2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal)

2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference

Construction Software Technology Education at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

Mr. Jason Hailer, Cal Poly - SLO (Presenter)
Mr. Andrew Kline, Cal Poly - SLO
Dr. John Cribbs, Wentworth Institute of Technology

This paper discusses the challenges, accomplishments and overall process of teaching Building Information Modeling (BIM) at a major university. The focus of the California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly-SLO) Construction Management Department’s Technology class was to introduce and utilize relevant technologies currently deployed within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Industry partners from the Cal Poly-SLO Construction Management Advisory Council (CMAC) participated in a survey and/or an interview to understand industry expectations in regards to technology readiness from a future graduate. Based on these results and the support of the departments Technology Advisory Committee (CTAC), the course implemented ten of the top software platforms into the class. Following each quarter course session, students participate in a survey regarding their understanding of the software tools and whether they feel confident deploying those tools in their professional careers. This paper introduces the software platforms introduced in the course, the lab-based exercises the students complete in order to prepare graduates to be successful entering the workforce and the results of the industry and student surveys/interviews. Further survey/interview data will be collected to determine if the construction technology skill-set development fulfills the dual goals of preparing students as well as graduating 1st-year AEC professionals capable of utilizing these software platforms effectively and efficiently. UPDATE: Due to the reviewers comments upon abstract acceptance, the paper was expanded to include a comparison of BIM curriculum deployment at a similar institution.