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BIMPlay: Using Role Play and Games-Based Learning to explore working in a Collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) Environment

19th June 2017

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 Building Information Modelling (BIM) refers to a new collaborative way of working that places a digital model at the epicentre of the construction process to inform decisions during the entire lifecycle of a project. This poses a number of unique challenges for the sector in relation to cost, time, organisational culture, education, training and information management. In addition, recent research has found low levels of BIM awareness across construction-related disciplines in higher education, a lack of industry engagement and more worryingly, inertia in relation to integrating BIM across a wide range of programmes (Underwood and Ayoade, 2015).The seminar will employ an innovative pedagogical approach that will focus on the BIM collaborative process by utilizing game-storming learning strategies, including a series of adapted ‘Six Thinking Hats’ (©De Bono) role play exercises in a series of incremental capacity-building step exercises:1. Two pilot BIM process charrettes with the GMIT staff and students using control and BIM ‘flipped intervention’ groups to explore: professional personality profiles; collaborative working experiences; the traditional fragmented construction process; and the collaborative BIM process. Industry stakeholders representing each profession will act as facilitators to the multi-disciplinary teams within this active learning environment. Group work, self and peer assessment strategies will be embedded into the charrettes.2. A national seminar on ‘Exploring BIM Collaborative Pedagogies’ will be organised, to disseminate the findings from the GMIT pilots as well as inviting in guest speakers to explore the possibilities of collaborating and sharing resources across the higher education sector in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives of the seminar are as follows:
  1. Design and test an innovative BIM process charrette methodology to explore (with staff and students) the feasibility of embedding multidisciplinary collaborative exercises into the current curriculum
  2. Explore (with staff and students) a series of alternative assessment strategies to complement the charrette methodology, which will be developed into a series of rubrics through the lens of assessment FOR, OF and AS learning
  3. Identify opportunities for academic-industry collaboration in developing embedded collaborative BIM learning experiences within construction-related programmes and in industry settings i.e. using the charrette methodology as part of briefing phase on selected case study projects

Target Audience

Higher education staff and students and industry stakeholders


Mark Kelly


GMIT Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
GMIT Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
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