Australia’s first digital construction degree

Australia’s first digital construction degree

Swinburne University’s new course dedicated to digital construction (degree) skills in partnership with global technology companies.

In response to exponential demand for digital construction skills globally, Swinburne University of Technology is introducing Australia’s first digital construction degree, the Bachelor of Digital Construction Management.

The degree will focus on aspects of digital construction and design, with the clear objective of establishing a pipeline of talent to support Australia’s future construction requirements.

Students will have access to some of the industry’s latest high-end technologies and digital construction tools. They will gain practical hands-on knowledge working with building information modelling, digital twins, virtual reality models, automation, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing. A range of industry partners will also offer valuable experience through industry-based projects and work-integrated learning opportunities.

Strategic partnerships have been established with global tech firms, providing them with opportunities to train on best practice digital construction hardware and software technologies.  

“For the past few decades, the construction industry has been lagging behind in the innovation and productivity gains seen across other industries in Australia, but that is now changing,” says Associate Professor Palaneeswaran Ekambaram from the School of Engineering and director of the new study program at Swinburne. 

“Our new Digital Construction Management degree will produce digitally capable talent with visualisation and construction smarts to help progress the industry here in Australia and around the world.”

“With this new study program, we’re making digital capabilities the focus and giving students applicable experience across residential or commercial projects as well as civil infrastructure projects,” says Professor Hussein Dia, Chair for the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Swinburne.

Students will have access to a number of state-of-the-art labs, including Swinburne’s Digital Construction Laboratory, where they can design and test structures using 3D-printed concrete.

The program is a three-year, full-time course. It can also be studied part-time, with options for six or 12-month industry placements for additional credit. The program offers pathways into postgraduate programs in construction management at Swinburne. The first student intake will commence in Semester 1, 2022. 


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