BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING IN A COURSE ON INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, PLANTS AND CONSTRUCTION IN AN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM
At the close of our Teaching Innovation Projects (PID), participating students completed evaluation surveys and their feedback demonstrated that they are interested in and motivated by the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology. An initial BIM project was conducted on concrete and steel structures. Last year’s PID was implemented in the Industrial Construction class, which is part of the course on Industrial Facilities, Plants and Construction. This same course includes another subject called Industrial Facilities, which is also developed during the second semester. Our present goal is to conduct a new PID that improves and expands on the previous year’s PID so that the whole subject is approached globally. This objective requires the involvement of different departments and aims to show students the comprehensive and transversal nature of their education. We offer two complementary subjects with shared objectives and tools in collaborative and multidisciplinary tasks. In view of the above information, let us reiterate and underscore a vital aspect of a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering: transversality. In our case, we propose a collaborative endeavor among two departments (Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering) and two companies from the construction sector (CYPE Ingenieros, S.A and INDEX Fixing Systems). Following our previous PID, we set out to expand this line of research in the future and incorporate other subjects from the Master’s degree program.
Therefore, the BIM methodology will be implemented in the course Industrial Facilities, Plants and Construction with the following project title: "Building Information Modeling in the course on Industrial Facilities, Plants and Construction in the Industrial Engineering Master’s degree program." The set-up of our Industrial Engineering Master’s degree program (which is based on an engineering project-based learning methodology) represents an ideal testing ground to implement this methodology. This approach integrates students’ knowledge and competences to develop an engineering project. Once the activities have been completed, students will complete a satisfaction survey to provide feedback and inform our on-going commitment to improvement.