As one of China’s preeminent technology universities, South China University of Technology (SCUT) has taken a leadership role in the use of building information modeling (BIM) to instruct students in building design. In 2005, the university’s School of Architecture established a laboratory to provide BIM education and training to students. SCUT faculty members also use the laboratory for their research and publications relating to BIM theory and practices. SCUT students use Autodesk® Revit® Architecture, Autodesk® Revit® Structure , Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design, and Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis software during their architectural training—helping them conceptualize, document, and analyze their architectural designs.
About South China University of Technology
SCUT offers degree programs in science, engineering, business, management, liberal arts, and law. The university—one of China’s largest and most respected—has over 70,000 students in its 23 schools, including almost 1,500 students in the School of Architecture. Established almost 80 years ago, SCUT’s School of Architecture has graduated more than 8,000 students.
The BIM Laboratory of South China University of Technology
In 2005, SCUT created the first educational BIM laboratory in China, which included state-of-the-art hardware and BIM software solutions. This BIM center of excellence was a key component of SCUT’s initiative to incorporate the use of digital building technology in its architectural curriculum.
Located in Guangzhou near the southern coast of China, SCUT places special emphasis on teaching sustainable building design for tropical architecture. SCUT students use the laboratory and Autodesk BIM solutions to learn and apply an integrated approach to building design and analysis.
SCUT faculty members, in collaboration with leading Chinese universities, use the BIM laboratory and resources to develop multidisciplinary BIM curricula. They have also published a number of BIM-related textbooks.
Since its establishment, SCUT’s laboratory staff has provided BIM education and training to more than 300 SCUT students, as well as over 80 faculty members from other Chinese schools.