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Usage of Building Information Modeling for Sustainable Development Education

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Integrating Sustainability and Resilience Concepts into Courses

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Benjamin Sanchez Tecnologico de Monterrey

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Benjamin Sanchez is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey campus Puebla and a Young Energy Professional (YEP) ascribed to the Energy Council of Canada (ECC). Benjamin’s research is focused in the development and implementation of emergent technologies (BIM, CIM, IoT, Big Data, Machine learning, LCA, 3D scan to BIM) for increasing the performance of construction building projects in terms of sustainability and Circular Economy. Benjamin has done recent contributions on international journals for the valuation and monetization of the environmental impacts of the residual life of building stock in North America. His contributions add a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) perspective to the decision-making methodology involved in adaptive reuse of buildings, in order to contribute to sustainability and climate change through mitigation of CO2 emissions.

Benjamin is a Civil Engineer with a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is originally from the city of Puebla in Mexico. Before initiating his doctoral studies, he worked as infrastructure construction supervisor and environmental inspector of the State of Puebla. Puebla is the fourth largest state in Mexico with 6.1 million inhabitants. Some of his duties were verifying the fulfillment of the applicable laws inside of the construction and environmental jurisdiction for new and existing buildings. Benjamin has been active in the promotion and dissemination of his research work in important forums, through participating in international research academic experiences at Chalmers University in Sweden and ETH Zürich in Switzerland. Also, he has presented his original work in international conferences (ISARC, CIB WBC, CSCE, ASCE, NHICE), and he has collaborated in projects with international organizations such as the Energy Council of Canada (ECC), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP23.

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Romeo Ballinas-Gonzalez Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) Orcid 16x16

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Civil Engineer and Master in Project Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey. He did doctoral studies at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is currently a full-time professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Puebla since 2013. Founding Partner of the DROEN Ingeniería design firm. He teaches courses in hydrology, hydraulic works, water distribution networks and drainage, sustainable use of water and geomatics at the Tec Campus Puebla.

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Miguel X. Rodriguez-Paz Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) Orcid 16x16

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Prof. Rodríguez-Paz got his B.Sc. In Civil Engineering from Tecnologico de Oaxaca in 1993. He studied a M.Sc. In Structural Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey and got his Ph.D. from the University of Wales at Swansea in 2003 where he did research on Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics as a post-doc Research Officer. In August 2004 he joined Tecnologico de Monterrey at its Puebla Campus. He is a full professor of Applied Mechanics since 2009. His research topics include Engineering Education, Structural Dynamics and Applied Mechanics. He has been a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) in the Mexican Council of Science and Technology. He has held several position within the School of Engineering, including Head of School and his current post as head of the department of Sustainable Technologies and Civil Engineering. He enjoys teaching Engineering in a fun way and likes to learn about Flipped Learning and Open Education. Since 2010 he is an Academic/educatational Youtuber.

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Juan Arturo Nolazco-Flores Tecnologico de Monterrey Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Nolazco holds a BSC. from the Tec of Monterrey, México, and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University de Cambridge, England. He is member of the Mexican Academy of Science, Mexican Academy of Engineering, Mexican Research System, “IEEE Senior Member” and “ACM Senior Member”. He is certified by ABET to evaluate academic programs, and he as part of the committe to evaluate the University of West Florida and Grand Canyon University, Arizona. He also was awarded in 2005 and 2009 the ITESM Teaching and Research award. As researcher, he has published more than 50 papers, with more than 250 scopus cites (H scopus of 9).

He has been invited as research scholar at Marburg University and Mannheim University, Germany; Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Zaragoza University, Spain; and Cambridge University, England.

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Due to environmental concerns Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has become an essential part on architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) education programs. Emergent technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be used as a powerful didactic method approach to improve learning outcomes in terms of ESD. This paper proposes the use of BIM to enhance sustainable development education through the development of construction projects for community development. In this work, we propose a framework that will provide guidelines to effectively incorporate BIM as a tool for enhancing ESD. First, we reviewed the current state of the art of BIM as a didactic method for construction courses in a university in Mexico. We applied the framework in a group of 21 students. The results showed an improvement of 20% in students ESD learning outcomes. Moreover, the participants reported a better understanding on sustainable development problems as well as higher commitment to get involved in social development projects.

Sanchez, B., & Ballinas-Gonzalez, R., & Rodriguez-Paz, M. X., & Nolazco-Flores, J. A. (2020, June), Usage of Building Information Modeling for Sustainable Development Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35439

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