Efficiency of Informatics Tools to Project Development in Project-Based Learning Activities for Collaborative Engineering

Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 438)


Informatics tools are very important for project development in the civil engineering area. CAD – Computer Aided Design - tools are freely used in different project routines, but BIM – Building Information Modeling are gaining space to allow the development of objects with a larger number of parameters and permit a collaborative engineering. Besides, the PBL - Project Based Learning – tools can be effective for teaching, allowing students to combine prior knowledge and aggregates skills in a collaborative model in engineering area. The objective of the paper is analyzing software applications in a PBL activity focusing the results of CAD and BIM tools utilization in project development. The methodology adopted was a technical review and a case study of 21 PBL projects developed by students of a civil engineering graduation course. The results shows that PBL is a good strategy for project development, and BIM tools are more efficient when compared with CAD tools.


Project Based Learning Building Information Modeling Computer Aided Design collaborative engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paulista University-UNIPSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Cruzeiro do Sul University-UNICSULSao PauloBrazil

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