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Enhancing the non-technological skills required for effective building information modeling through problem-based learning

Abdul Rahimi, Abdul Rahman and Ayer, Steven K. (2019) Enhancing the non-technological skills required for effective building information modeling through problem-based learning. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 24. pp. 154-166. ISSN 1874-4753

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is often associated with the use of new and emerging technologies, but prior research has indicated that non-technological, people- and process-related, issues can hinder the success of BIM even more than the technology itself. Previous work also suggests that analytical and problem-solving, communication, initiative, planning and organizational, and teamwork competencies among construction professionals can help to resolve the most common BIM issues in construction projects. This indicates a new and complementary set of BIM skills that may need to be targeted by educators when preparing students for successful future careers. Previous literature from non-BIM domains suggests that problem-based learning can enhance these types of skills, but there is not an understanding of the extent to which this mode of education can benefit BIM-specific applications. This study aims to analyze the impact of implementing a single-session problem-based learning module that targets the previously identified skills in BIM-relevant contexts. It was found that problem-based learning enabled students to generate better outputs related to solving common issues in BIM-based construction projects. Furthermore, students perceived improvements in their analytical and problem-solving, teamwork, and communications skills after completing the activity. This study adds to the body of knowledge by providing educators with empirical evidence to illustrate how problem-based learning can support BIM education. The lessons from this study could help educators target these same learning benefits in future studies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Indexed by Scopus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modeling (BIM); Problem-based learning, skills; S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, & time-based)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Civil Engineering & Earth Resources
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 08:24
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 08:24
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