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THE PACE OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION IN ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, AND CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION: INTEGRATING RECENT TRENDS INTO THE CURRICULA

Burcin Becerik-Gerber30
Estimated H-index: 30
(SC: University of Southern California),
David Jason Gerber12
Estimated H-index: 12
(SC: University of Southern California),
Kihong Ku5
Estimated H-index: 5
(VT: Virginia Tech)
Abstract
The U.S. AEC industry is faced with the ever-increasing challenge of managing the public and private facilities and infrastructure to support the accomplishment of its economy. The increasing global emphasis on sustainable approaches and the need to increase efficiency and improve cost over the lifecycle of projects, demand new approaches to architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) education. This study was initiated to look for insight into the current educational environment and to provide a baseline for possible solutions to cope with the complexity of the challenge. This paper examined 101 U.S. AEC programs focusing on emerging subject areas of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainability, and reviewed how educational innovations of distance learning, multidisciplinary collaboration, industry collaborations, are incorporated to develop core competencies in those two subject areas. The researchers reviewed and categorized the AEC disciplines based on the respective accrediting bodies of ABET, NAAB, and ACCE, and surveyed the internal factors (e.g., program resources, expertise, etc.) and external factors (e.g., accreditation requirements, sustainability initiatives, etc.) that affect the pedagogical approaches. This study illustrates the challenges incorporating new knowledge areas into constrained curricula and the various approaches that the university programs are undertaking. A comparative analysis also reveals the similarities and differences and specific advantages and disadvantages of particular approaches across the AEC programs. The findings reinforce the notion that there are disparities in these educational programs, which need realignment to develop the workforce of the future that will lead the AEC industry transformations.
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David C. Kent1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SC: University of Southern California),
Burcin Becerik-Gerber30
Estimated H-index: 30
(SC: University of Southern California)
Integrated project delivery (IPD) seeks to improve project outcomes through a collaborative approach of aligning the incentives and goals of the project team through shared risk and reward, early involvement of all parties, and a multiparty agreement. Although there has been a huge interest in IPD in principle, the current adoption status by the construction industry is unknown. Several professional organizations are supporting the advancement of IPD, and several projects have demonstrated its b...
Burcin Becerik-Gerber30
Estimated H-index: 30
(SC: University of Southern California),
Karen Kensek12
Estimated H-index: 12
(SC: University of Southern California)
Currently, the architecture, engineering, and construction industry is facing enormous technological and institutional changes and challenges including the proliferation of information technology and appropriate application of sustainable practices. The 21st century engineer and architect must be able to deal with a rapid pace of technological change, a highly interconnected world, and complex problems that require multidisciplinary solutions. This paper focuses on research directions and trends...
Rafael Sacks34
Estimated H-index: 34
(Technion – Israel Institute of Technology),
Ronen Barak9
Estimated H-index: 9
Lack of personnel with Building Information Modeling BIM skills is a significant constraint retarding use of the technology in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Unless BIM is introduced into undergraduate civil engineering curricula in a fundamental way, graduate civil engineers will lack the skills needed to serve a construction industry in which three-dimensional models are the main medium for expression and communication of design intent and the basis for engineering a...
Published on May 1, 2009in Automation in Construction4.31
Changyoon Kim12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Yonsei University),
Hyoungkwan Kim22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Yonsei University)
+ 3 AuthorsSang H. Park3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Yonsei University)
Construction projects are getting bigger and more complex while the average productivity at the industry level is not improving enough. It is essential to look at the means available, in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the construction industry. Technology fusion, which refers to a truly interdisciplinary approach of combining different technology areas, is a new way of sparking off the currently stagnant level of construction technologies. This paper presents a comprehensiv...
Increasing awareness of sustainability has affected civil engineering education, making it more complex and demonstrating the connections to economic, social, and technological problems. Environmental consciousness in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries is growing, but in Greece the subject still tends to remain a marginalized and compartmentalized corner of educational systems. Environmental education means more than transmitting knowledge about the environment; ...
Published on Feb 1, 2009in Journal of Green Building
Yong Han Ahn3
Estimated H-index: 3
(VT: Virginia Tech),
Hyuksoo Kwon3
Estimated H-index: 3
(VT: Virginia Tech)
+ 1 AuthorsJohn G. Wells4
Estimated H-index: 4
(VT: Virginia Tech)
Abstract The construction industry actively adopts the concept of sustainability to not only minimize the impact on the environment but also increase social and economic benefits through accepting sustainable design and construction practices. This growing trend in sustainable construction requires both new knowledge and new skills for sustainability, in addition to conventional knowledge, such as scheduling, estimating, contracting, etc. Due to this paradigm change in the construction industry,...
Six years ago, the writer wrote a viewpoint on “Sustainable Infrastructure Systems and Environmentally Conscious Design—A View for the Next Decade” Adeli 2002 . In this forum, the writer presents a vision for a modern civil and environmental engineering CEE program in the twenty-first century. Civil engineers build civilizations! But CEE programs have lost momentum in attracting both students and resources in many U.S. universities in recent years. Some universities and colleges have even shut d...
