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BIM-Hub, Educating Future Built Environment Professionals to Work in BIM Environment
Increasing international collaboration in the building industry is resulting in fast-growing demand for professionals that can work in virtual teams within online Building Information Modelling (BIM) environments. International digital collaboration heralds a new way of working on site, and it will inevitably redefine the future of construction education. Built environment students with BIM competencies will have a competitive advantage in the job market. But there is little understanding of how educators can adapt quickly enough to this emerging area.
The BIM-Hub initiative explores how educators can help students hone their BIM competencies and their ability to collaborate internationally in a real-time collaborative BIM environment. The project captured the experience and identified the skills required to collaborate across highly-integrated platforms. It also examined the impact of these skills on overall employability.
Guidance for tutors and lecturers on effective practice for international BIM education has already been issued as a result of this initiative. The findings and guidance are now being shared publicly, with the aim of encouraging a community of learning to develop.
The Judges said, "The judging panel was impressed that the innovation had been driven on an individual basis. This was a tight cohort of colleagues spread across three universities who clearly found the motivation amongst themselves to implement this initiative. The innovation not only created cross-disciplinary learning for students in a digital environment, but also achieved the learning at an international level. The panel applauds Robby’s effort and enthusiasm in developing this innovative teaching and learning approach in a BIM environment.”
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