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The Building Information Management Postgraduate Diploma course is ideal for those looking to gain a greater understanding of Building Information Management, who don't wish to study for the full Masters course. Read more

The Building Information Management Postgraduate Diploma course is ideal for those looking to gain a greater understanding of Building Information Management, who don't wish to study for the full Masters course

The philosophy of the Building Information Management course reflects the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. These efficiencies can be gained from more accurate prototyping, simulation, costing, planning, design, production and operation, and will be an output of sound information management and data input to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

The unique nature of Westminster's Building Information Management courses is the focus on 'Management', which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this.

The future construction professional requires knowledge and understanding of building information management, as well as how an integrated project team will take a project from inception to completion. Collaborative working and co-ordinated information exchange will increase the efficiency of project delivery and asset performance, leading to better sustainability over the building lifecycle and a satisfied client. This building information management approach is a strategic view of integrated project delivery that encompasses both the demand side (client) and supply side (consultants, contractors and suppliers).

The Building Information Management Postgraduate Diploma is mainly aimed at graduates who are already in construction-related employment and who aspire to senior positions in their field. The course aims to provide a challenging, stimulating and professionally relevant course of study which is directly related to the effective management of construction projects.

The course aims to offer learners flexible access to the core content, whilst still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. This is achieved through the use of a 'blended learning' approach.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

You will take modules totalling 120 credits as follows:

  • Building Information Management and Integrated Practice (40 Credits)
  • Procurement (20 Credits)
  • Work-based learning / Project Module (40 Credits)
  • Plus one other option module from the Building Information Management MSc course (20 credits)

Career path

Many of our students have already started on a career path in the construction industry. Whether they are architects, interior designers, surveyors, engineers, construction managers or property developers, what they have in common is that they aspire to move to more senior management positions in the construction industry. Some wish to become Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Builders.



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The Building Information Management Postgraduate Certificate course is ideal for those looking to gain a greater understanding of Building Information Management, who don't wish to study for the full Masters course. Read more

The Building Information Management Postgraduate Certificate course is ideal for those looking to gain a greater understanding of Building Information Management, who don't wish to study for the full Masters course.

The philosophy of the Building Information Management course reflects the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. These efficiencies can be gained from more accurate prototyping, simulation, costing, planning, design, production and operation, and will be an output of sound information management and data input to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

The unique nature of Westminster's Building Information Management courses is the focus on 'Management', which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this.

The future construction professional requires knowledge and understanding of building information management, as well as how an integrated project team will take a project from inception to completion. Collaborative working and co-ordinated information exchange will increase the efficiency of project delivery and asset performance, leading to better sustainability over the building lifecycle and a satisfied client. This building information management approach is a strategic view of integrated project delivery that encompasses both the demand side (client) and supply side (consultants, contractors and suppliers).

The Building Information Management Postgraduate Certificate is mainly aimed at graduates who are already in construction-related employment and who aspire to senior positions in their field. The course aims to provide a challenging, stimulating and professionally relevant course of study which is directly related to the effective management of construction projects.

The course aims to offer learners flexible access to the core content, whilst still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. This is achieved through the use of a 'blended learning' approach.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

You will take modules totalling 60 credits as follows:

Career path

Many of our students have already started on a career path in the construction industry. Whether they are architects, interior designers, surveyors, engineers, construction managers or property developers, what they have in common is that they aspire to move to more senior management positions in the construction industry. Some wish to become Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Builders.



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The philosophy of the Building Information Management course reflects the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. Read more

The philosophy of the Building Information Management course reflects the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. These efficiencies can be gained from more accurate prototyping, simulation, costing, planning, design, production and operation, and will be an output of sound information management and data input to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

The unique nature of Westminster's Building Information Management MSc is the focus on 'Management', which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this.

The future construction professional requires knowledge and understanding of building information management, as well as how an integrated project team will take a project from inception to completion. Collaborative working and co-ordinated information exchange will increase the efficiency of project delivery and asset performance, leading to better sustainability over the building lifecycle and a satisfied client. This building information management approach is a strategic view of integrated project delivery that encompasses both the demand side (client) and supply side (consultants, contractors and suppliers).

