2021 Volume 2 Issue 2 Pages 11-18
Building information modeling (BIM) is one of the most promising advances in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, which is generally embracing BIM/construction information modeling (CIM) by encouraging its association members and stakeholders to adopt these technologies. At the core of the BIM/CIM evolution is education. Accordingly, this research inquired into BIM education cases in the US, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore to comparatively analyze the BIM/CIM courses necessary to support industry development and plan a BIM/CIM curriculum. The process of BIM/CIM introduction in schools revealed that such an incorporation is more complex than simply adding new courses to an existing curriculum, as BIM/CIM has the potential to be an intrinsic part of an entire civil engineering program. This study developed a preliminary education framework that universities can use to collaborate with industry and IT companies in delivering BIM education. The program was developed by identifying the abilities required by industry for coordination with industry OJT. Moreover, two patterns of BIM/CIM education are proposed: cooperation in large metropolises and cooperation in local cities, for the equal development of construction industry.