BIM Education: State of BIM Education at Universities

Posted by modlar in BIM on December 13th, 2012 7 Comments
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BIM education is an interesting topic of conversation. We know that one of the expenses of BIM is training and education; so if we start education early enough will this ease the burden of training costs? According to Barison and Santos’s article many universities, especially those in the US, are adopting BIM into their curriculum, some even as early as 2003. According to them Pennsylvania State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Montana State University and University of Wyoming are the leaders in BIM education.

The question is, are we doing enough at schools teaching undergraduates and graduates about BIM? After all, education provides us future BIM practitioner, don’t they? Or is it up to the industry to train new graduates, such as an apprenticeship or internship?

A simple Google search shows that some of the universities that offer specific postgraduate degrees in BIM (Master degrees with ‘BIM’ in the degree title) are the University of SalfordUniversity of Glamorgan and Northumbria University.

Please share your thoughts about your University/College, perhaps you’re a student or a professor, tell us what you think or what your school is doing (or not doing) with BIM.

BIMstop is also happy to have users from all of the above Universities, it’s great to know we have positively impacted the projects of so many students.

Source: Barison and Santos

  • Bilal Succar

    True, BIM Education is an interesting topic and a particularly tough challenge. In my opinion, BIM Education cannot be addressed through a slow change in university curricula but through an extended collaborative effort between industry and academia. This collaborative approach is necessary because we need to address the educational requirements of students as well as those of their lecturers. We also should not forget current professionals and tradespeople.
    You’ll be interested to read “BIM in Practice – BIM Education” documents as published by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and Consult Australia (CA) in August 2012. The three complementary documents can be downloaded directly from here (PDF 554KB) or from (free registration required).

    • bimstop

      Hi Bilal,
      Yes that is so very true. Thanks for the links we’ll definitely have a read and post a blog about them to reach others!

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