The Building Information Management MSc is mainly aimed at graduates who are already in construction-related employment and who aspire to senior positions in their field. The course aims to provide a challenging, stimulating and professionally relevant course of study which is directly related to the effective management of construction projects.

The course aims to offer learners flexible access to the core content, whilst still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. This is achieved through the use of a 'blended learning' approach. The design of the part-time course recognises the significant challenges of combining postgraduate-level study with full-time professional employment.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

Optional modules

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Career path

Many of our students have already started on a career path in the construction industry. Whether they are architects, interior designers, surveyors, engineers, construction managers or property developers, what they have in common is that they aspire to move to more senior management positions in the construction industry. Some wish to become Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Builders.



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Why study MSc Building Information Modelling Management at Middlesex?. The construction sector is a major part of the UK economy. Read more
Why study MSc Building Information Modelling Management at Middlesex?

The construction sector is a major part of the UK economy. It represents some 7% of GDP or £11bn per annum of expenditure - 40% of this being in the public sector, with central Government the industry's biggest consumer. Now any centrally procured project will require Building Information Modelling (BIM) compliance.

BIM is a process involving the structured sharing and coordination of digital and non-digital information about a building project throughout its entire lifecycle, from design through procurement and construction and beyond, into the operation and management stage, all the way through to demolishment. It involves the efficient coordination of processes, workflows, people, documentation, graphic/non-graphic assets and technology.

As a direct response to this industry need, we have developed this course which aims to produce practitioners with a qualification to be BIM enabled in their discipline with a critical awareness of contemporary BIM issues informed by technology, research and management skills in standard and unpredictable scenarios.
Importantly, the course provides practitioners in the property and construction sector, and related stakeholders providing services for it, with a qualification to be employed in a Management role in BIM projects. These include technical BIM management positions, operational/administrative BIM management positions, and strategic BIM management positions.

Course Highlights

-The UK’s only work based MSc in Building Information Modelling Management
- Distance learning so there is no need to take time off work
- Work-applied practical projects
- Supported peer engagement and sharing of best practice including an on-campus summer school
- Online meetings and lectures from industry leaders
- Business simulations
- A study programme aligned to CPD and professional bodies’ frameworks
- Accreditation for prior learning (APL), allowing you to gain credit for prior study/work experience
- Opportunities to influence the future of BIM with your thesis

Flexible study through distance learning

Many students choosing to study MSc Building Information Modelling Management will be practitioners in full-time employment. With this in mind, we have designed the course to be flexible around participants’ work and life commitments. You will be able to complete the course part-time through Distance Learning over two years. However, it would be also possible to shorten this to 12 months in fulltime mode depending on how much time you can commit to the course.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

APL is available as part of this course, allowing you to gain credit for prior study or work experience and therefore shorten your overall study hours.

Who should do this course?

The course is specifically aimed at experienced professionals who will be expected to manage BIM projects. These will include people from the following sectors: architects, architectural technologists, construction and civil engineers, mechanical, electrical and plumbing services (MEP) engineers, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) engineers, technicians, contractors, subcontractors, fabricators and manufacturers, project managers, facilities and operations managers (FM & OM), quantity surveyors, cost and legal consultants.

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In today’s tough economic climate the construction industry faces ever more challenges to become more efficient and integrated. At the forefront of the response to such challenges is the increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Read more
In today’s tough economic climate the construction industry faces ever more challenges to become more efficient and integrated. At the forefront of the response to such challenges is the increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Building Information Modelling is a comprehensive, integrated and efficient approach to design and construction that builds on both architectural knowledge and technological progress. By the drafting, analysis and use of intelligent models, BIM drives the production of more accurate and effective building plans.

This MSc Building Information Modelling (BIM) programme has been developed for students or practitioners from architecture, engineering or construction professions seeking to develop skills in the theory and practice of BIM in design and construction.

The programme is taught by Professor Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design, an internationally leading expert who has been developing the Building Information Modelling (BIM) discipline both in Finland and internationally since 1996.

