Interdisciplinary Course Smart Building Engineering: A new approach of teaching freshmen in remote teamwork project under pandemic restrictions

  • In the context of the Corona pandemic and its impact on teaching like digital lectures and exercises a new concept especially for freshmen in demanding courses of Smart Building Engineering became necessary. As there were hardly any face-to-face events at the university, the new teaching concept should enable a good start into engineering studies under pandemic conditions anyway and should also replace the written exam at the end. The students should become active themselves in small teams instead of listening passively to a lecture broadcast online with almost no personal contact. For this purpose, a role play was developed in which the freshmen had to work out a complete solution to the realistic problem of designing, construction planning and implementing a small guesthouse. Each student of the team had to take a certain role like architect, site manager, BIM-manager, electrician and the technitian for HVAC installations. Technical specifications must be complied with, as well as documentation, time planning and cost estimate. The final project folder had to contain technical documents like circuit diagrams for electrical components, circuit diagrams for water and heating, design calculations and components lists. On the other hand construction schedule, construction implementation plan, documentation of the construction progress and minutes of meetings between the various trades had to be submitted as well. In addition to the project folder, a model of the construction project must also be created either as a handmade model or as a digital 3D-model using Computer-aided design (CAD) software. The first steps in the field of Building information modelling (BIM) had also been taken by creating a digital model of the building showing the current planning status in real time as a digital twin. This project turned out to be an excellent training of important student competencies like teamwork, communication skills, and self -organisation and also increased motivation to work on complex technical questions. The aim of giving the student a first impression on the challenges and solutions in building projects with many different technical trades and their points of view was very well achieved and should be continued in the future.

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Author:Lina Schulze-BuxlohORCiD, Rolf Fritz GroßORCiD
Parent Title (English):New Perspectives in Science Education -International Conference (virtual event, 18-19 March 2021)
Place of publication:Bologna
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2021
Date of the Publication (Server):2023/09/06
Tag:BIM; Freshmen; Smart Building Engineering; remote teamwork; roleplay
Length:4 Seiten
New Perspectives in Science Education - 10th Edition
18-19 March 2021
Fully Virtual Conference
Institutes:FH Aachen / Fachbereich Bauingenieurwesen
FH Aachen / Solar-Institut Jülich
collections:Verlag / Filodiritto