Construction Management Solutions for Faculty and Students

Provide your students with tools that help them derive insight about a project’s constructability by using model-based Autodesk construction solutions. Help students to more confidently forecast cost, scheduling, and explore coordination issues, so they are better prepared for professional practice.

Construction Management Curriculum

The value of BIM extends beyond design so be sure to check out Unit 7 in the BIM curriculum. It focuses on Modeling for Construction, Fabrication, and FM.  Learn about construction simulation, estimating, digital fabrication, and facilities management. Share any cool digital fabrication projects you’ve worked on here.

Unit 7 - Extending BIM Beyond Design

 

Explore Virtual Construction Models

  • Explore 4D visualizations for planning and trade coordination by linking 3D model data directly to project schedules.
  • Improve coordination and communication using one model within interdisciplinary collaboration design studios.
  • Create virtual construction models and enhance the ability to communicate construction intent with clarity

Improve Cost Reliability

  • Explore more accurate cost estimates using detailed spatial and material quantities provided by building information models.
  • More rapidly generate material takeoffs on construction projects to maintain more accurate project budgets and better evaluate the cost of design alternatives.
  • Analyze design clashes during the project design, enabling easier coordination of more cost-effective prefabricated materials.

Better Predict Project Outcomes

  • Aggregate data for time and space coordination to better identify design conflicts before the onset of construction.
  • More quickly assess and quantify the impact of scope changes on all trade subcontractors and the overall project plan.

Download Free* Autodesk Construction Management Software

Below is the Autodesk portfolio that completes the Construction Buildings Solutions that are available for student download today:

Model Creation

AutoCAD

AutoCAD Civil 3D

AutoCAD Architecture

AutoCAD MEP

Revit Architecture

Revit Structure

AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite

Inventor Professional

Visualization, Simulation, and Analysis

Navisworks Manage

3ds Max Design

Ecotect Analysis

*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies download of the software. The software is for personal use for education purposes and is not intended for classroom or lab use.

Screencasts, Videos, and Getting Started Guides

BIM for Construction in Education Screencast

Learn more about BIM for Constuction in Education through this informative screencast.

Videos

Visit Autodesk YouTube to view all the latest “What’s New” videos that highlight the product features and functionality.

www.youtube.com/AutodeskBuilding
www.youtube.com/ADSKInfrastructure

Services and Support

Get started with Construction Buildings Solutions.

AutoCAD
AutoCAD Civil 3D
AutoCAD Architecture
AutoCAD MEP
Revit Architecture
Revit Structure
Revit MEP
Navisworks Manage
3ds Max Design
Ecotect Analysis

Best Practices

See how professors are incorporating BIM in their classes, studios or labs. If you have something you would like to share, please contact jena.shore@autodesk.com.

MSOE Podcasts

Part 1
Professor Jeong Woo from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) explains how building information modeling (BIM) is incorporated into his construction management courses in part one of this two part interview.

Part 2
In the second part of this two part interview, Professor Jeong Woo from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) explains what construction management students need to know to prepare for their careers.

Auburn University and Tongji University
Auburn and Tongji faculty collaborated and developed a joint BIM Thesis Construction Management Collaboration Course. This international collaboration course highlights and supports BIM in Construction Management using the Autodesk BIM Portfolio.

  • 15 senior undergraduate students from each school will participate
  • Semester long course includes 5 weeks in China for collaboration
  • Students will study a building in China and will compare the costs and schedules of this project in the United States vs. China.
  • Collaboration includes exchanging/sharing information & comparing/studying the results.

Brigham Young University
Faculty members Kevin Miller, Kevin Burr, and Brian Capt at BYU are incorporating BIM in their construction management classes. See their course syllabi and visit their websites for more information.

Architectural Drafting and BIM Modeling (Sophomore Year)
Download the Course Syllabus

  • Basic Concepts of Drafting, Modeling and Documentation
  • Understand both AutoCAD® 2D and using Autodesk® Revit® Architecture for 3D
  • Hour lecture and 2 Hour Lab 2 times a week
  • Learning Objective: Develop an understanding of pre-construction activities and residential building components through drafting and modeling.

