A new learning approach for Digital Construction

Gangatheepan, Sivagayinee, Thurairajah, Niraj, Lees, Melvyn and Curzon, Rachel (2017) A new learning approach for Digital Construction. In: International Research Conference 2017: Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment, 11th - 12th September 2017, Manchester, UK.

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The construction industry is embracing a journey towards digitalisation, and Building Information Modelling (BIM) is playing a key role in this transformation towards digital construction. However, some studies claim that the lack of BIM-related skills among construction professionals is a major barrier to this change. Therefore, adopting a new learning approach is vital to develop the skills which can produce a radical shift in employees’ perception of working to achieve the project goals. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and a case study was examined to evaluate current construction practices. These were viewed through the lens of connectivism to understand the complex learning that happens in a rapidly changing digital world. In connectivism, learning is the formation of connections in a network which is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. This study explores how learning takes place in BIM construction projects and recommends that stakeholders within such projects need to approach their learning environment in a connected way to achieve their project goals. Moreover, this allows people to learn continuously and respond appropriately to information on the changing project environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modelling (BIM), Connectivism, Construction Industry, Digitalisation, Learning Environment
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 14:28
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 12:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38500

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