab sessions. However, it is hard for instructors to decide correctly at the beginning ofthe class about how much time should be spent on each function of BIM authoring tool. This study aimsto find out the modeling time of student for each modeling skill. Students’ modeling progress has beenmonitored for two semesters. Each student is required to report their time spent on each of theelement categories they were modeling. The analysis of this study will provide BIM instructor a guidanceabout the distribution of lecture and lab session for different functions of the BIM software. In addition,this study would provide some assistant on designing the BIM class term project. The BIM instructor canprovide a more suitable project size and requirement for the students to achieve in a reasonable labtime.

Liu, R., & Palomera-Arias, R. (2015, June), Term Project Design for Undergraduate Building Information Modeling Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24839

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