BIM Green Building and CM Class (Senior Year)
Download the Course Syllabus

  • Introduces students to BIM concepts using Autodesk® Revit ® Architecture, Autodesk® Revit ® Structure, Autodesk® Revit ® MEP and Autodesk® Navisworks. Students run Clash Detection on model components.
  • Use the same model for sustainable design analysis and testing
  • Learning Objective: Understand how the BIM model is used throughout the pre-construction phases with a focus on different forms of analysis
  • Website: http://www.kevinlburr.com/index.html

Scheduling and Estimating using BIM (Senior Year)
Download the Course Syllabus

  • Autodesk Revit model is used to run material takeoffs in both Autodesk Revit schedules and in Autodesk® Quantity Takeoff. Students develop an understanding of how to complete takeoffs without all components of the building model.
  • Autodesk Quantity Takeoff is used with Timberline to generate takeoffs of components in a project
  • Learning Objectives: Understand how to develop a model based cost estimate using BIM
  • Website: http://cmfac.groups.et.byu.net/miller/cm411/

Milwaukee School of Engineering
With the proliferation of BIM technologies, much has been written about the potentials of BIM, yet few have considered the questions of how students learn them in the classes. MSOE has not only implemented BIM into their curriculum, they have also conducted a case study in an undergraduate level class in order to observe the relationship between students’ learning style, construction experiences and performance modeling.

Case Study Overview

Student Work

MSOE Podcasts

Part 1
Hear from Milwaukee School of Engineering students Vinny Iacobucci and Ben Pielhop as they discuss how they used BIM technology to design a LEED Gold Certified police station for the City of Beaver Dam, WI in this part one of a two part interview.

Part 2
Vinny Iacobucci and Ben Pielhop from the Milwaukee School of Engineering continue their two part discussion on how understanding BIM is preparing them for challenges they will face in the workplace and how Autodesk software is allowing them to be leaders in design.

Beaver Dam Police Department

A team of architecture, engineering and construction management senior students used BIM in their design/build studio and collaboratively designed a LEED Gold Certified police station for the City of Beaver DAM, WI with the guidance of some industry professionals and faculty.

View the five minute YouTube video of their senior design presentation and see how it fits perfectly in the existing downtown area. Walk through the functional spaces and see the 4D schedule and impressive solar study. The team used Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Navisworks (part of the Autodesk BIM Portfolio) for this project. The Autodesk BIM portfolio enables AEC students to better prepare for sustainable practice in design and construction management and prepares them to work across multiple disciplines.

Learn More About the Team

Get Insight

Hear from executives on how building information modeling (BIM) is changing the way projects are designed, constructed, and managed as well as what industry should expect from construction engineering management students.

JE Dunn Construction

"BIM is changing the way projects are designed, constructed, and managed. As a general contractor with expertise in construction management, program management, and design-build, it is becoming more and more important to hire professionals with BIM experience or knowledge. As we move forward, having BIM skills is an absolute requirement.

My advice to academia is to integrate BIM into the curriculum today, and by doing this, students will be better prepared for the challenges they will face when they enter professional practice. BIM is at the forefront, and it facilitates deeper collaboration between owners, architects, engineers, and contractors. An excellent example of how some colleges are preparing their students is through an interdisciplinary collaboration studio, which helps support and provides insight into the BIM collaboration effort that students will experience in the workplace."

―Rodd Merchant, P.E., LEED AP

Vice President
JE Dunn Construction

Gilbane Building Company

"We are witnessing a major transition to the way that projects are being delivered in the construction industry. Building information modeling and integrated project delivery are proving to provide value and enhance project teams, and it is only in its infancy. BIM will continue to evolve and be refined. It is going to take people with the skill sets to not only understand BIM and the benefits it can offer but to leverage BIM in the daily operations of construction projects. It is a great time to be in the construction industry, and I look forward to the way that technology will continue to drive a path forward."

―Kevin M. Bredeson

Director of Virtual Construction, LEED AP
Gilbane Building Company

Articles

Construction Students Learn Technology
From MorningSun.net

Read about how students from Pittsburg State University are using BIM in their construction management class.

Read the Article

BIM Curriculum

Learn how to fluidly design, communicate, analyze and plan using BIM models in an IPD framework. Use Autodesk Revit 2014 to access the functionality of all the Revit disciplines in one interface.  

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Sustainability Workshop

Learn the principles of designing a net-zero energy building and simulate your work digitally to evaluate its economic and ecological viability.

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