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BIM Adoption in University Teaching Programs: The Swedish Case
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Sustainability, Innovation and Management in Building (SIMB).
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of CITA BIM Gathering Conference 14-15 November 2013 / [ed] Dr. Allan Hore, Barry McAuley, Dr. Roger West, Dublin: The Construction IT Alliance , 2013, 163-168 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Implementation of BIM inthe construction industry relies on sufficient knowledge and skills about BIMin order to gain momentum and success. Thorough understanding of thepossibilities as well as challenges related to the application of BIMconstitutes essential drivers for the adoption of BIM among all the industryactors throughout the construction process. Thus, there is a need for supply ofknowledge and skills about BIM and its implications on the organisation,communication, management, business models etc. in construction. Accordingly,universities play an important role as a knowledge and skills supplier thathelps to provide the necessary conditions for the implementation of BIM in theconstruction industry. This study investigates how the curricula of engineeringand architectural teaching programs at Swedish universities and universitycolleges have responded to the apparent and increasing demand for BIMcompetences in industry. The study relies on a survey of 10 universities and 8university colleges that provide engineering and architectural teachingprograms at a master’s and/or a bachelor’s level. The findings show thatbachelor’s engineering programs at university colleges generally have adoptedBIM into the curricula to a somewhat larger extent compared to engineeringprograms at a master’s level. The BIM-adoption in architectural programs is,however, significantly limited. Further, the degree of BIM-adoption differssignificantly between the respective teaching programs. Only few universitieshave adopted BIM as an integrated subject in courses that deal with generalconstruction related issues. The predominant approach is to implementBIM-subjects as discrete teaching modules, i.e. stand-alone courses, ratherthan as a cross disciplinary aspect implemented in a number of the existingcourses. Besides, a considerate mismatch is identified between the technicalcharacteristics of the BIM curricula at universities and the process-orientedapproach to BIM represented by the industry. Thus, the universities wouldbenefit from a closer collaboration with the industry in BIM-related mattersand they need to take on a strategic approach to BIM at an overall universityor program level in order to avoid isolated BIM initiatives at a single courselevel.

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Dublin: The Construction IT Alliance , 2013. 163-168 p.
Keyword [en]
BIM-adoption, curricula design, teaching programs, BIM objectives
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Construction Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-24074ISBN: 978-0-9573957-02OAI: diva2:677491
The CITA BIM Gathering, Guiness Store House, Dublin, Irelan
Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2013-12-13Bibliographically approved

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