The last few years have shown an increased interest in applying new digital educational technologies that were not used before. The reason for that is twofold. The first is due to growing opportunities for online communications that have led to various forms of e-learning approaches globally. Humanity has opened wondrous possibilities provided by different digital educational platforms employing the internet. As a matter of fact, the role of digital technologies became dominant for training, regardless of the major or academic level. In such a way, the educational process has transformed to digital, at times even without our concern. The second one is about another global circumstance. The pandemic outbreak has changed the educational process throughout the world, as probably no one phenomena during the last hundreds of years. Presumably, that phenomenon has played the final role in the global transfer from traditional education to hybrid. The evidence points to the educational process will never get back to the approaches and methodologies we applied before. However, the role of digital education and its geospatial component is still poorly understood. Especially this transformation is significant for engineering majors, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). And questions are more than answers. Should the digital geospatial education approach be different, e.g., for civil engineers and architects? Whether the difference between traditional and digital geospatial education significant regarding quality or effectiveness? May we consider digital education as more accessible around the world? Should we still commit to the current timelines for education in the case of its digital form? Is there a difference significant between web-facilitated learning, blended and hybrid learning, and e-learning/online education?
The WG V/7 activity aims to answer the mentioned questions in line with the mission and unveil the problems of geospatial education towards digital transformation for the training of AEC majors.
As far as the current WG V/7 mission aims to promote global literacy and advance innovations in geospatial technologies for implementation in the educational process of AEC majors through the development of multidisciplinary educational content that facilitates knowledge exchange between various applied sciences and organizations involved, the following topics are relevant:
– Innovative geospatial technologies in multidisciplinary training and knowledge exchange.
– Teaching innovative geospatial technologies to get learning skills in assessing the environmental impact of construction.
– BIM and geospatial education for building life cycle support.
– Geospatial education for civil engineering, particularly for roads, bridges, buildings construction, etc.
– Digital Twins and their geospatial educational constituent.
– Spatial planning and its geospatial educational constituent.
– Real estate management and its geospatial educational constituent.
– Smart Cities and their geospatial educational constituent.
– VR/AR technologies for decision-support process in civil engineering and architecture.
– Geospatial technologies for facilities management.
– Geospatial technologies for the decision-support process of renewal and development of the electricity system, development of electromobility infrastructure, and management of decentralized energy.