Architectural Engineering
IPD/BIM Thesis

The Pennsylvania State Universiy

The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY


Andres Perez l Structural Option l 2009-2010



IPD/BIM Thesis Reflection

Being a part of the Building Information Modeling/Integrated Project Delivery pilot program was both demanding and gratifying. The collaborative integrated project delivery process presented the opportunity for my group members and I to learn how to communicate, coordinate, and compromise throughout the program. As a member of an interdisciplinary group, I was presented with the challenge of approaching my own structural design solutions while considering the ideas of my team members. This, in my opinion, results in a more realistic design situation than that of the typical senior thesis which will be valuable for my career. Overall, I feel my experience with the BIM/IPD thesis was very beneficial, and I enjoyed being a part of a new program for the Architectural Department which enabled me to learn from others and for others to learn from me.


ABET Outcome Survey
Important Note:  These outcomes reflect a personal (student) assessment of the course, not the instructor's assessment.

ABET Outcomes

for AE 481W/482

Outcome not able to be assessed

(Score of 0)

Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable
(Score of 1)
Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated
(Score of 2)
More than minimum level of ability demonstrated
(Score of 3)
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


b. An ability to analyze and interpret data
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. An ability to communicate effectively
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
i. An ability to engage in life-long learning
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
o. Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program
p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects



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This webpage was last updated on May 2, 2010 by Andres Perez and is hosted by the AE Department © 2009.
User Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work-in-progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the intrepretation of Andres Perez. Changes and discrepencies in no way imply that the original designed contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.