WIT Press


PROBING POTENTIALS OF DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL MODELLING IN CONSTRUCTION COURSES

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

195

Pages

13

Page Range

43 - 55

Published

2020

Paper DOI

10.2495/ARC200041

Copyright

Author(s)

MORA A. HANA, KHALID S. AL-HAGLA, INGI ELCHERIF

Abstract

There are a variety of methods and tools used by educators to teach building construction to architecture students. These methods and tools aim to cover the many and complex skills and knowledge associated with this course. Modelling is a tool that is commonly being used during project-based learning within building construction courses. This research aims to: (1) Examine the potentials of digital and physical modelling as tools for project-based learning; (2) detect the relative ability between the two tools to enhance learning outcomes. The results of this research shall help educators make better decisions when choosing learning tools according to their educational goals. After reviewing the literature related to each tool, a comprehensive list for educational realms and learning outcomes related to building construction courses was developed. Based on this list, a questionnaire and investigative interviews were conducted with two groups, one of them had used digital modelling while the other had used physical modelling within two different projects. It was found that learning outcomes relate not only to the use of the tool itself, but also to the individual/ teamwork setting of the experience, in addition to the size and complexity of the project, and the diversity of its details, materials, and systems. The findings illustrate how these tools and settings can enhance learning outcomes.

Keywords

digital modelling, physical modelling, Revit, BIM, mock-up, design–build, building construction, project-based learning, architectural education