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BIM in Academia

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has the potential to facilitate smart design, innovation, and collaboration — all of which are traits SOM looks for when seeking out new team members. With rapid changes in technologies, the challenge is not to find individuals who know how to use the latest BIM product, but to find those who have a clear understanding of the fundamentals and are able to adapt. Recognizing the importance of methodologies over software, how do we as an industry teach principles instead of commands?

Through integrated design and partnerships with universities, we aim to foster an approach that looks to technology as a way to aid and enrich our problem-solving explorations. We will illustrate several projects in which SOM architects and engineers have taken the lead in developing innovative design through new technologies, with an emphasis placed on the processes and methodologies developed. In addition we will look at several of our collaborations with universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We will analyze both of these areas to identify several core educational principles.