BIM and teamwork of civil engineering students: A case study

Rodrigo F. Herrera, Juan C. Vielma, Felipe C. Muñoz

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The use of building information modelling (BIM) strengthens collaboration and reduces fragmentation in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry projects, improving performance and reducing costs. For this, not only the incorporation of technologies is required, but also a social change in the way in which the professionals of the area work and relate to each other. The teaching traditionally used in universities does not allow students to be trained in collaborative environments or to generate significant learning in this way. In this article, the authors present the implementation of team-based learning (TBL) for teaching BIM in a civil engineering programme and the learning curve required for this methodology. The importance of the planning of the hours of dedication of the students to the course was evidenced, showing long hours of dedication at the beginning of the course, focused mainly on individual work, recording increases in the hours of dedication to collaborative work in the stages for the delivery of projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
JournalGlobal Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2018


  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Engineering
  • Learning curve
  • Students
  • Team-based learning (TBL)
  • Teamwork


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