This degree combines the diverse discipline of Architecture, Design, Design-Thinking, Computer Programming, and Construction Management to create a career path for what is a growing high demand career opportunity.

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Build the Virtual Model into A Physical Reality

Virtual design is a project team-oriented process of creating 2D drawings and/or 3D models using computer software. Building Information Models (BIM) are portrayed in 3 to 6 dimensions and may contain any or all of the following:

  • 3D – building dimensions, materials, quantities, and building assemblies
  • 4D – construction sequences, schedule, and risks
  • 5D – construction costs
  • 6D – facilities management information

Virtual construction is the computer-aided, project team-oriented work process of using the building information within a BIM to organize, plan, and manage all construction processes to execute the building of the virtual model into a physical reality. Virtual Design and Virtual Construction processes can best be viewed as an integrated system.

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Virtual Design & Construction have a wide range of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree, or explore more career options in I-Plan.

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Virtual Design and Construction Manager

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager are responsible for the management, implementation, and execution of the construction company's VDC/BIM processes, tools, and best practices. In addition, they manage the work of their VDC technicians, train company personnel on the use of VDC/BIM, maintain VDC/BIM databases, and oversee all building information for the field, marketing, and pre-construction phases of a project. This position is achieved after adequate training and experience has been accomplished.

Virtual Design and Construction Technician

VDC technicians, under the direction of VDC project managers, aid in project success by using virtual design, construction technology and related processes to provide building information modeling (BIM) service for construction, design, operations, and marketing purposes. They provide technical support to the project team, such as clash detection and layout coordination. This position is entry-level and requires strong communication skills, attention to detail, and a strong proficiency in visualizing the constructability of the project under consideration.

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Getting Started in This Degree

If you want to get a taste for Virtual Design and Construction, start with one of the following major-specific courses:

  • CONST 120 — Framing Systems
  • ARCH 100 — Survey of Architecture and Construction
  • ARCH 190 — Building Information Modeling I

For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.


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