eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in
Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

Approximately half of any architecture program is comprised of design studio courses that develop skills in creative experimentation, problem-solving and critical self-reflection.  A further 25% of an architecture program is comprised of courses that provide a foundation in architectural technology, including structures, environmental services, construction and management.  Technology courses can be viewed by students as distinct parcels of practical knowledge; often thought of in terms of standard construction details, traditional technical drawings and the practicalities of contract law and business management, not as a continuation of the design process.  Significant effort needs to be made, therefore, to connect the learning undertaken in technology courses with the creative energy found in the design studio.

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This project utilised new pedagogical approaches and educational technologies to address the provision of flexible learning experiences that engage students in the exciting problem-solving realities of practice, and connect architectural technology to the creative design process.

The primary objectives of the project were to:

  • digital resources and integrated online learning activities to support a consistent and sequential student learning experience across the Architectural Technology subject stream,
  • develop new core and Masters–level elective courses in the emerging areas of building information modelling (BIM) and mobile 3-dimensional laser scanning, and
  • build technical capacity and effective pedagogical practice amongst the technology teaching team within the Architecture program.

eLIPSE developers have contributed to the development of a searchable database for the digital resources.

The software developed for this project allows a variety of digital resources (photographs, videos, virtual reality exercises, interviews and sound bites) relevant to multiple courses to be made available to students and staff in a searchable database that is independent of any individual Blackboard site.  The database can be used in any academic discipline where access to digital resources is of interest.

Project team/Contacts
Title First Name Last Name Affiliation Role in the project Contact




School of Architecture

Lead CI


      eLIPSE Software development team elipse@eait.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68018
Project Status

The searchable database prototype is complete. 


The project has delivered digital resources and online learning activities for use within course contact time to activate discussion and stimulate learning activities, and for use outside class time in a flipped classroom model.

The digital resources for Architecture include sets of 2-3 minute sound bites taken from interviews with practicing construction industry professionals.  The digital resources also include an interactive 4-dimensional construction learning environment linked to time-lapse digital images and associated construction documentation of a real building project (UQ’s Advanced Engineering Building).

Technologies Used

NodeJS, React, Piwik for analytics.


The project was funded by a UQ Technology Enhanced Learning Grant (as the 5D learning for architecture project), awarded in November 2014.

The project has its origins in Professor Ian Cameron’s VirtualPlant project, which took chemical engineering students behind the scenes, virtually, at the BP Bulwer Island refinery.  An OLT Innovation and Development Grant, led by Dr Chris Landorf was awarded $220,000 in December 2013 to develop the interactive 4-dimensional construction learning environment.


Landorf, C and Ward, S (in press). Designing a 4-dimensional digital learning environment for construction-related disciplines. In: Architecture Connects: Strategies for the co-production of architectural knowledge. Association of Architectural Educators Conference, 6-9 September 2017, Oxford, UK. Oxford: Oxford Brookes University.

Landorf, C and Ward, S (2017). The learning impact of a 4-dimensional digital construction learning environment. International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, 11 (5), 1158-1163.

Landorf, C, Brewer, G and Ward, S (2016).  Developing a 4-dimensional interdisciplinary learning environment for construction industry professionals.  Final Report to the Office for Learning and Teaching. Canberra: OLTC.

Landorf, C, Brewer, G, Maund, K and Ward, S (2015). Onsite and online: a 4-dimensional multi-disciplinary learning environment for construction industry professionals. In: RH Crawford and A Stephan, Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment. 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 2-4 December 2015, Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne (987-996).

Ward, S, Landorf, C, Brewer, G and Maund, K (2015). Virtually there: a 4-dimensional digital multi-disciplinary learning environment. In: DK Brown, M Manfredini, P McPherson, A Pretty, U Rieger and M Southcombe, Applied Collaborations. 8th International Conference and Exhibition of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 2-3 October 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand. Christchurch: 2015 AASA Conference Organisers (111-119).

Brewer, G, Landorf, C, Maund, K and Ward, S (2015). Evaluation of a 4D panoramic site visit tour mechanism: a pilot study of its educational effectiveness. In: International Conference on Advances in Management Science and Engineering. Advances in Management Science and Engineering Conference, 26-27 July 2015, Phuket, Thailand. Lancaster, USA: DEStech Publications (271-276).

Landorf, C, Brewer, G, Maund, K and Ward, S (2015). Enhancing learning for construction industry professionals with a 4-dimensional digital learning environment. In: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World. 38th HERDSA Annual International Conference, 6-9 July 2015, Melbourne, Australia. Milperra, Australia: HERDSA (279-290).