Introduction BIM in Engineering Curriculum: Student Perspectives from Gaza Strip's Universities

  • Ismail Al Daoor Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Applied Engineering and Urban Planning, University of Palestine, Gaza, PALESTINE
Keywords: BIM Education, Curriculum, Universities, Undergraduates Students, Gaza Strip


BIM is one of the most recent acronyms to appear in the world of architecture and construction. However, the Palestinian construction industry is encountering several problems as lack of application modern information technology and the lack of interest in BIM by Palestinian universities in Gaza Strip. So, the universities adopted strategy of using BIM as an innovative technology to allow the acquisition of new skills for student. This paper investigated the current situation and future approaches to incorporating the BIM in the curriculum and main challenges facing the BIM in engineering colleges in Palestinian universities. The population consists of bachelor engineering students; quantitative approach had adopted to collect data by using a questionnaire survey specially prepared for this purpose which was distributed to student. Returned data from 152 engineering students responding to survey were subjected to proper statistical analysis. The results indicated the knowledge about the technique is low, and they were dealing with BIM applications for duration less than one year. Focused recommendation of these results, is containing this technique as educational courses in universities, and updating this courses for suiting the technology changes periodically, providing specialized academics in order to educating and credence it officially.


Download data is not yet available.


Azhar, S., Khalfan, M., & Maqsood, T. (2012). Building information modelling (BIM): Now and beyond. Construction Economic and Building, 12, 15-28. Available at:

Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R., & Liston, K. (2011). BIM handbook: A guide to building information modeling for owners, managers, designers, engineers and contractors. (2nd ed.). Hoboken: Wiley.

Al Daoor, I. (2018). Exploring the use of building information modeling (BIM) in Construction Projects in Gaza Strip. In: First International Conference on Engineering & Future Technology (ICEFT2018) February 24-25, 2018, University of Palestine Gaza, Palestine. Journal of the University of Palestine for Research and Studies. First Special Issue of ICEFT2018, 7, 91-95.

Barlish, K. & Sullivan, K. (2012). How to measure the benefits of BIM—A case study approach. Automation in Construction, 24, 149-159.

Lin, Y. C., Chen, Y. P., Huang, W. T., & Hong, C. C. (2016). Development of BIM execution plan for BIM model management during the pre-operation phase: A case study. Buildings, 6(1), 8.

Solnosky, R. L. & Parfitt, M. K. (2015). A curriculum approach to deploying BIM in architectural engineering. In: AEI 2015, pp. 651-662.

Nieto, E., Antón, D., Rico, F., & Moyano, J. J. (2017). BIM methodology in building engineering degree: workshop in graphical expression of technologies subject. Building & Management, 1(1), 38-47.

Wu, W. & Kaushik, I. (2015). A BIM-based educational gaming prototype for undergraduate research and education in design for sustainable aging. In: 2015 Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 1091-1102.

Abbas, A., Din, Z. U., & Farooqui, R. (2016). Integration of BIM in construction management education: an overview of Pakistani engineering universities. Procedia Engineering, 145, 151-157.

Sánchez, A., Gonzalez-Gaya, C., Zulueta, P., & Sampaio, Z. (2019). Introduction of building information modeling in industrial engineering education: Students’ perception. Applied Sciences, 9(16), 3287.‏

Kolarić, S., Mandičák, T., Vukomanović, M., & Mesároš, P. (2018). BIM training in construction management educational practices in Croatia and Slovakia. In: Proceedings of the Creative Construction Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Kolarić, S., Vukomanović, M., Stober, D., & Dolaček-Alduk, Z. (2017). Assessing educational approaches to building information modeling (BIM) at construction management master studies in Croaitia. Technical Gazette, 24(4), 1255-1262.

López-Zaldívar, O., Verdú-Vázquez, A., Gil-Lopez, T., & Lozano-Díez, R. V. (2017). The implementation of building information modeling technology in university teaching: The case of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. International Journal of Rngineering Education, 33, 712-722.‏

Shelbourn, M., Macdonald, J., McCuen, T., & Lee, S. (2017). Students’ perceptions of BIM education in the higher education sector: A UK and US perspective. Industry and Higher Education, 31(5), 293-304.

Nawari, N. O. & Alsaffar, (2016). Planning and development of BIM curriculum for Kuwait. Journal of Civil Engineering and Science, 5(1), 15-32.

Zhang, J., Schmidt, K., & Li, H. (2016). BIM and sustainability education: Incorporating instructional needs into curriculum planning in CEM programs accredited by ACCE. Sustainability, 8(6), 525.

Abdirad, H. & Dossick, C. S. (2016). BIM curriculum design in architecture, engineering, and construction education: a systematic review. Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), 21(17), 250-271.‏

Sampaio, A. Z. (2015). The introduction of the BIM concept in civil engineering curriculum. International Journal of Engineering Education, 31(1B), 302-315.

Ahn, Y. H., Cho, C. S., & Lee, N. (2013). Building information modeling: Systematic course development for undergraduate construction students. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 139(4), 290-300.

Sacks, R. & Pikas, E. (2013). Building information modeling education for construction engineering and management. I: Industry requirements, state of the art, and gap analysis. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(11), 04013016.

Barison, M. B. & Santos, E. T. (2010, June). BIM teaching strategies: an overview of the current approaches. In: Proc. ICCCBE 2010 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering.

Enshassi, A. & AbuHamra, L. (2016). An investigation of building information modelling functions in the Palestinian construction industry. Revista Ingeniería de Construcción, 31(2), 138.

Kothari CR. (2004). Research methodology. (2nd ed.). New Delhi: New Age International P Ltd.

How to Cite
Ismail Al Daoor. (2021). Introduction BIM in Engineering Curriculum: Student Perspectives from Gaza Strip’s Universities. International Journal of Engineering and Management Research, 11(1), 213-221.