A new learning approach for Digital Construction

Sivagayinee Gangatheepan, Niraj Thurairajah, Melvyn Lees, Rachel Curzon

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Research Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationShaping Tomorrow's Built Environment
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherUniversity of Salford
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781912337040
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational research Conference 2017: Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment - University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sept 201712 Sept 2017


ConferenceInternational research Conference 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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