How universities are teaching bim: A review and case study from the UK

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Adamu, Z. and Thorpe, T (2016). How universities are teaching bim: A review and case study from the UK. Journal of Information Technology in Construction. 21, pp. 119-139.
AuthorsAdamu, Z. and Thorpe, T
Abstract

© 2016 The author. Growing industry demand and the United Kingdom (UK) government's 2016 'BIM deadline' have provided a clear impetus for enhanced BIM teaching in UK Higher Education institutions. This paper reports on the strategic approach taken in a large multi-disciplinary School of Civil and Building Engineering. From a number of options suggested by literature, the approach to embed BIM into existing modules was chosen and three categories of BIM Learning Outcomes (BIMLOs) were identified including: knowledge and intellectual aspects; practical skills; and transferable skills. A three-year implementation plan (2014-2016) was developed in which 26 priority modules had their existing learning outcomes upgraded to meet the BIMLOs. Three new modules had to be introduced to cover new concepts and processes that required special attention, including: model coordination and clash detection/avoidance; as well as use of common data environments (CDE) which is a pre-requisite for Level 2 BIM. The contents of the BIMLOs were influenced by partnership with BIM technology providers, practicing professionals, contemporary and research-driven topics as well as UK BIM guidance and strategy documents e.g. BS1192-2007, the PAS1192 series, BIM Protocol and Government Soft Landings. Many priority modules were taken by mixed cohorts of students drawn from various programmes, so group work via problem-based coursework was typically used for assessment. Guided self-learning through web-based video tutorials was adopted across the School using commercially available and in-house produced content. These have helped students with problem-solving and modelling skills. There were differences (such as background skills and future interests between local undergraduate students and international postgraduate students) and these differences influenced how they approached group working and the tasks they could effectively carry out. The approach adopted by Loughborough University for teaching BIM required long-term vision, leadership, BIM championing and the cooperation of academic peers who were extensively consulted. A feedback mechanism was put in place to capture students' experiences regarding BIMLOs, access to computing facilities and effectiveness of video tutorials. Recommendations are made to other institutions considering wide scale multi-disciplinary embedding of BIM into their curriculum.

KeywordsMulti-disciplinary cohorts; Embedding; BIM Learning Outcomes; Streamed video tutorials; New BIM-focused modules; BIM champion; Multi-media Feedback; 0899 Other Information And Computing Sciences; 0905 Civil Engineering; 1202 Building; Building & Construction
Year2016
JournalJournal of Information Technology in Construction
Journal citation21, pp. 119-139
PublisherLondon South Bank University
ISSN1874-4753
Publication dates
Print25 Jul 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Jun 2018
Accepted06 Jun 2016
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CC BY 4.0
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