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MCI New Building: From Practice to Teaching

The idea was obvious and yet daring. Why not use the planning data for the new building of the Management Campus Innsbruck to give students there a practical insight into modern planning with BIM?

Our colleagues from the BIM Excellence department, who were involved in the construction project from the very beginning by combining the data from the specialized planning into a common data model, were immediately on fire. After all, the two colleagues Alexander Diebalek and Oliver Philips also regularly give lectures at other technical colleges and universities on the topic of Building Information Modeling. BIM is THE driver in the construction industry - not only because of the digitization aspect, but also because of the interdisciplinary and collaborative way of working that goes beyond and connects the individual disciplines of architecture, structural design and technical building services.

At the entrepreneurial MCI University, the Smart Building Technologies program is offered in the form of a dual degree program. In each of the 6 semesters, students complete both a study phase at MCI and a practical phase at a partner company, where they can put their knowledge into practice straight away.

The colleagues were invited to speak in a 3-day seminar about modern planning with BIM, naturally with a focus on building services engineering. What could be more suitable than to use the planning data for the new campus building? The project, which is being handled by ARGE PORR and Ortner as part of a total contractor contract, is based on the design by Henning Larsen Architects, which won an international competition. Currently, the general planning is being carried out by pde's specialist planners, with the BIM Excellence department taking on the role of data management, visualization and the creation of construction process simulations. This also gave rise to the idea of bringing a simulation of the model to the seminar to illustrate the procedure to the students.

For once, this was not a data model, but a model made of Lego bricks, which is otherwise primarily used to illustrate the LEAN way of working in planning and construction.

In the further course, the BIM data model was of course also discussed, but the MCI students and teaching staff, who have a personal connection with the project, were pleased about the practical reference to their future place of work and teaching.

A lasting impression of the working method on a practical object followed and the exchange of knowledge went much deeper than in other courses. The feedback afterwards was extremely positive. Rector Andreas Altmann also thanked the colleagues for the quick and uncomplicated preparation of the 3-day seminar and the exciting insights they provided into the construction project.