The teaching is primarily research led supplemented by visiting lectures, seminars and projects from leading professionals and researchers in the field.

In addition to core modules of research based skills development, you can select between modules in Sustainability, Digital Architecture and Project Management.

Semester 1
- Theory of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (30 credits)
- Critiques and Communications in Architecture and the Visual Arts (15 credits)
- Managing Collaborative Workflows for BIM (15 credits)

Semester 2
- nD Modelling and Interoperability in BIM environment (30 credits)
- BIM-Enabled Sustainable Design (15 credits)
- Research Methodology (15 credits)

Semester 3
- Thesis (Dessertation, Design by Research or Design) (60 credits)

Why School of Architecture?

Highly rated research

Liverpool was the UK’s first Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited University School of Architecture. Research lies at the core of our activities and we have highly rated international research in the fields of History and Theory and Environment and Process.

The activities of the research groups within these two fields provide the knowledge and expertise required by the professional discipline that the School serves, but also reach out into related areas in the visual arts, urban design, conservation and innovative technologies.

Career prospects

Students who successfully complete a Higher Degree go on to interesting and rewarding careers in architecture, the wider construction industry, management, higher education, the arts and conservation and many other specialisms to be found in the arts, architecture and the built environment.

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This programme is designed to allow our students to develop. in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of Building Information Modelling in the context of Project Management within the built environment. Read more
This programme is designed to allow our students to develop:

Practical and professional skills

in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of Building Information Modelling in the context of Project Management within the built environment

A holistic approach

by integrating the technical aspects and underlying knowledge of Building Information Modelling through design, engineering and construction with financial, legal, IT, commercial leadership and managerial skills of business administration in the management of simple to complex projects from project conception through to construction, operation and maintenance

Critical and analytical problem solving skills

across a broad range of Building Information Modelling orientated transferable skills that relate to information technology, computing support systems, teamwork, group work, and personal presentations and interactions to prepare graduates for employment within the remit of project managers with a working knowledge of the BIM process and underlying capabilities

The ability to apply appropriate theoretical and practical management methods

under the remit of Building Information Modelling practices and procedures, to provide support analysis and solutions to design, engineering and construction problems

Opportunities for Careers

There are excellent career opportunities for our graduates as project managers, BIM coordinators, contract managers, BIM implementation managers, design managers, project architects, project engineers, planners, etc., within project management consultants, construction companies, property developers and government agencies, amongst others. Graduates are also well prepared for PhD research, which may lead to careers in research establishments and universities.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing building lifecycle. Read more
Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing building lifecycle. On this course you will learn a holistic approach to everything from design and construction to maintenance, operation, and sustainability from industry and research experts using state-of-the-art BIM software. You will also benefit from regular talks from BIM experts and close links to the industry and BIM Regional Hub: South West.

Key benefits

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A RICS-accredited course assures employers you hold a high-quality, industry-relevant qualification. It's also the first step to becoming a chartered surveyor.

Course detail

A unique feature of this course is that you have the opportunity to be placed with a company to deliver a BIM Organisational Strategy and a BIM Implementation Plan. You will also provide companies with BIM research that has real business value producing an organisational strategy and implementation plan to ensure their BIM is aligned with business strategy. You will then research a BIM-related topic of your choice in-depth for your dissertation.

The expertise in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology sets this course apart. The MSc in Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design Construction and Operations is challenging, as we cover a lot of ground, and prepare you in all aspects of BIM, so you are better equipped for employment. To do this we split the course, so its half theory and half practice, using the latest modelling and management, analysis and visualisation tools. You will learn to understand the complete building lifecycle, exploring innovative sustainable and collaborative practices in building information modelling and management, and examine a range of existing and emerging BIM issues.

Modules

• BIM in Design Co-ordination (15 credits)
• BIM in Construction Operation (15 credits)
• BIM in Business and Practice (30 credits)
• BIM in Operation and Maintenance (15 credits)
• Low/Zero-Impact Buildings (15 credits)
• Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits)
• Construction Contract Law (15 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

Format

The course uses a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. We expect you to learn both in groups and independently, as well as using online resources. The programme team will provide all the support and help you need, and encourage you to learn effectively.

