The use of computer technology and modern 3D applications in education offers a number of possibilities to bring vocational education closer to technical practice. In addition, the long-term educational support of professional software technology providers can be rated very positively in this area. Let’s examine the strategy we choose in the teaching procedures and use of the building information model in high school and high school in Žďár nad Sázavou.
Our journey from PLM to BIM
The school has been actively using methods associated with digital prototyping since about 1991. At that time, it was an unforgettable hectic period of computer boom, not only in our country. Let us remember the time of fairs dominated by INVEX. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic users who were able to spend several days in Brno at the fairgrounds and gobble up the news. Sometime in 1999 we began to increase the use of 3D modeling in education and moved from traditional Autodesk 3D Studio for DOS polygons to an industrial parametric design systems platform. We owe the rapid development of 3D modeling in cooperation with users of these technologies in industry. The strategies we often use in teaching to this day were created in collaboration with our colleagues in construction and within the Autodesk Academia project. They undoubtedly deserve thanks for that, even after twenty years. With the development of the offer of educational courses, it was obvious to use 3D modeling and the principles of the digital prototype in other courses of education.
Basic tasks solved by creating training BIM projects in our school, Filip Řádek and Tomáš Brabec, third year
The shift from 2D design to 3D modeling and later to further integration of procedures with the teaching of individual disciplines was influenced by the availability of suitable professional software on the market. At first, it was mainly about simplifying licensing models for schools. Some companies have licensed up to the high availability level of student software for non-commercial home use. In this area, we rely heavily on the Autodesk product line.
At the end of the first decade of 2000, we began to deal in more detail with the integration of the strategy of the building information model with the teaching of vocational subjects. The experience of deploying PLM in BIM had to be adapted to the situation of the practice, which is different in terms of industry than the rapidly changing globalized industrial world.
Development of BIM projects as part of more in-depth annual work, Josef Balvín, fourth year
In 3D design we always have a crucial asset at our disposal, which is the clarity and attractiveness of the final results, which can be reflected in the projects implemented. BIM tools, as well as PLM, show their advantage in terms of processing initial ideas and thoughts in a very short time. BIM, unlike PLM, is inherently much more complex in terms of work. A project in BIM software grows much faster before our eyes than in PLM. But even this aspect has its pitfalls. We build our own design on prepared construction units, families, much more than in a more open PLM. It is in this area that we must reckon with certain problems for which it is necessary to prepare users. For example, you need to customize sample data if the family is not available in the app.
Deployment of virtual reality in student projects, Josef Balvín, fourth year
3D data and what’s next?
Due to its complexity, the digital prototype provides important information whether we solve it using PLM or BIM procedures. The project data can then be used for construction or production, user training or, for example, for ongoing management and maintenance. The life cycle thus takes on a real outline. In teaching, we try to define more complex subjects according to the requirements of a fictitious client and future user of our project. In addition, the younger generation has unique opportunities based on the use of illustrative methods for the production of prototypes. For example, in 3D printing, we can verify the correctness of procedures and selected solutions in a very short time. Within the framework of BIM designs, we mainly like to use procedures related to virtual reality and 3D visualization, which otherwise bring the relatively large 3D data of the project closer to our ideas, even in the environment of our school studios.
Combine PLM and BIM data into a single technology cloud layout project
Recently, we have been trying to interconnect data from PLM and BIM software, as is the case in practice. A typical solution may be industrial projects, which are created by combining BIM project data with PLM data from production facilities. We worked on these strategies, for example with Ebner, who provided the school with a number of interesting operational information for this purpose. The proposed buildings then receive a very realistic plan both in terms of equipment and in terms of primary use. For more information you can visit www.spszr.cz or the Facebook school.