A review of curriculum design for Building Information Modelling

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A study by Ahmed et al (2014) concluded that knowledge of health and safety regulations, interpreting contract documents, listening ability/ giving attention to details, knowledge of building codes and regulations, and time management are the five most important skills desirable in a new hire (sic) in construction management. Current literature and local research conducted with employers strongly indicates that skills associated with Building Information Modelling (BIM) will rank highly in skills demanded of future graduates in the built environment disciplines. The UK Government’s Construction Strategy, 2011, mandates BIM implementation on all publicly procured projects, at level 2 by spring 2016. Learning outcomes were initially developed by the BIM Task Group to support the government’s BIM strategy with the intention of releasing a formal BIM skills benchmark in spring 2013. The report entitled “Embedding Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the taught curriculum” by the HEA and BIM Academic Forum (BAF) was published towards the end of June 2013, providing a BIM teaching impact matrix, guidance on BIM maturity within courses and suggested Learning Outcomes at levels 4, 5 and 6. The Quantity Surveying (QS) programme at the authors’ university developed some of the first BIM related modules within the School of the Built Environment and these were first delivered in the 2011-12 academic year. This study will review these BIM modules to evaluate their suitability for the QS curriculum and their application to industry using surveys of key stakeholders, primarily students, tutors and employers with the intention of developing a curriculum design for a standard module set that could be delivered across all courses associated with the built environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-78321-071-8
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2015
EventRICS COBRA AUBEA 2015 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 2015 → …


ConferenceRICS COBRA AUBEA 2015
Period8/07/15 → …

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  • BIM
  • curriculum
  • design
  • industry
  • HE


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