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Ms Jennifer Hardi

Ms Jennifer Hardi

Merit Award Winner 2015
BIM Collaborative Working Extracurricular Activity For The AEC Students in a Large UK University

Research Abstract

With the UK Government drive to implement Level 2 BIM on all UK centrally procured public sector projects by 2016, it became essential for built environment students to be familiar with BIM so that they are fully equipped for the future employment in the construction industry sector. To enhance students’ employability skills, we developed BIM collaborative working extracurricular activity for the second year built environment students at LBSU which ran over the second semester of the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic year. The extracurricular activity was developed to provide the students not only with the awareness of BIM, but also with the experience to work together collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary environment.


Feedback gathered from tutors and students who participate in the extracurricular activity have been very positive.  The extracurricular raised their awareness of BIM and provided them with the valuable multi-disciplinary team working experience, something that is not a common practice yet within their formal curriculum.  It also enhanced their awareness of other professionals’ roles and responsibilities within the industry.  It creates a positive attitude to work collaboratively and eliminate the silo working mentality.  In order to ensure this legacy continues, we hope to incorporate this as part of our formal curriculum across all built environment courses within London South Bank University and potentially collaborate further with other universities.

Winner's Bios

Ms Jennifer Hardi

London South Bank University, UK

Jennifer is the Course Director for Architectural Technology and Architectural Engineering at LSBU.  Jennifer is a full Chartered member of CIAT, an Incorporate Member of CIOB and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining LSBU, Jennifer was a Senior Sustainability Consultant for BRE. Between September 2012 and September 2013, Jennifer was seconded as the Business Innovation Manager for Adapt CBE at University of East Anglia.  Before joining BRE, she was a lecturer for University of Brighton and City College Brighton and Hove.  She was awarded an MPhil in January 2009 for her thesis work in assessing the embodied transport energy of prefabricated timber wall panelling unit. 


Judge's comments

“The entry provides an excellent example of an early-career academic having a strong commitment to collaborative and multidisciplinary education in a BIM-enabled context. The judging panel would encourage Ms Hardi to persevere with this approach and to bring it into the formal taught curriculum. The panel would also encourage the University to give her every support in this endeavour. It is now widely accepted that the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams is of crucial importance and the development of the necessary skills will improve the employability of the students.”