Academic Interoperability Coalition

2014 - 8th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review

AEC-ST - Washington, DC

BIM Academic Symposium:
Advancing BIM in the Curriculum

Earn 6.25 Learning Units

Friday, January 10, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

There is a transformational disruption occurring in the academic world. In order to support building information modeling (BIM), and the offshoot opportunities that BIM creates to improve productivity, educators are changing the way they teach students.

During the BIM Academic Symposium, educators and building professionals will take a look at how BIM is currently being taught in academic institutions. Representatives from different academic programs, as well as industry experts, will convene to discuss how to help the architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator (AECOO) professions improve technology-based collaboration through BIM educational activities. Presentations will feature approaches that educational institutions are taking at different levels of college curriculum to incorporate BIM educational activities into their programs. Speakers will highlight the importance of establishing credentialing, accreditation and/or certification into programs to identify those students that have attained a specific educational outcome level.

Following the event, the papers presented at the BIM Academic Symposium will be viewable worldwide to further academic models and generate international dialogue about the issues.


  • Shahnaz Aly, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Technology, Western Kentucky University
  • Adam J. Bogedain, Construction Management Graduate Student, School of Engineering Technology, Eastern Michigan University
  • Caroline M. Clevenger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Management, Colorado State University
  • Carrie Sturts Dossick, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Built Environments, University of Washington
  • Raymond Issa, PhD, Professor and Director, Rinker School of Building Construction, University of Florida
  • Marcel Maghiar, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Information Technology, Georgia Southern University
  • Tamera McCuen, Associate Professor of Construction Science, University of Oklahoma
  • Elizabeth Pober, Assiostant Professor, Division of Interior Design, University of Oklahoma
  • Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, NCARB, Associate Professor/Department Chair, Construction, University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • Guillermo F. Salazar, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Dana K. "Deke” Smith, FAIA, Executive Director, National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance
  • Wei Wu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Construction Management, California State University, Fresno
  • Haiyan Xie, PhD, PE, CPC, CDT, MASCE, Associate Professor, Department of Construction Management, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


  • Learning Outcomes Assessments
  • Pedagogical Models
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches
  • Research Opportunities
  • Accreditation Issues
  • Curriculum Integration
  • Sample Courses and Sample Lessons
  • Student Projects
  • Industry Involvement
  • Academic Business Models and Return on Investment (ROI)

Symposium Schedule

The presentations and papers below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. 

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Morning Session – Opening Comments 
Raymond Issa

8:45 am – 9:000 am

Introduction to the Academic BIM Consortium
Tamera McCuen

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Its Future in Undergraduate Architectural Science Capstone Projects
Shahnaz Aly

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Integrated AEC Studio: Iteration Between Analysis and Design for Interdisciplinary Learning
Carrie Dossick

9:30 am – 9:45 am

The Challenges of Advancing BIM in the Curriculum while Addressing Current Accreditation Standards for Construction
Tamera McCuen

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Panel Session
Aly, Dossick, McCuen

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 10:30 am

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) within an Interdisciplinary Course for Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Glendali Rodriguez

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Project Coordination Using Cloud-Based BIM Computing in Education
Raymond Issa

10:45 am – 11: am

Planning and Scheduling Curriculum Integration of BIM with Industry Input
Marcel Maghiar

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Panel Session
Rodriguez, Issa, Maghiar

11:15 pm – 12:00 pm

Where Are We with BIM Education?/Where Do We Need to Be?
Deke Smith

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Keynote Lunch

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Afternoon Session Comments
Guillermo Salazar

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Encouraging Students’ Involvement through the Use of Structured Discovery Learning Strategies in Teaching BIM Courses
Haiyan Xie

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Teaching Modules Documenting the Development of a Center for Virtual Design and Construction
Caroline Clevenger

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

A BIM-Enabled Integrated Design Approach for an Athletic Field/Parking Garage Facility at the WPI Campus
Guillermo Salazar

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Panel Session
Xie, Clevenger, Salazar

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm


3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

The Soft Side of BIM: Current Practice of BIM Talent Acquisition in the AEC Industry
Wei Wu

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

The Application of BIM for Interior Design and the Implications for Facility Management
Elizabeth Pober

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Building Information Modeling and Copyright
Adam Bogedain

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Panel Session
Wu, Pober, Bogedain

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Discussion of Future Directions and Events
Raymond Issa

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Comments
Raymond Issa