BIM is a growing technology used in the building industry worldwide. It uses digital techniques to create and use intelligent 3D models to communicate building project decisions. GIS is a technical system to implement the collection, storage, management, calculation, analysis, display and description of geospatial information data. The results help to understand what is happening in a geographical space which can increase efficiency in building planning and design. The current ‘lack of BIM innovation’ and ‘lack of BIM talent’ could delay the progress of Chinese “smart” cities, which aim to reduce resource consumption and cost and use digital technologies to benefit their citizens.
This programme will be run entirely at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) with internship opportunities in leading BIM companies in China. It is a collaboration between Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Civil Engineering. In particular, research and teaching support will be provided by two leading research laboratories including Geospatial BIM lab and Digital City Infrastructure and technology Innovation Laboratory (D-CiTi Lab). These laboratories are working closely with leading AEC consultants (Arup, WSP BP), international professional institutions (RICS, ICES, CIBSE) and leading BIM software vendors (Autodesk, Bentley, Leica, Tekla, Trimble).
Students are able to learn how to use and operate a very wide variety of state-of-the-art software, as well as surveying equipment including servo driven total stations, laser scanners, GNSS, digital and analogue photogrammetry. With extensive project and consultancy experience on the Geospatial Engineering, BIM in the AEC sector in the UK and China, the team is planning to promote the Smart City with multi-dimension BIM applications across China.
Advantages of studying this programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo:
This programme will help:
The course is studied over 12months. 60 credits of modules are studied in the autumn and 60 credits of modules are studied in the Spring Semesters. A research project is undertaken in the summer semester, also worth 60 credits.
In China, BIM has attracted an increasing amount of concern and lots of AEC companies or institutes desire to recruit talented people with relevant BIM skills and experience. Graduates from this program would be expected to find decent jobs in local and international AEC companies. During the academic period, students have opportunities to visit and communicate with large AEC companies, and even enroll as interns after graduation. For those who wish to pursue their academic careers, this postgraduate programme prepares them well for higher level research and to continue onto PhD level.
Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options. They will invite you to attend recruitment events featuring potential employers, and will suggest further opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.
The construction industry is facing unprecedented change that is being driven by digital transformation. This course focuses strategically on these changes, and is designed with the aim of educating and supporting professionals in responding to current and future challenges in client expectations and wider societal needs.
This programme aims to provide extensive knowledge in the fields of BIM, Lean, and integrated design and project delivery approaches to deliver better whole life value through digital built environments. It is intended primarily for practitioners and graduates in the fields of architecture, engineering construction, and built environment, who wish to specialise in this area of industry digital transformation.
This course provides the skills and competences that will enable you to support integrated design and delivery approaches as well as equipping you with the skills necessary to coordinate roles and responsibilities for the financial, environmental and social performance of built environment assets. Building upon leading edge research and practice, you will be able to up-skill and take a principle role in the digital transformation of practices in work settings, delivering better whole life value through integrated design and project delivery approaches.
The School of the Built Environment enjoys excellent links with the local, national and international built environment industry. This course meets the needs of the industry by providing formal postgraduate level education and technical knowledge in the highly advanced and emerging area of BIM and Digital Built Environments. Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to provide lectures throughout the duration of the course, enriching your learning experience. Field trips and site visits to innovative projects will allow the analysis and critical evaluation of cases in which high quality design and the adoption of technology has led to benefits for clients, users and/or communities.
This course can be studied (a) full-time on campus, (b) part-time on campus or (c) part-time by online distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September.
The Masters award consists of three core taught modules and one elective module, followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of three core taught modules and one elective taught module. The PgCert requires the completion of two of the core taught modules. All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed through coursework.
For the full-time study option:
You will study two 30 credit modules in each of your first two semesters on campus; these are designed to give you the core knowledge and experience required. In the final semester you will progress to the dissertation.
