- Officials at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Georgia, have launched a Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design and Construction program scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022. Georgia Highlands will be one of the few schools in the country to come to Purdue University with such a degree.
- The four-year curriculum includes advanced training in BIM and VDC technology as well as operational and construction management. It also requires that students complete a graduation project, internship, or both during their final year in the program.
- A university spokesman confirmed that the course will not have any enrollment restrictions. The program will be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools this fall.
The use of BIM and VDC in construction, which uses advanced computer modeling to digitally “construct” a project from the ground up before the buckets ever become dirt on the construction site, is on the rise worldwide. According to research firm Market Reports World, the global BIM industry is projected to have an average annual growth rate of nearly 14% and a market value of over $ 7.7 billion by 2025.
Georgia Highlands College is working with construction technology company Trimble to develop the curriculum for the program. Trimble also donated BIM and VDC software and technology to the program for use. Jason Christian, Interim Dean, Georgia Highland School of Science, technology, engineering, and math said in an email that it was the first program of its kind in Georgia and the second nationwide.
In addition to venturing into a rapidly growing field, the university also benefits from donations from companies specializing in architecture, engineering and construction. The college partnered with SDS2, a software design company focused on building modeling, which donated the software and technology to a learning laboratory on the college’s Cartersville site. The new laboratory has state-of-the-art technology for modeling 3D steel detailing according to a Press release.
While the size and diversity of the construction market posed challenges for the uniform introduction of BIM in projects around the world,The growth of BIM is now causing governments to become aware of it. Countries all over the world are involved BIM mandates on certain projects.
While the United States does not currently have a national BIM mandate, some states, such as Wisconsin, require BIM for government-funded projects. And at the federal level the US Army Corps of Engineers has integrated BIM requirements into its contracts.