The Potential of BIM to Facilitate Collaborative AEC Education

American Society of Engineering Education
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 118th ASEE Annual Conference, 2011, pp. 1 - 7
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Enlightened companies in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry are moving towards collaborative working practices, where all design team members are engaged at an earlier stage in the design process, aided by building information modelling (BIM) tools. Whereas the old 2D CAD tools simply replicated manual drawing processes, without adding any value, BIM is a completely new paradigm. It allows professionals to query their designs at an early stage of the design process; to explore different options; to run structural and environmental performance analyses and costings and to detect problems and resolve them before they get to site. However, this way of working cannot be achieved through technology alone. It requires a cultural shift within the industry from that of fragmentation and litigation to collaborative working and information sharing. It also requires some significant change to the way in which future architects, engineers and construction professionals involved in the building industry are educated.
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