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40 universities issue grand call to spread BIM use, education

40 universities issue grand call to
spread BIM use, education

group SETs AUG. 1 DEADLINE for surveys, applications

The following open letter was posted July 17 on LinkedIn.


Dear Colleagues,

We, the Academic Interoperability Coalition (AIC) – a coalition of over 40 universities worldwide – cordially invite you to participate in a grand effort that investigates the body of knowledge in BIM implementation and use across the disciplines. Results of this effort will have profound impacts on our understanding of the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities in effective project delivery using BIM. The project will also provide a road map for strategic BIM innovation and diffusion through academic education, future workforce development, professional training, certification, and licensing.

We are currently assembling a Delphi Panel consisting of a broad range of backgrounds, experience levels and geographic diversity that represent the broad spectrum of disciplines where BIM has been adopted and implemented. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey to be considered for this 20-30-person panel. We expect that a time commitment of 2-3 hours per Delphi cycle will be required and there will be three cycles. All information collected through this survey will only be used for internal review purposes. We will contact you for final consent, if you are selected as a panelist.

If you are interested in representing the BIM education efforts at your academic institution by participating, please contact architect Deke Smith, (former executive director of the buildingSMART Alliance at the National Institute of Building Sciences.) He can be reached at

The link to the demographic survey/application can be found here. We will be accepting surveys and applications until August 1, 2015.

Please feel free to forward this to others whom you feel would be interested in participating. 

Thank you!


Raymond Issa, Ph.D., J.D., P.E., F.ASCE, API,

Chair, Academic Interoperability Coalition; Holland Professor and Director Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling, University of Florida, Rinker School of Construction Management; Vice President for North America, Pan American Association of Engineering Societies (UPADI)
Senior Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering

AIC members include University of Florida, Fresno State, Penn State, LSU, UNC Charlotte, University of Oklahoma, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Georgia Southern, and many more schools and individuals.

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