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Preparing architectural technology students for BIM 2016 mandate.

Salman, Huda




This paper presents a challenging stand for architectural technology (AT) students, and roles. What roles are AT graduates going to play before and after the 2016 Building Information Modelling (BIM) mandate and how academia is preparing them for such roles. All these questions and others have been debated since the mandate, speculation more than any other tangible knowledge or experience is the basis for most changes to the AT curriculum. AT student expectations have been explored and the different opportunities that a graduate might have, in the light of the suggested roles. A survey was designed and emailed to third year students in the second semester of their study. The purpose was to understand students perception on BIM within the context of professional practice (s) this included both; work placement and Simulated Professional Practice. The results suggest that BIM as a practice in context still lacking, however AT graduates feel confident for the mandate. But to overcome the current transitional stage academia needs both; contextual teaching and training of BIM, and stronger ties with the industry. Achieving that would provide well-trained and confident AT graduates to take up the transitional change competently and innovatively in AEC practices.


SALMAN, H. 2013. Preparing architectural technology students for BIM 2016 mandate. In Kouider, T. (ed.) Proceedings of the 4th International congress on architectural technology (ICAT 2013): architectural technology: the defining features, 22 March 2013, Sheffield, UK. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University [online], pages 142-158. Available from:

Conference Name 4th International congress on architectural technology (ICAT 2013)
Conference Location Sheffield, UK
Start Date Mar 22, 2013
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2013
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2013
Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 9, 2015
Publisher Robert Gordon University
Pages 142-158
Keywords Building Information Modelling (BIM); Education; Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD)
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