5th workshop for promoting Building Information Modeling BIM – BIM in education

5th workshop for promoting Building Information Modeling BIM – BIM in education

December 3rd 2019 (Tuesday)

Target group: Academy, students, engineers, architects, professional associations

What is this workshop about?

Didactical methods are changing in construction education in contemporary times. The advent of information technology (IT) such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and modern tools such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Laser Scanners are influencing construction education. It is critical for the universities to introduce new IT tools in construction management (CM) education, and BIM is a promising tool for this purpose.

From CAD to BIM...

2D CAD (computer-aided design) drafting has been traditionally used in CM education to facilitate the curriculum due to its standard use in the AEC industry.  As a pedagogical tool, CAD drawings have been used across various subjects including estimating quantity and cost, developing construction sequence and schedule, and analyzing site layout and safety risks.

While being widely used as a universal pedagogical tool, it often requires some degree of students’ prior experience to interpret 2D CAD drawings. The ability to interpret CAD drawings mostly depends on students’ prior experience since students must perceptually visualize the components of a structure from lines and symbols in a drawing set and mentally combine them into a virtual structure. CM students with little or no previous experience often face challenges and must spend more time interpreting the drawings.  Using BIM as a pedagogical tool in CM education can assist students in understanding the complexity of construction projects in both the process and product. In addition, many CM students are aware of BIM as the emerging technology used in the industry and have the expectations of learning the latest and most essential paradigm in a CM program. BIM as a buzzword in the industry, however, often shifts the focus away from its benefits of sharing and simulating information and misleads students to see it as a software program or an acronym for 3D design and modeling.

Workshop Highlights

This workshop will target the following objectives:

  • focus on and elevate the training and learning and research aspects of BIM;
  • collective promotion of BIM;
  • establish an open medium for communication thus sharing knowledge, experience, case studies, views, etc.;
  • collaboration for joint activities and research projects;
  • a collective voice in both teaching and learning and research matters, so to contribute to policy issues, funding priorities, and agenda setting;
  • attempt to minimize duplication and create standard practices while celebrating diversity.

This workshop provides necessary information and initiates awareness in order to provoke action in relevant institutions and proactive individuals for putting BIM training and education in focus.