The School of Architecture and Design, Beijing Jiaotong University, held an online lecture on “Frontier Development and Practical Applications of Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technology in the Architectural Field" on March 30th, 2023. Yafei Zhang, an alum who graduated with the Class of 2010, LEED Accredited Professional (Specialize in Building Design + Construction), Associate of the American Institute of Architects, and a Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) BIM Team Leader, was invited to participate.
Zhang Yafei delivered an outstanding frontier lecture on the application fields of BIM technology. With her critical skillset and professional practical experience working at KPF, one of the world's most prominent architectural firms, she demonstrated multiple BIM project examples to showcase the practical value of BIM technology. KPF has designed more than 200 high-rise buildings globally, including the 592.5-meter Shenzhen Ping An Financial Center, the 528-meter CITIC Tower, the 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center, etc. Due to Yafei’s critical knowledge in this area, she thoroughly explained that BIM technology can achieve digital management of the entire architectural design, construction, and operation process, which can enhance project efficiency, quality, and reduce resource waste and environmental pollution.
In the Q&A Session, she led conversations about the application prospects of BIM technology in smart city design, industrialized construction, and big data applications. She shared the latest technology and application practices of BIM technology and answered questions from teachers and students. The students actively participated in the interaction, gaining a deeper understanding of BIM in the application fields, future development trends, and practical applications.
This lecture was a valuable opportunity for students to learn about the frontier BIM technology and practical experience in the international architectural industry. It was highly recognized and praised by participating professors and students. The professors viewed this as a rewarding lecture to be a part of. We commend Yafei for leading this prized lecture and for sharing her critical knowledge with our students. Yafei's expertise in BIM technology and her critical knowledge base was evident, and her practical experience at KPF provided valuable insights into the application of BIM technology in real-world scenarios. This lecture inspired students to continue studying and exploring BIM technology in the architectural field to prepare for future career development.
Beijing Jiaotong University
School of Architecture and Design
March 30, 2023