Providing Collaborative Education with an International Dimension: An Ulster University and Pennsylvania State University Case Study (J)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The BIM process, encompassing the use of Common Data Environments (CDEs), collaborative working and the sharing of approved, up-to-the-minute information, has revolutionized the construction industry. However, this method of delivery is something which is alien to many needing a paradigm shift in communication methods (Homayouni et al, 2010), as most are more familiar with traditional approaches such as email communication and sharing communication and sharing ‘marked up’ hard copies of drawings. In the technology driven world in which we live, it is important that those entering the industry from this point forward have an appreciation of this way of working. Therefore, this paper will provide an overview of a collaborative project which has been undertaken at Ulster University to help undergraduate students become familiar with this new way of working and communicating. The paper will outline how the students worked in multidisciplinary teams on a hypothetical building project, before collaborating asynchronously with students from Pennsylvania State University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalInternational Journal of 3-D Information Modeling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Bibliographical note

Reference text: Akintoye, A., McIntosh, G., & Fitzgerald, E. (2000). A survey of supply chain collaboration and management in the UK Construction Industry. European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 6(3-4), 159–168. doi:10.1016/S0969-7012(00)00012-5
ASITE. (2016). Collaborative BIM. Retrieved from
AUGI. (2012). Myth Buster: Revit & IFC. Retrieved from
Autodesk (2016). Revit overview. Retrieved from
Autodesk (2016b). Navisworks overview. Retrieved from,
Baiden, B., Price, A., & Dainty, A. (2006). The extent of team integration within construction projects. International Journal of Project Management, 24(1), 13–23. doi:10.1016/j.ijproman.2005.05.001
Barison, M., & Santos, E. (2010). BIM teaching strategies: an overview of current approaches. In W. Tizani (Ed.) Proceedings of the international Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Nottingham, UK (p. 577). Retrieved from
Becerik-Gerber, B., Gerber, D., & Ku, K. (2011). The pace of technological innovation in architecture, engineering, and construction education: Integrating recent trends into the curricula. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 16, 411–432.
Brandon, P. (1992). Research and development of expert systems for the construction industry. Building Research and Information, 20(3), 162–165. doi:10.1080/09613219208727200
British Standards Institution (BSI). (2007). BS1192:2007. Collaborative Production of Architectural, Engineering and Construction Information – Code of Practice. London, United Kingdom: British Standards Institution.
British Standards Institution (BSI). (2013). PAS1192-2:2013. Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling. Retrieved from
Causeway (2016). BIM Measure. Retrieved from
Chan, C., & Sher, W. (2014). Exploring AEC education through collaborative learning. Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management, 21(5), 532–550. doi:10.1108/ECAM-04-2013-0036
Cheung, F., Rihan, J., Tah, J., Duce, D., & Kurul, E. (2012). Early stage multi-level cost estimation for schematic BIM models. Automation in Construction, 27, 67–77. doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2012.05.008
Comiskey, D., McKane, M., Jaffrey, A., & Wilson, P. (2016). Comparing Common Data Environment Platforms for Student Collaborative Working. Proceedings of the Conference of the 6th International Congress of Architectural Technology, Alicante, Spain.
CRC Construction Innovation. (2007). Final Report: Model Based Estimating System for Civil Concrete Structures. Retrieved from
Dossick, C., & Neff, G. (2010). Organizational Divisions in BIM-Enabled Commercial Construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(4), 459–467. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000109
Eadie, R., Comiskey, D., & McKane, M. (2014) Teaching BIM in a multidisciplinary department. Proceedings of the 4th International Education, Science and Innovations conference, Pernik, Bulgaria.
Eadie, R., Heanen, A., & Hall, J. (2014b). Civil Engineering and the Interoperability between Building Information Modelling (BIM) and E-Procurement. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Civil Engineering Design and Construction (Science and Practice), Varna, Bulgaria.
Eadie, R., & McClean, M. (2015). An Investigation of Interoperability Issues Between Building Information Modelling (BIM) And E-Procurement. Proceedings of the 5th International Education, Science and Innovations conference, Pernik, Bulgaria (pp 7-12).
Eadie, R., Odeyinka, H., Browne, M., McKeown, C., & Yohanis, M. (2013). An analysis of the drivers for adopting building information modelling. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 18, 338–352.
