“I am excited about this research because there is a huge impact on the construction industry and the Wisconsin economy in terms of jobs and production. At the same time, there is a demand for minimizing construction waste to create a more sustainable environment,” Afifi said.
The project will involve UW-Stout construction students working on real construction projects and gaining experience in advanced BIM — building information modeling — tools and sustainable construction applications, she said.
Industry partners also will be involved, including opportunities for training and potential for new job opportunities. Construction is the fastest-growing industry in Wisconsin, according to Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin.
UW-Stout has career-focused undergraduate and master’s programs in construction. The bachelor’s program, which prepares students for management positions, has a 100% employment rate and an average starting salary of $56,000.
BIM uses intelligent modeling, via a cloud platform, to create a digital version of the building project for its life cycle, including planning, design, construction and operations.