BIM includes information-rich 3D representation and visualization of the physical world in the virtual world. Therefore, BIM models and tools themselves can become a good source of interactive learning about architecture, engineering, construction, and facilities management (AEC-FM). This pilot will create and test a web-based BIM-construction learning platform that allows users to learn about building design, construction, etc using annotated and commented BIM models as the learning material. The learning platform combines complementary technologies such as interactive ebooks, and BIM. Using InBookModE, users can author books, reports and case studies that are integrated with BIM models. Thus, readers can navigate and explore models and the book content at the same time, facilitating case based learning.
The implementation of the InBookModE prototype is in progress, and first sample book/ case report using the prototype InBookModE platform will be ready by October-November 2017. The developed content on InBookModE will be tested with students and industry practitioners to assess usability and usefulness of the interactive platform as a learning source. The first set of pilot studies will be conducted by January 2018, which is the current period of funding for the InBookModE Kira-Digi funding.