ENT768: Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling

School Cardiff School of Engineering
Department Code ENGIN
Module Code ENT768
External Subject Code H290
Number of Credits 10
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Haijiang Li
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed

The module is assessed 100% through coursework, which includes a comprehensive BIM execution plan and case study. In order to pass the module and obtain 10 credits the minimum overall pass mark of 50% must be achieved.

How the module will be delivered

A combination of lectures, literature review and practical labs held in computer rooms are used as a vehicle for explaining fundamental concepts for BIM. The sequence of topics reflects the understanding that BIM are best understood after a firm grounding in practical lecture, lab, and relevant discussion/review.

Outline Description of Module

  • To extend students' understanding of fundamental principles for Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (BIM) to be applied in building/infrastructure life cycle, including planning, briefing, design, construction, maintenance and demolition.
  • To develop the students' capability of implementing BIM into Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Facility Management (FM) domain.
  • To introduce the advance BIM concept and research findings to students.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  • List the basic stages involved in BIM life cycle implementation, and further develop, monitor and update the flexible BIM execution plan considering both the generic and specific requirements; 
  • Show the critical awareness of the current collaboration problems, and the comprehensive understanding of relevant scientific principles of BIM;
  • Understand clearly the responsibility of collaborative design/management team;
  • Utilize the appropriate design tool (such as Autodesk Revit solutions) to apply original thought to the development of practical solutions for products, systems, components or processes related to BIM in AEC/FM domain;
  • Show the advanced level knowledge and understanding of a wide range of BIM – including its advantages and limitations.

Skills that will be practised and developed

  • How to choose an appropriate problem-solving method for developing BIM implementation strategy.
  • How to apply some BIM governance model and collaboration model to conduct integrated design
  • How to chooseappropriate BIM system / framework for different tasks, such as SketchUp, Autodesk Revit solution, Bentley solutions, and Graphisoft solutions will be investigated and practised
  • Report-writing skills will be further developed.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 100 Building And Infrastructure Information Modelling N/A 1 N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

Please see Background Reading List for an indicative list.

Background Reading and Resource List

BIM Handbook: A guide to building information modeling for owners, managers, designers, engineers, and contractors, Eastman, C, 2008

BIM and construction management: proven tools, methods, and workflows, Hardin, B, 2009

BSI, Constructing the business case - building information modelling. 2010.

BuildingSmart, Investors Report - Building Information Modeling (BIM). 2010.

McGraw_Hill_construction, The Business Value of BIM in Europe. 2010.

NBIMS, United States National Building Information Modeling Standard Version 1 - Part 1 - overview principles and methodologies. 12/2007.

UKCabinetOffice, Government Construction Strategy. 05-2011.

Syllabus content

Building Information Modelling concept
Overview of the relevant worldwide standards, manuals, principles
Overview of the relevant organizations
Overview of the existing relevant software solutions
Overview of the existing relevant computing technologies
Object Oriented / Semantics / Knowledge Engineering
Parametric 3D design
Collaboration - linking
Integration - Work Sets
Integration - Clash detection
Integration - 4D / 5D and nD


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