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Background

Digital transformation is one of the EU's top priorities as it strengthens Europe's capacity for new digital technologies and creates new opportunities for businesses and consumers. Digital transformation should benefit everyone, put people at the center and provide new business opportunities. The digital transformation in construction is thus changing an entire sector of the economy. Universities must meet this changing demand with new training programs.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling(BIM) plays an important role in the digitalization of the construction industry. BIM is the digital model and working method for the design, construction, operation and deconstruction of buildings. It is about building more digitally and using digital transformation to design, construct, operate and deconstruct buildings in a better, more resource-efficient,climate-friendly and quality-assured way.

digitalizationBIM-related lectures are now offered as a subject at many universities in almost all countries, but the focus is rarely on the practical application of what has been learned. There should be much more emphasis on experiencing and designing with virtual models. Learning to work together on a model is best achieved in decentralized teamwork.

the project idea

"The DigitalDECATHLON" is one of these new training programs, challenging students to learn and practice digital collaboration in a playful and interdisciplinary design competition. The Digital DECATHLON is an interdisciplinary and intercultural competition for students of architecture, civil engineering, building services engineering and related disciplines to train digital design skills using BIM tools and methods in a collaborative way of working. In addition, the Digital DECATHLON is a unique training that provides participating students with an easy introduction to digital design and prepares them to work together in international teams. The competition links higher education institutions in Europe and promotes European identity. It opens new horizons of knowledge and perspectives of cooperation.

procedure

In the first phase, the competition will bring together students from different European countries in one place to start the design competition. The collaboration will take place when the students are back in their home cities, using communication tools on a working platform that is being developed and will accompany the competition. The virtual working platform requires the active participation of the students and guides them through the phases of the competition, supported by teachers and trainers who accompany the project. Learning modules will be developed and made available for self-organized learning, providing participants with content tailored to their needs. The competition lasts one semester and ends with a second meeting of all participants at a different location. At this time, the results are presented and the event is concluded with an award ceremony.

History of the project

The Digital DECATHLON is based on the idea of the BIM Game developed as an Erasmus+ project 2016-2019. This game idea will now be internationalized as "Digital Decathlon", integrated into the curriculum and developed into a competition anchored in the European higher education landscape. Prof. Dr. Gregor Grunwald and Prof. Dr.Sebastian Hollermann from Jade University of Applied Sciences applied for funding within the Erasmus+ program of the European Union and were selected as an eligible project. The Digital Decathlon is now co-funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant number 2022-1-DE01-KA220-HED-000086134.

Learning Content

The competition is all about digital design tools according to Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM involves working on the 3D digital model and encompasses all the processes of designing, operating, refurbishing and demolishing buildings. But it is not just about building more digitally, it is also about using digital transformation to learn to work better together. This collaboration will take place in internationally mixed groups to train collaboration, connect people and promote exchange, communication and understanding. The learning content is divided into the following 10 disciplines

D 01: ARCHITECTURE
D 02: WOOD CONSTRUCTION
D 03: MEP
D 04: MODEL CHECKING
D 05: BIM DESIGN COORDINATION and COMMUNICATION
D 06: CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING
D 07: LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT
D 08: SIMULATION
D 09: BUILDING PRODUCT TRACEABILITY
D 10: REPORTING
           

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