For the part-time on campus study option:
Part-time students attend the university one day per week, usually on day release from employment in industry. A 30 credit module is studied each semester. Throughout the final two semesters you undertake the dissertation.
Distance learning study:
A 30 credit module is studied each semester. Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions. In the final two semesters you progress to the dissertation worth 60 credits, which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive tutor engagement and support. You have the option to attend the university for specific activities like field trips, Salford study days and summer schools, which enable face to face interaction and knowledge exchange.
On campus study is delivered by a variety of learning and teaching methods. Lectures introduce new material and provide the core knowledge base for each module. Tutorials offer the opportunity for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors. Design project work is an important aspect of the course enabling you to initiate and control research and design techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.
Distance Learning uses an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.
Additional learning support will be provided through optional study days for both on-campus and distance learning students along with a summer school which will include seminars, group working, presentations and guest speakers from industry.
Full-time: Approximately two days per week
Part-time: Approximately one day per week
Distance Learning: Two to three hours online contact time with up to five hours personal study time per week
You will be assessed through:
The uptake of BIM is growing worldwide and therefore there is a clear need for professionals with appropriate process and technology skills. This course will enable architects, designers and design/project/construction/facility managers to specialise in the use of BIM and the implementation of integrated design and delivery.
You will develop managerial, technical and interpersonal skills to deliver better value through integrated design. You will be able to work collaboratively throughout design development. You will also be able to apply digital and media technologies to generate, represent and communicate innovative design solutions.
On completion of this course you will have developed skills and knowledge in a highly advanced specialism and the expertise gained is at the forefront of industry requirements. The technical and reflective skills you will develop are of immediate advantage to employers in construction, engineering and design roles across the built environment.
Our MSc Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (BIM) for Smart Engineering aims to provide you with the necessary training, skills and hands-on experience to become successful in the dynamic and highly competitive fields of BIM and smart engineering, and to give you a distinct edge when applying for a career in industry or for a PhD studentship.
The course will provide you with engineering oriented advanced BIM training, consolidate the related fundamental theory, strengthen your modelling and analysis skills and smart engineering knowledge, and enhance your future engineering competency and employability. It will build on your existing engineering knowledge and skills to deliver a comprehensive, flexible, robust and research led advanced BIM training package.
The 2011 Government Construction Strategy has stated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) has to be adopted and utilised on all public projects by 2016. The aim of this course is to develop students with high-level knowledge and understanding of BIM. This new approach is strategically important for the UK and International Construction Industry and throughout the course students will not only develop a comprehension of how the tools operate, but also how these can be implemented within the business context of the Architecture and Construction sectors.
Within this course you will study the following modules:
To help you meet the challenges presented by this fascinating and key area, the Faculty of Science and Engineering not only supports you with a wealth of experience and unique expertise, it also gives you access to state of the art computer facilities including the Virtual Design Enterprise Centre equipped with high specification PC’s and a 5m x 3m stereoscopic visualisation wall to allow you to see your designs in a whole new light. The department has enviable links with industry and software suppliers through research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Where possible industry experts are used to support your learning and industry based projects are set for assessment to give you a flavour of the real world application of CAD.
Students who complete the PGCert will have a specific and relevant qualification in the field of BIM, which is currently of high importance for the industry. They will have the opportunity to further their study and progress to the MSc CAD for Construction if they desire.
We pride ourselves on a very high employability rate for our postgraduate students - potential employment opportunities for graduates include: architectural and interior design practices; civil engineering practices; local authorities; environmental management agencies; space-planning and office furniture companies; and design consultancies.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current and emerging CAD technologies in relation to the construction industry
2. Select and effectively implement an appropriate range of advanced software tools in order to produce architectural design and construction documentation including drawings, visualisations and presentations
3. Demonstrate high level skills and abilities to make use of generic and bespoke software tools, solving complex design problems and developing appropriate solutions for presentation to a range of audiences
4. Evaluate current research and scholarship within the general area of ICT for construction, critique current research methodologies and apply this knowledge to solve original problems
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