Teaching BIM as a collaborative information management process through a continuous improvement assessment lens: a case study

Dragana Nikolic, Fadi Castronovo, Robert Leicht

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Purpose: This study explores a pedagogical approach to teaching students a collaborative information delivery process in the context of BIM. The objectives were to understand how students approach this complex, open-ended problem of planning their collaborative process and then identify strategies for improving their process through a plan-do-check-act cycle and reflecting on the applicability of industry standards. Design/methodology/approach: The authors present a longitudinal case study based on qualitative data from the 3 consecutive years of teaching a senior undergraduate course in a construction engineering program. Findings: The findings offer a rich picture of how students approached this collaborative process and emphasize the complex nature of teaching BIM as information management process. The authors present instances of how students made sense of BIM standards through applied experience. The findings also demonstrate the value of an outcome-based approach whereby knowledge is gained through an iterative plan-do-check-act cycle. Here, the BEP and model deliverables served only as vehicles to test and apply a range of skills by making them more explicit. Practical implications: The research contributes to the literature on mechanisms that support students in planning, managing and improving collaborative information strategies in a BIM context. Specifically, the authors illustrate a tension in how to pedagogically deploy industry-oriented process planning methods to establish relevance for students in order to effectively engage in interdisciplinary teams. Originality/value: In this paper, the authors argue that teaching students how to plan, design and enact effective BIM collaboration information delivery is firmly nested within pedagogical management and communication skills. The authors illustrate with examples how students make sense of BIM approaches by making them concrete and meaningful to their own experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2248-2269
Number of pages22
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 26 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture


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