SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK223993
Module Leader Michael Galbraith
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts behind Building Information Modelling technologies, processes and protocols. A key aspect of the course is to posit BIM in the context of UK Government's initiative to adopt BIM technologies and processes on all public sector projects from 2016. The risks, challenges and rewards associated with adopting BIM on projects will be elaborated with examples from other parts of the world as well as the UK. The impact of BIM on the way construction industry conducts business will also be covered.


Building information modelling concepts; UK government's initiative to adopt BIM on all public sector projects and its impact on the industry; processes, protocols and standards for implementing BIM-based projects; facilitation of collaborative working on projects; role of project managers in BIM-driven projects; impact of BIM on the future of the industry and associated professions; future of BIM itself.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:Understand and appreciate the BIM paradigm and identify the significant issues that are addressed when developing BIM-based analysis and design models; Analyse a set of BIM models using an appropriate range of BIM tools that represent different perspectives of a construction project. More particularly, the student should be able to have a strong grasp of how BIM technology can impact upon project (including costs) and facilities management aspects of a building project; Appreciate the contractual, operational and control issues involved in the implementation of BIM-driven projects in the built environment.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and tutorials will be supplemented by case reviews and project studies. A number of tasks will be used to structure the learning process and to provide a context for the analysis of the substantive content. Students will be directed to paper-based readings and encouraged to access appropriate web-based materials. They will be encouraged to interact with each other through class based discussion groups. Associated with this they will produce formative and summative outputs for each task. They will receive regular feedback from their tutors via GCULearn.

Indicative Reading

COBie 2012 UK Data Set, BIM Taskgroup, UK Cabinet Office, BIM Protocol, CIC ( UK Contruction Strategy Government Soft Landings (GSL) Scope of Services, CIC, Employer's Information Requirements, Insurance Issues, PAS 1192:2, Penn State wiki - Northumbria University BIM Academy, Georgia Tech Digital Design lab - Singapore BCA Specialist Diploma in BIM - US AGC - BIM Education Program - US National Institute of Building Sciences - BIM Standard, - BuildingSmart Alliance - Stanford CIFE - CICE Penn State - BIM PEP, Eastman, C. IFC Overview, Georgia Tech BIM Resources, Green BIM- McGraw Hill Construction - Lowe, Richard H. and Muncey, Jason M., ConsensusDOCS 301 BIM Addendum, Construction Lawyer, Volume 29, Number 1, Winter 2009. Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R. and Liston, K, BIM Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, 2011. Giel, B. and Issa, R., Quantitative Benefits of Building Information Modeling Measured in Construction, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Innovation in AEC, Penn State University, June 2010, pages 346-355. Leonard, P.L. and Leary, C., BIM enabled IPD, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Innovation in AEC, Penn State University, June 2010, pages 356-365. Becerik-Gerber, B. and Rice, S., The Value of Building Information Modeling: Can We Measure the ROI of BIM? AECBytes ( Viewpoints #47, August 2009. Eastman, C., What is BIM?,

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving (D1), Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject (D3), Time management (organising and planning work) (D6), Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development (D8), Information retrieval skills (D10), Group working (D12), IT Skills (D13)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 90.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Parametric analysis on an existing BIM Model for various key project management parameters like schedule, cost etc. Interdisciplinary coursework. (2000 words)
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 n/a An essay on key aspects of BIM such as processes, protocols and contractual issues (2000 words).