Robert Klinc6
Estimated H-index: 6
,
Ziga Turk7
Estimated H-index: 7
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Matevz Dolenc2
Estimated H-index: 2
Despite the fact that it has taken a long time for construction industry to enter the information era, information technologies significantly changed and still changes the way professionals in building and construction (BC) industry work. Consequently, construction industry is in relatively early phase of adopting web-based technology, even though the web has already moved deep into its second phase. The Internet today is not only the source of information, but also the way people do business. D...
Yuhong Wang12
Estimated H-index: 12
(ECU: East Carolina University)
It is widely recognized that sustainability should be incorporated into engineering education. To prepare students with sustainability knowledge and techniques, engineering educators need to develop appropriate class contents and effective teaching techniques. Based on experience from developing and teaching a sustainability course within the construction management program in the civil engineering department, this paper discusses the process of identifying sustainability knowledge areas, course...
Published on Oct 1, 2008
Michael J. Casey1
Estimated H-index: 1
(GMU: George Mason University)
IT in the civil engineering curriculum is often fragmented into courses that emphasize either design tools (e.g., CAD), or packages for analysis, planning and modeling. Graduating students often report a lack of coherence in the IT tools used in their courses and a distinctive gap in their junior years where technology skills are under-used or forgotten. Building information modeling (BIM) may offer the opportunity to unify disparate technologies to provide a coherent IT skill set for civil engi...
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Ki Pyung Kim2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UniSA: University of South Australia),
Sherif Mostafa6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Griffith University),
Kenneth Sungho Park3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Aston University)
Published on Jul 1, 2019in Journal of Cleaner Production6.39
I. Josa (UPC: Polytechnic University of Catalonia), Antonio Aguado26
Estimated H-index: 26
(UPC: Polytechnic University of Catalonia)
Abstract While economic and environmental aspects of civil engineering have attracted the greatest attention among contemporary academy, its social side has frequently been set aside. However, the social impact that infrastructures have is huge and its analysis and understanding are fundamental. At the same time, social aspects such as culture or human behaviour can have significant effects during the different stages of the lifecycle of infrastructures. Therefore, a better understanding of the ...
Oluwole Alfred Olatunji10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Curtin University)
Purpose Industry uptake of digital modeling is improving. Recent evidence suggests building information modeling (BIM) is the commercial reality of today’s construction education, and the way of the future that has truly begun. Amongst the significance of this is BIM’s potential to revolutionize the industry. The purpose of this paper is to use the learning experiences of undergraduate students in two construction management subjects involving quantity measurement and cost estimation to explore ...
Anne Anderson3
Estimated H-index: 3
(WSU: Washington State University),
Carrie Sturts Dossick12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UW: University of Washington),
Laura Osburn1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UW: University of Washington)
Published on Aug 1, 2019in International Journal of Project Management4.69
Mehran Oraee (University of Melbourne), M. Reza Hosseini13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Deakin University)
+ 3 AuthorsDongping Cao6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Tongji University)
Abstract Building information modelling (BIM) teams, hereafter referred to as BIM-based construction networks, are teams whose possibly geographically dispersed members from various organisations and disciplines, perform project tasks on BIM-enabled projects. In recent years, BIM-based construction networks have progressively become the norm in executing BIM activities on projects. However, even though achieving BIM's full capabilities relies on effective collaboration among the team members in ...
Published on May 1, 2019
Enoch Sackey2
Estimated H-index: 2
,
Enoch Sackey (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration)+ 0 AuthorsAndrew R.J. Dainty45
Estimated H-index: 45
(Lboro: Loughborough University)
Purpose The evolving roles of BIM and smart building technologies in the design and management of construction projects often present unexpected events and variabilities, which tend to erode professionals’ prior knowledge authority. The purpose of this paper is to explore how construction organisations can deploy knowledge and adapt to the requisite skills in order to make fitting responses to the ever-evolving technological and organisational transformations to address the prevailing constructi...
Published on Jun 22, 2019in Frontiers of Engineering Management
Žiga Turk9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Ljubljana),
Andreja Istenic Starcic7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Ljubljana)
Building information models (BIM) provide a way to represent buildings and communicate about them. In teaching engineering, we also need representations of buildings and are communicating knowledge about them. While teaching engineering we refer to the very same real-world objects that have an explicit conceptualization in BIM. This explicit conceptualization did not exist in the age when design communication relied on drawings and documents. The question that this paper asks is this: due to BIM...
Jonathan W. Elliott3
Estimated H-index: 3
(CSU: Colorado State University),
Scott Glick4
Estimated H-index: 4
(CSU: Colorado State University),
Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez5
Estimated H-index: 5
(CSU: Colorado State University)
ABSTRACTThe use of building information modeling (BIM) is well established in architecture, engineering and construction. However, previous studies note a lack of BIM expertise in academia, leading to slow adoption and limited knowledge on which to base BIM-related content. To improve course development, it is important to understand students’ perceptions of BIM-related subject matter. This study exposed estimating students (n = 214) to a model-based quantity takeoff (QTO) tutorial using Revit. ...
Solomon Olusola Babatunde (UJ: University of Johannesburg), Damilola Ekundayo1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Salford)
Purpose – In developing countries, adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) concept within the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) curricula in universities is a relatively new effort and subsequently, studies on the status of BIM implementation in universities are rare. This study, therefore, becomes imperative with a view to identifying and examining the barriers to the incorporation of BIM into quantity surveying (QS) undergraduate curriculum in the Nigerian Universities...