BIM-based multidisciplinary building design practice - a case study

Ruoyu Jin, Llewellyn Tang, Craig Hancock, Luke Allan

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Purpose / Context - As the emerging digital technology, Building Information Modelling has been applied in the multidiscip linary design work for sustainable houses. This study aims to input the real - world design context into the BIM pedagogy and to demons trate the capacity of BIM in e n- hancing teamwork in the cross - disciplinary collaboration. Methodology / Approach – A case study of a Saint Lucia - based residential house project was adopted by utilizing BIM as the platform to carry on the redesign plan di ffering from an existing design . Nine different student design teams from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, each team consisting of students from architecture, civil engineering, and architectural environmental engineering, worked in the BIM - based platform to provide solutions on architectural model, stru c- tural design , cost estimate, and sustainability in terms of energy efficiency . Each team’s design plan was presented and evaluated by academics, the client, and construction professionals. Results – The case study demonstrates the capacity of BIM in assisting the cross - disciplinary project design. BIM learners gained the practical experience in the team design work. As the pr o- ject deliverable, different design plans were evaluated by the cli ent and the contractor for fu rther developments. The BIM project experience from team members wa s also presente d in this study. Key Findings / Implications – The BIM education provides the insights of how colleague educ a- tion could equip students with the state - of - the - art learning experience by incorporating the real - world project into the BIM pedagogy. BIM, as the coordination platform, could be fully utilized to implement the building design. This case project serves as an example of briding the gap b etween BIM academia and industry. Future BIM education could continue adopting the case study - based experiential learning approach and expand BIM applications from design to the construction stage. Originality – This work provides the case study in the pedagogical practice demonstrating the BIM - enabled multidisciplinary colla boration in architectural visualization, structural design , budg et control, and sustainability str ategies .
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2016
Event7th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings - Brisbane, Australia, 20-24 November 2016
Duration: 7 Nov 2016 → …


Conference7th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings
Period7/11/16 → …


  • Building Information Modelling
  • multidisciplinary collaboration
  • sustainability
  • cost estimate
  • pedagogy


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