Visualization in Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Interior Design Education: A Case Study at Sunway University


The utilization of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology has revolutionized the architecture and interior design industry globally in recent years. This technology promotes a more efficient approach in the design visualization process and it provides enhancement of productivity. Similar to other developing countries, the employment of BIM in Malaysia has presented new challenges to both the industry practice and educational institutions. The curriculum of build environment courses offered in universities throughout the world have been restructured to allow the integration of BIM. However its adoption in Malaysian tertiary education has been considered slow. This paper discusses on the introduction of BIM through the usage of Autodesk Revit software for visualization purposes to the diploma in interior design students’ project at Sunway University. The research was focused on the process of parametric tools techniques used in Revit to create 3D models and the features that allow BIM to inter-operate with other 3D applications. Case study methodology was used and information were gathered through variety of data sources including; observation, assessment and interview series. The result showed that although BIM has aided the students in terms of time efficiency in producing visualization, there are limitations in design freedom as well as the needs for students to be familiar with other 3D applications beforehand. Findings from this research will be among the important considerations to be taken in developing BIM and Revit as an independent module into the academic curriculum of Diploma and Degree courses in Interior Design at Sunway University.

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Hafez Zainudin, Sunway University, Malaysia
Nurul Ain Haron, Sunway University, Malaysia
Saiful Hazmi Bachek, Sunway University, Malaysia

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Educational change through technologies

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