Eisenhardt, K. (1989). Building Theories from Case Study Research. Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 532–550.
Emmitt, S. (2002). Architectural Technology. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Science.
Fellows, R., & Liu, A. (2015). Research Methods for Construction. Chichester, United Kingdom: Wiley.
Forgues, D., & Koskela, L. (2008). Can procurement affect design performance? Journal of Construction Procurement, 14(2), 130–141.
Homayouni, H., Neff, G., & Dossick, C. (2010). Theoretical categories of successful collaboration and BIM implementation within the AEC industry. In J. Buwanpura, Y. Mehamed & S. Lee (Ed.) Proceedings of Construction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice, Banff, Alberta (pp.778-788). doi:10.1061/41109(373)78
Hore, A., Scott, L., West, R., & Tibaut, A. (2016). Benefits of Inter-Institutional Collaboration in the Delivery of BIM Education in Ireland: Reflections of an Irish Masters Program. Proceedings of the 10th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review, Orlando, Florida, USA (pp. 152-165).
Kent, D., & Becerik-Gerber, B. (2010). Understanding Construction Industry Experience and Attitudes toward Integrated Project Delivery. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(8), 815–825. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000188
Ku, K., & Taiebat, M. (2011). BIM Experiences and Expectations: The Constructors Perspective. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 7(3), 175–197. doi:10.1080/15578771.2010.544155
Kymmell, W. (2008). Building Information Modelling: Planning and managing construction projects with 4D CAD and Simulations. New York, United States: McGraw Hill.
Latham, M. (1994). Constructing the Team: Final Report of the Government/Industry Review of Procurement and Contractual Arrangements in the UK Construction Industry. Retrieved from
Leica (2016). Leica TruView software. Retrieved from
Macdonald, J. (2011). BIM - Adding Value by Assisting Collaboration. In P. Kneen (Ed.) Proceedings of LSAA Conference, Sydney, Australia. Retrieved from
Marshall-Ponting, A., & Aouad, G. (2005). An nD modelling approach to improve communication processes for construction. Automation in Construction, 14(3), 311–321. doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2004.08.018
Masterseries (2016). Company. Retrieved from
Matthews, M. (2013). BIM Collaboration in Student Architectural Technologist Learning, Journal of Engineering. Design and Technology., 11(2), 190–206. doi:10.1108/JEDT-10-2011-0067
Morton, P., & Thompson, E. (2011). Uptake of BIM and IPD within the UK AEC Industry: the evolving role of the architectural technologist. Built and Natural Environment Research Papers, 4(2), 275-286. Retrieved from
Ramus, J., Birchall, S., & Griffiths, P. (2006). Contract Practice for Surveyors (4th ed.). Oxford, United Kingdom:Butterworth Heinemann.
Ren, Z., Anumba, G., & Ugwu, O. (2001). Construction claims management: Towards an agent‐based approach. Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management, 8(3), 185–197.
Sacks, R., & Barak, R. (2010). Teaching Building Information Modeling as an Integral Part of Freshman Year Civil Engineering Education. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 136(1), 30–38. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000003
Saleh, M. (1999). The Automation of Cost Estimate: An Improvement in Construction Project Information under Design, Tendering and Execution, Architectural. Scientific Review (Singapore), 42(4), 253–264.
Taggart, M., Koskela, L., & Rooke, J. (2012). Collaborative Supply Chain Practices During Severe Economic Downturn in the Republic of Ireland. In S.D. Smith (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, Edinburgh, UK (pp. 687-695). Retrieved from
Udeaja, C., & Aziz, Z. (2015). A case study of fostering multidisciplinary in built environment using BIM. In A.B. Raiden, & E. Aboagye-Nimo (Ed.), Procs 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, Lincoln, UK (pp. 701-710). Retrieved from
Underwood, J., & Ayoade, O. (2015). Current Position and Associated Challenges of BIM Education in UK Higher Education. Proceedings of theBIM Academic Forum, 2015. Retrieved from
Wong, P., Salleh, H., & Rahim, F. (2014). The Relationship of Building Information Modeling (BIM) Capability in Quantity Surveying Practice and Project Performance. International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural. Construction and Architectural Engineering, 8(10), 1031–1036.
Wu, S., Wood, G., Ginige, K., & Jong, S. (2014). A technical review of BIM based cost estimating in UK quantity surveying practice, standards and tools. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 19, 534–562.


  • BIM
  • Collaboration
  • Collaborative Working
  • Education


Dive into the research topics of 'Providing Collaborative Education with an International Dimension: An Ulster University and Pennsylvania State University Case Study (J)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this