This MSc will 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.
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 MSc Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (BIM) for Smart Engineering uniquely focuses on a smart engineering perspective covering both buildings and infrastructure sectors, with the opportunity to obtain highly regarded industry BIM certificates. The course offers:
A wide range of teaching methods will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. Lectures can take a variety of forms depending on the subject material being taught.
You will practice and develop critical, reflective, analytical and presentational skills by participating in diverse learning activities such as research group meetings, seminars and open group discussions. At all times you will be encouraged to reflect on what you have learned and how it can be combined with other techniques and concepts to tackle novel problems.
In the practical laboratory sessions, you will put the breadth of your knowledge and skills to use, whether using modelling skills to conduct collaborative design, or programming skills to extend the functionality of BIM software, or communication skills for data exchanging requirement development. The emphasis on the MSc Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (BIM) for Smart Engineering is squarely on acquiring and demonstrating practical skills which will be of use in a research environment and hence highly sought-after by employers.
Dissertation topics are typically chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff, usually in areas of current research interest, although students are encouraged to put forward their own project ideas.
The emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has brought revolutionary changes to Architecture, Engineering and Construction / Operation (AEC/O) industry. Throughout the world, the race for BIM industry uptake has resulted in a shortage of critical resources and new skills in the construction area. There are significant demands coming from industry requiring qualified BIM graduates with an engineering perspective.
The MSc Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (BIM) for Smart Engineering will provide you with career opportunities in the following areas:
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.
Additional Module Choice Information for PG I
A student may not retake a module they have studied at Nottingham on a previous course. Substitute modules to be agreed with the Course Director.
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.
The need for advanced technologies has become necessary to accomplish sustainable engineering projects, especially for the construction industry. Various Advanced Construction Technologies (ACT) have emerged over the last decades. With the development of Building Information Modelling, the future of construction will be transformed into a more digital industry.
Various Advanced Construction Technologies are now BIM compliant across stages such as:
These developments have provided technical and management support to solve complex and multidisciplinary problems for all project stakeholders.
There is a unique opportunity for the next generation of graduates to become highly-skilled in this field and gain further advantages in a highly competitive job market. The construction industry stakeholders are in need of high-calibre and highly-competitive candidates with knowledge and skills in construction disciplines, Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling.
This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to develop the knowledge, practical, and personal skills of graduates to work in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry and to develop further research skills related to AEC fields. The course enables practitioners to gain access to a theoretical base and to appraise current and future strategies in Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling.
Students will take taught modules and a group project in the first two semesters. MSc students then complete a dissertation project in a third semester.
Areas explored in the modules include:
Open Access modules are offered on individual modules from the MSc programme. Compulsory taught modules are delivered intensively and are accessible to part-time students and as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) options or gradually built towards a qualification.
Open Access students may transfer onto a part-time MSc or PgDip programme to complete their studies (subject to a maximum period of time).
You’ll benefit from a large number of government, local authority and industry partners, who’ll lecture on up-to-date current practices, with diverse point of views.
You’ll benefit from visiting various large construction sites to meet with Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals working in projects and have the opportunity to explore how the obtained knowledge from the course is practiced in real projects.
There are two fully-networked design studios; one dedicated to student self-study, the other to interactive design teaching.
In addition to the main University library, we have our own, on-site, reference library. Our collection is developed in direct response to the teaching delivered in the department.
A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction).
Our lab computers have the main applications required for the course. We also offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.
The course is balanced between theory and practice. It’s delivered through:
The Formative assessment will take place throughout the course. Some modules will also be assessed with weekly tasks, others with one/two tasks per semester. The summative assessment is usually held during the exam period as will be indicated on the University timetable. The Group Project involves one-to-one tuition and appraisals in review seminars and also through student peer group reviews.
You will be expected to participate in:
The intensive market activities in Digital Construction and in Building Information Modelling show how this area is gaining momentum for job opportunities. Professionals with the relevant technology and personal skills are in highl demand. This course will help professionals and new graduates to develop specialist expertise in modern design and construction management. It also targets those who seek advanced roles in BIM. It will allow them to understand the concept of digital integrated project delivery in addition to having hands-on experience on virtual design and construction.
Sustainability is a key part of this course therefore the course is also relevant to those who seek to obtain advanced qualifications in related areas that integrate sustainability and digital construction.
Employment opportunities for graduates can be related to many construction professions in:
Careers include both general professional positions (e.g. design or project management) and specialist roles such as integrated information managers and Building Information Modelling managers. The Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) has recently approved the latter as a new professional role.
Graduates will develop technical, managerial and interpersonal skills to deliver construction projects with a more integrated approach. With the help of various digital and media technologies, they will be able to conduct design and construction activities in a more effective collaborative environment. Graduates will be able to develop BIM Strategy and Execution Plans for construction organisations. As the course is also research focused, graduates will develop research skills on a selected related topic in digital construction.
The construction market needs more Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling experts to comply with the UK government mandate of using Building Information Modelling in all public projects from 2016 (and from 2017 in Scotland). In this regard, the course can open opportunities for graduates to start up their own business in this field. The course also helps those who are seeking to undertake a further postgraduate research degree.
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.
The aim of this course is to develop students with high level knowledge and understanding of advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and techniques. 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.
Computer Aided Design and advanced visualisation techniques are at the forefront of the developments in the construction industry. Previous Government reports have highlighted that 18% of construction waste could be avoided by better production and of information drawings and use of integrated CAD data could assist in reducing this deficit.
The postgraduate programme in Computer Aided Design for Construction reflects the growing need to specialists with advanced CAD and visualisation skills to work in integrated construction teams. The programme provides you with a thorough understanding and practical skills in these exciting areas, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), architectural visualisation including photorealistic walkthroughs, real time visualisation, geographical information systems and how to implement and manage CAD systems.
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 MSc BIM will have a specific and relevant qualification in the field of BIM, which is currently of high importance for the industry.
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. Put into practice a range of techniques required to undertake technical research in the area of CAD and visualisation; review, analyse and evaluate findings in a professional manner.
4. 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
5. 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
6. Implement a range of transferable skills including the ability to learn independently, make informed decisions in complex situations and take responsibility for personal development