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BIM (Building Information Modeling) in Design, Construction and Operation

Session Date
ENGR 498-03
5/21 - 7/13/2018


This research provides a faculty-mentored immersive research experience as a part of a student team. Research topics are determined by instructor’s area of research and work which is Building Information Modeling (BIM). Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle from inception onward. It is clear that Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the trend of the future, with increased use documented in the construction industry in the last few years. To sustain the momentum of BIM, effective workforce development that aims to balance the supply-demand equation in the labor market is essential. This opportunity consists of an experiential approach adopted to BIM-enabled learning to investigate collaboration with Building Information Models. Around many uses of BIM, the researchers selects their primary roles creating a BIM team and explored the interoperability of selected tools to operate their tasks. In this creative and collaborative process the researche​r​s gain some skills for BIM capabilities of the integrated design project by using various opportunity materials and software licenses provided for their use in a limited time frame. This methodology allows the researchers to experience integrated design process in a realistic way and helps them to learn how different tools and methods integrate with each other. Experiences in integrating BIM in terms of learning by doing into the undergraduate immersive research program at IIT are presented and discussed through sample assignments and specific research sessions including lectures, seminars, researchers’ oral and poster presentations, industry partnerships, workshops and activities. The objective of this study is to educate the engineers/architects of the future who will be actively using BIM routinely. (CRN: 33765)