Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling: Redefining the Relationship between Education and Practice

By Daniel Forgues and Burcin Becerik-Gerber.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Drastic changes are occurring in the construction industry. Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes and technologies, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approaches are transforming the way buildings are planned, designed, built and operated. BIM is a collective object, a virtual model of a building, to be developed and managed jointly by integrated design and construction teams. Moving from specialized design artefacts to this unique and integrated model challenges professional design practice and education in construction. This shift is creating enormous pressure on educational institutions to rethink how design and construction are taught to architects, engineers, and construction managers, and also rethink how knowledge is generated, mediated and formalized into new ways of organizing work. This paper describes experiments with a BIM interdisciplinary design studio as well as research on how to generate, share and experiment with new design practice knowledge in the classroom. Questions and issues regarding our readiness to cope with this paradigm shift are raised in the discussion.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Team, Design Laboratory, Building Information Modeling

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 673.562KB).

Dr. Daniel Forgues

Professor, Department of Construction Engineering, École de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Daniel Forgues is a professor in project management, information technology, and sustainable construction for the École de technologie Supérieure Construction Engineering Department in Montreal. He graduated in architecture, has a Master degree in project management, a Master degree in information management, and a PhD in engineering from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom. He is the founder and director of the Research Group on Integration and Sustainable Development. His research fields are management of complex projects, IT in construction, productivity, and integrated design. Prior to his academic career, Daniel has spent 23 years working in project management, consulting, and delivering professional training for private and public organizations in construction in IT and in manufacturing in process reengineering, project management methodology, maturity audits, change management, and PMO implementation.

Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, USA

Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber is an assistant professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. She has degrees both in architecture and civil engineering from Istanbul Technical University, University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard University—where she completed her doctoral degree. Her research explores how architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) information can be captured early in the project, and be carried and used throughout the "project life-cycle" – from concept to implementation – to facility management. Her research focuses on automating data collection and analysis for complex construction projects and facility management processes, as well as formalizing systematic processes in data and information representation and visualization to improve sustainability, and building efficiency.