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GA School Offering New BIM, Design Degree

Monday, August 2, 2021

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Georgia Highlands College recently announced that it has partnered with SDS2 (a software provider for the steel construction industry) for the opening of a learning lab for students in the college’s new Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design and Construction program.

“GHC’s partnerships with local industry leaders in the field led to an affordable degree pathway to a fast-growing sector with high-paying careers,” the school said in its press release.

“The partnership with SDS2 gives students access to a learning lab at GHC’s Cartersville site with some of the leading software for 3D steel detailing software with intelligent connection design. SDS2 generously donated the software and technology utilized in this learning lab.”

Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Highlands College recently announced that it has partnered with SDS2 (a software provider for the steel construction industry) for the opening of a learning lab for students in the college’s new Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design and Construction program.

The lab officially opened in late June and the new bachelor’s program will go before the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for certification this fall. Slated to come online in January, it is reportedly one of just two programs of its kind in the nation. The other is at Purdue University.

Other Recent Programs

Last summer, a slew of colleges and universities added construction and design-related programs.

In May, the University of New Orleans (UNO) announced that it would be offering a new bachelor’s degree program in urban construction management, beginning in the fall of 2020.

The university reports that the new program is a first for the state of Louisiana and is the fifth bachelor’s degree program offered by UNO’s College of Engineering.

Currently, the university offers the only civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering programs in metro New Orleans, and one of only a handful of naval architecture and marine engineering programs in the nation.

Upon graduation, UNO reports that graduates will be able to:

  • Describe different urban residential and commercial construction techniques;
  • Evaluate sustainability principles in planning, design, and construction of an urban construction project;
  • Manage an urban construction project effectively; and
  • Formulate restoration plan and manage rehabilitation of a historic construction.

Then, in July, Auburn University announced a new doctorate degree in building construction, which reportedly made It one of only a handful of places to offer such a program nationwide. A description of the degree says that the track “emphasizes original scholarship in key areas such as high-performance buildings, n-D modeling and simulation of building construction processes, sustainability, integrated project delivery, facilities maintenance and management, and innovative construction education approaches.”

In terms of learning outcomes, the university says that by the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the construction industry at an appropriate level for doctoral study;
  • Identify research problems, choose appropriate research methods and data analysis techniques to prepare a research proposal related to building construction;
  • Use written, graphical and oral means of dissemination to effectively communicate research findings related to building construction; and
  • Teach construction students by developing a lesson plan, instructional materials and assessments for an undergraduate class.

A month later, in August, the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering launched a master’s program in Advanced Design and Construction Technology.

According to USC: “The multi-disciplinary program will focus on the built environment, pulling together experts in various engineering disciplines such as civil and environmental engineering, computer and data sciences, large-scale 3D printing and artificial intelligence, to develop professionals who will apply design and engineering towards the creation of sustainable cities, infrastructure, buildings and systems of the future.”

The program aims to develop expertise in topics such as sustainability, data analysis and visualization, computing, modeling, simulation, process engineering and manufacturing. Innovation and entrepreneurship will also be part of the curriculum.

   

Tagged categories: Building Information Modeling (BIM); Business matters; Education; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America

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