ITcon Vol. 27, pg. 48-69,

Implementing virtual reality - building information modeling in the construction management curriculum

submitted:December 2020
revised:April 2021
published:January 2022
editor(s):Esther Obonyo
authors:Sahar Y. Ghanem, Assistant Professor,
Eastern Kentucky University;
summary:As the industry transitions towards incorporating BIM in construction projects, adequately qualified students and specialists are essential to this transition. It became apparent that construction management programs required integrating Building Information Modeling (BIM) into the curriculum. By bringing Virtual Reality (VR) technology to BIM, VR-BIM would transform the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, and three-dimensional (3D) immersive learning can be a valuable platform to enhance students' ability to recognize a variety of building principles. The study carries out a methodology for implementing the VR-BIM in the construction management undergraduate program. Based on the previous literature review, in-depth analysis of the program, and accreditation requirements, VR-BIM will be implemented throughout the curriculum by combining stand-alone class and integration in the existing courses method. The challenges that may face the program planning to implement VR-BIM are discussed, and few solutions are proposed. The lab classroom layout appropriate for the applications is designed to be adjusted for several layouts to accommodate all learning styles and objectives. A comparison between different Head-Mounted Display (HMD) headsets is carried out to choose the appropriate equipment for the lab.
keywords:BIM, VR, Construction Management, Curriculum
full text: (PDF file, 0.501 MB)
citation:Ghanem S Y (2022). Implementing virtual reality - building information modeling in the construction management curriculum, ITcon Vol. 27, pg. 48-69,