Department: MSc Sustainable Design in the Built Environment
Module Description: This module is intended for an interdisciplinary audience interested in learning Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its use in various application areas within the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management (AEC/FM) industry. This course focuses on the information and skills needed for effective use of BIM concepts throughout the lifecycle of building projects, and with an emphasis on architectural and structural design, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), construction engineering and management applications. BIM is emerging as an innovative way to manage projects, a new approach for representing and exchanging building information within the AEC/FM industry while promoting an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) among multiple project stakeholders and at the same time providing a medium to store integrated design project information over the lifecycle of a project. The AEC/FM industry is increasingly adopting this new approach hence architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, owners and facility managers use BIM for various tasks during different phases of a project; such as for building design, planning and phasing during construction, cost estimation during bid preparation, for coordination during construction, and equipment and component tracking during facilities management. BIM is also being used in assessment of projects compliance with green building standards/regulations, e.g. LEED, Estidama. While not covering all possible applications and every potential aspect of BIM, this course provides the necessary foundation for students to use BIM in their professional life as architects, engineers, contractors and facility managers.
Issa, R., Olbina, S. and American Society of Civil Engineers. Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (2015). Building information modeling: applications and practices. Reston, Virginia: American Society of Civil Engineers.