Gearing up academics for collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) education

Hon, Carol K.H., Utiome, Erezi, Drogemuller, Robin, Owen, Robert L., Nepal, Madhav Prasad, Gray, Jason, & Coffey, Vaughan (2015) Gearing up academics for collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) education. In Wang, Xiangyu & Chi, Hung-Lin (Eds.) Proceedings International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction 2015 (IPC 2015), IPC2015 Organizing Committee, Perth, W.A, pp. 23-26.

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Abstract

Building information modelling (BIM) radically changes the practices in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and creates new job opportunities. Many governments, such as the United Kingdom, have made BIM a mandatory requirement. This substantially drives the demand for a BIM-literate workforce. Universities are facing the challenge to incorporate BIM into their curricula and produce “BIM ready” graduates to meet the needs of the industry. Like other universities, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is at the heart of this change and aspires to develop collaborative BIM education across AEC. Previous BIM education studies identify that inadequate BIM awareness of AEC academics is one of the challenges for developing a BIM curriculum and there is a dearth in the learning and teaching support for academics on BIM education. Equipping the AEC academics for a more BIM focused curriculum is all the while more important. This paper aims to leverage knowledge drawn from a Learning & Teaching project currently undertaken at QUT. Its specific objectives are to: 1) review the existing learning and teaching initiatives on BIM education; and 2) briefly describe the learning and teaching activities on collaborative BIM education at QUT. Significance of the paper lies on revealing the importance of building up the capacity of AEC academics for collaborative BIM education. The paper contributes to sparking the interests in better equipping AEC academics to understand what curriculum changes would assist in BIM uptake within the relevant courses to provide context for changes in units; and how the use of BIM can improve the understanding by students of the large amounts of professional knowledge they need to function effectively as graduates.

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ID Code: 84601
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Building Information Modelling, Education, Training, Academics
ISBN: 9780987455727
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900) > Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright IPC2015 Organizing Committee
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2015 23:56
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2015 23:26

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