Curriculum renewal in architecture, engineering, and construction education: Visualizing building information modeling via augmented reality

Mehrdad Arashpour, Guillermo Aranda-Mena

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Building information modeling (BIM) has long been utilized in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) education. Learning and teaching (L & T) research has revealed a range of shortcomings in using BIM such as unfamiliarity of students and graduates with real-world field operations and decision making processes. Better visualization of BIM via augmented reality (AR) is an innovative educational approach that can address the aforementioned problems. This paper, proposes AR-powered BIM as a robust platform to be adopted in the AEC education with the aim of improving student experience and learning. After discussing advantages and disadvantages of BIM and AR as two separate platforms, opportunities and challenges to combine the two are investigated. This work contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of AEC education by investigating the dynamics of using AR-powered BIM in curriculum design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
EditorsEugenio Pellicer, José M. Adam, Victor Yepes, Amarjit Singh, Siamak Yazdani
Place of PublicationFargo ND USA
PublisherISEC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780996043748
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2017: Resilient Structures and Sustainable Construction - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 24 Jul 201729 Jul 2017
Conference number: 9th

Publication series

NameISEC 2017 - 9th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: Resilient Structures and Sustainable Construction


ConferenceInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleISEC 2017


  • AR-powered BIM
  • Bloom's taxonomy of learning objectives
  • Cognitive domains
  • Construction project management
  • Learning and teaching
  • Occlusion and registration
  • Off-site construction
  • Pedagogy
  • Prefabricated buildings
  • Remote sensing
  • Tertiary education theory
  • University students

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