SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK225146
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. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 64%. There is no Work Based Assessment, but reflective learning is encouraged as is extended practical relevant software use.


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 the apprentice should be able to:1. Demonstrate extensive detailed knowledge and understanding of the BIM paradigm. And identify the significant issues that are addressed when developing BIM-based analysis and design models.2. Critically review 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. 3. Offer professional insights and interpretation of the contractual, operational and control issues involved in the implementation of BIM-driven projects in the built environment.[A1, A2, A6, A7, B4, B6 SDS GA: 2.2,3.2,4.2,4.4]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Practicals and seminars 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 electronic 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. Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

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. (2011)BIM Handbook, John Wiley & Sons Giel, B. and Issa, R. (June 2010) Quantitative Benefits of Building Information Modeling Measured in Construction, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Innovation in AEC, Penn State University, pages 346-355. Leonard, P.L. and Leary, C. (June 2010) BIM enabled IPD, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Innovation in AEC, Penn State University, pages 356-365. Becerik-Gerber, B. and Rice, S. (2009) The Value of Building Information Modeling: Can We Measure the ROI of BIM? AECBytes ( Viewpoints #47 Eastman, C., What is BIM?,

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject Time management (organising and planning work) Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development Information retrieval skills Group working IT Skills [C1-C5, D1, D4-D6, E1, E3, E5-E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% 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 35% An essay on key aspects of BIM such as processes, protocols and contractual issues (2000 words).