A Flexible Web Based Learning Tool for Construction and Surveying Students Using Building Information Modelling and Laser Scanning

Maurice Murphy, Dublin Institute of Technology
Garrett Keenaghan, Dublin Institute of Technology
Eugene McGovern, Dublin Institute of Technology
Sara Pavia, Trinty College Dublin

Document Type Conference Paper

Presented at the International Conference of Education Research and Innovation (IATED) (2009)


Teaching and training construction and surveying students using computer simulations of buildings although recently developed is not new. In the case of this project a novel aspect is introduced through applying advanced recording and building modelling techniques developed in the Faculty of the Built Environment in the Dublin Institute of Technology. In summary this learning software uses parametric objects representing intelligent building components which are brought together virtually by the student to create or form an entire building. The library of parametric objects contain the real world geometry, texture and specification of building parts allowing the student to virtually analyse and experience different forms of architecture and structure, this system is referred to as Building Information Modelling (BIM). The BIM can automatically create cut sections, details and schedules in addition to the orthographic projections and 3D models (wire frame or textured). The parametric building objects are not defined singularly but as systems using interaction with other objects and their own values (shape, texture etc.) within a BIM. A terrestrial laser scanner will be used to assist the capture and modelling of existing buildings and environments for use in the project. The learning software and virtual building models will be accessed by the student on the internet through PC, laptop and hand held devices allowing participation and support for traditional and non-traditional learners. This will also allow for progress at the student’s own pace, encouraging learning by doing practice.