Assessment methods in split-level (Pbl)² for building information modelling

Menzel, K., Otreba, M., Guerra, A., Kolmos, A., Chen, J. and Winther, M. (2020) Assessment methods in split-level (Pbl)² for building information modelling. 8th International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning, IRSPBL 2020. pp. 381-391.


This paper presents the results of a split-level (PBL)²-scenario implemented at University College Cork, Ireland. Participants came from a four year Honours Bachelor Degree Programme in Civil Engineering and a 90 credit, one year MEngSc. Degree Programme in Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. The aim of the split-level (PBL)²-scenario was to improve the education in Building Information Modelling, with a special emphasis on networked working methods. The challenge for BIM-courses is always to expose students to all facets of BIM, i.e. Product Modelling, Process Modelling, Communication amongst interdisciplinary teams, version management and quality control. Recently, the legislator in the U.K. came up with seven new distinct role models for BIM-projects, whereas three of these role models are expected to work on project level and four roles are expected to work on task team level. Different qualifications are required to deliver the activities in excellent quality and to execute the authorities of these roles on an informed basis in a responsible manner. Educators, especially third level institutions, have limited opportunities to expose students to real world scenarios, covering all aspects of a BIM-project. The authors argue, that through the presented split-level arrangement the educational needs in BIM can be covered to the broadest extend possible with a much higher impact than reported in other teaching and learning scenarios. © The authors, 2020.

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