By many accounts, American classrooms are not using the most effective means to properly educate andtrain young graduates and professionals. Common goals involve educational achievement and thereforemarket advantage for students, with a wide variety of proposed solutions. Among the many solutions,technology in the classroom environment has been touted as one route for translating academic goals tothe market. Education in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is no different:a rise in industry and classroom technology, paired with enrollment, justifies the need to re-focussolutions from technology to provide for the academic and market needs in the built environment. Therecent Virginia Tech 2009 Solar Decathlon Competition (VTSD), named lumenHAUS, offered an idealsetting for better understanding effective uses of technology in the translation of these AEC goals. VTSDwas a student-led, integrated classroom environment incorporating students of all disciplines in the designand construction of an energy-efficient home. Information and communication technologies (ICT) playeda major role in the educational and competitive efforts. This paper aims to describe academic uses andbenefits of ICT for the modern AEC classroom through: 1) presenting common goals of the traditionalAEC educational environment to those of the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition and Virginia Tech’sdesign-build educational environment, 2) presenting various forms of ICT used to accomplish these goalsand 3) discussing broad outcomes of applications for incorporated technologies across the design-buildprocess.
Keywords : IT Supported Architectural and Engineering Design, Communication and CollaborationTechnologies, Model Based Management Tools and Systems, Building Information Modeling.
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