Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation (AECO) is a labor-intensive industry. Compared to manufacturing sector AECO industry is yet to witness the wonders of automation at site. Construction of any built environment facility is largely dependent upon human resource at site and is indigenous to the development of any nation. It takes intensive managerial and technical expertise to come up with a quality infrastructure to serve the intended purposes. Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides huge respite from complexities arising out of management and technology. Now a days BIM is gradually becoming indispensable for carrying out any infrastructural development. Organizations across the globe are gradually incorporating BIM technology, processes and protocols in their projects (see figure 1).
The pursuit of sustainability has become one of the principal design objectives in the construction industry and in response to this concern the integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable practices is far-reaching. Built environment cannot escape its responsibility for contributing towards environmental deterioration and destruction of arable land, however with the application of BIM and understanding its inherent power will greatly impact the role it plays in optimizing the performance of a building. It is rooted on innovation, cost-efficiency through more information and collaboration, construction and commissioning of buildings with lower environmental impacts.
An integrated design approach requires an in-depth understanding of how buildings and environment interact and affect each other (See Figure 1), which is briefly discussed in the following. Continue reading “BIM and Sustainability: An Emphasis on Integrated Approach.”
This study is undertaken to identify issues involved while delivering BIM education in academia and regarding which BIM field players need to play an active role in resolving them. Globally, policy field players are integrating BIM education into academia. And, during this process of BIM incorporation in academics, policy field players had come across several complications. In the past, few active BIM educationalists & researchers had attempted to identify issues associated with BIM education & established few strategies to overcome them. However, efforts are essential towards collecting the issues involved while adopting BIM education in academia and to categorize these issues, for identifying which BIM field players must invest their efforts in resolving BIM educational issues. Our study assembles the BIM educational issues & categorize them into three different field issues, i.e. policy, technology and process as presented in Fig 1. These issues that has been generated while delivering BIM education in academia, need to be addressed by respective BIM field players for effective BIM diffusion into academia.
AECO industry is inclined towards employing graduates with exposure to BIM tools, techniques and processes. In line with today’s AECO industry necessities, universities are running a wide range of BIM courses, for exposing AECO students to this new paradigm shift. However, today’s academic BIM education is not completely integrated with other AECO programs in Tertiary Education System (TES). BIM education in academia has a history of almost two and half (2.5) decades.
Nowadays, mega projects are mostly located in developing countries with emerging economies. And, outsourcing of engineering works has been relocated to overseas facilities which are able to offer lower wages for best value. The success of such construction project depends on the ability of individuals to work together in an open and trustful environment (Becker et al. 2011). To educate and train AECO discipline students for these works, tertiary education programs are designed to discuss unique project types, with application of innovative means and methods. Building Information Modeling (BIM) promotes trans-disciplinary, inter-level, multinational collaborations with different project stakeholders across the project life cycle (Eastman et al. 2011). And, BIM courses are essential in tertiary education system (TES) for producing ‘BIM-ready’ graduates, who can work in collaborative working environments. Continue reading “Tertiary Education Framework for Delivering Academic BIM Education.”
Globally, architectural, engineering, construction and operation (AECO) industry is delivering complex projects with Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the project processes and workflows. And, AECO industry is inclined towards employing graduates with exposure to BIM tools, techniques and processes. In line with today’s AECO industry necessities, universities are running a wide range of BIM courses, for exposing AECO students to this new paradigm shift. However, today’s academic BIM education is not completely integrated with other AECO programs in Tertiary Education System (TES). Hence, this study draws on a review and analysis of publications related to BIM teaching practices in academia. Here, textual and content analysis methods were employed to arrange qualitative textual data into similar sets of entities or conceptual categories to analyze current global BIM education trends. In this study, review and analysis of BIM education related publications indicated that, BIM technology and processes related knowledge is currently at different levels of realization across the globe. Continue reading “The Approach of Global Field Players in Delivering BIM Education.”
About Building Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working underpinned by digital technologies among the Architecture, Engineering, Construction & Operation (AECO) industry stakeholders across the project life cycle that allows for more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets. The information contained within the models facilitates well-informed decision making and that means greater clarity, better communications, and, ultimately, better efficiency. As the cost of operating and maintaining buildings and facilities represent up to 85% of the whole-life cost, savings can pay back any upfront premium in construction expenses in just a few years. Effectively diffusing BIM technologies and workflows in a project life cycle benefits the AECO industry and especially the client organization.