A team of five Deakin School of Architecture and Built Environment students secured the winning position in the 2018 BIM Immersion Competition. The students competed alongside teams of students from Melbourne University, Chongqing University (China) and Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia), they worked with several technology companies and used leadings Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools to solve real world problems.

The winning Deakin students brought home cash prizes, a trophy and certificate of participation. As a result of their achievements they have now been selected to be involved in developing case studies and solutions for the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA), using BIM.

BIM is increasingly becoming commonplace in both buildings and infrastructure projects. The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Perth Stadium, Sydney Metro Northwest, the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal – many major infrastructure projects around Australia have been delivered using BIM workflows. It is only a matter of time before BIM is being applied widely across the construction industry. With such an increase in use and the predictable pervasiveness of BIM adoption, a systematic approach towards enhancing the core knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) of university students pertaining to BIM is deemed essential.

In response to this pressing need, Australian universities such as Deakin have made significant advancements in fostering BIM education, though integrating BIM units into their existing curricula.

With the aims of fostering collaborative problem solving skills and BIM literacy, Deakin University joined the BIM Immersion and Competition program, initiated by Dr Ajibade Aibinu in 2015. Dr M. Reza Hosseini has been a coordinator of BIM since 2016, leading teams of talented students from Deakin in these competitions hosted by Melbourne University in December each year.