Scheduled learning includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration and workshops, supervised BIM workshops and essential reading, case study preparation, and written assignments.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods, but your knowledge is tested mainly through BIM 'real-life' projects, with a focus on the various aspects of built environment lifecycle, including design, construction, operation and maintenance. We also assess through written work, coursework and verbal presentations.

Careers / Further study

This course is designed to create the next generation of BIM leaders ready to work with technical professionals on project teams. It's highly relevant to architects, project managers, and construction professionals. Professionals with BIM expertise and knowledge are increasingly sought after in industry, academia, training and consultancy, and this course can lead to a variety of career options, including BIM Designers, BIM Managers and Digital Engineers. Other linked careers include teaching and research in further and higher education, training, and consultancy such as BIM Modelling Services. You may even choose to set up your own BIM company.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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This programme has been designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the built environment sector in… Read more
This programme has been designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the built environment sector in respect to the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a working practice, the MSc in Buiding Information Modelling and Management , through its intelligent use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is designed to deliver a flexible and innovative programme of study.

The MSc is available both as a one year full-time programme, and in distance learning mode that is normally taken over two years (extendable up to 5 years). The course consists of four core modules plus research methods and a final dissertation. As each of these core modules is entirely self-contained students may enter the program in either September or January.

Prior to September 2016 entry, this programme was named Construction Project Management and BIM.

Why choose this course?

We use an ‘applied approach’ to teaching, and our students work on real-life or reality based problems as experienced within the construction sector and its associated industries, consultants and clients. You are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most construction project managers only experience when their careers are well-advanced. This provides a more interesting and engaging learning environment than the traditional ‘study and examination’ approach to learning.

This course in detail

There are two modes of delivery for the MSc Building Information Modelling and Management - full time on campus or distance learning. The course entry points are September and January.

Extensive online learning material is provided to all students via the virtual learning environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access at all times.

Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, email, telephone and Skype.

Intensive study periods - all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme. These are normally around 3 days long. Students and staff enjoy the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry, and the open learning students get the chance to meet the staff face to face. The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly enjoy site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts, that form the major features of the intensive study periods.

Field trips and site visits - there are a number of field trips and site visits which take place mainly during the intensive study periods. There is one European field trip during the MSc programme that takes place at the end of January each year - usually to the Netherlands. As well as bringing together full time and distance learning students, the aim is to integrate knowledge gained in the early part of the programme, to develop team skills and build relationships. The European field trip also exposes MSc students to project management practices outside of the UK and assess the ability of students to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and overseas.

Applied or problem based learning - in response to industry feedback we have made our postgraduate education more practical by using an 'applied' approach to learning, sometimes called 'problem based learning' or PBL. This approach encourages learning by allowing students to actively work through problems that are adapted from complex real situations. As these cross discipline boundaries and require research and collaboration, we use our links with industrial practitioners to help devise the problems we use in class. This leads to a more exciting and relevant student experience.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are largely determined by the use of the applied learning approach which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students working through problems together. These are often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and content intact, using published resources or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

Full time mode: new material is delivered weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern.

Distance learning mode: the virtual learning environment (VLE) is the primary mode of delivery. Communication with open learning students is supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off campus.

Careers and professional development

Graduates of our postgraduate construction programmes have an outstanding employment record. Our graduates are recognised as having excellent levels of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. Consequently, our students go on to be project managers right across the broad spectrum of the construction industries both locally and internationally.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions as Assistant project managers whilst all of our distance learning students are employed full time by prominent companies in the sector.

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This course is run by the School of the Built Environment. Read more
This course is run by the School of the Built Environment

This programme has been designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the built environment sector in respect to the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a working practice, the MSc in Buiding Information Modelling and Management , through its intelligent use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is designed to deliver a flexible and innovative programme of study.

The MSc is available both as a one year full-time programme, and in open-learning mode that is normally taken over two years (extendable up to 5 years). The course consists of four core modules plus research methods and a final dissertation. As each of these core modules is entirely self-contained students may enter the program in either September or January.

Prior to September 2016 entry, this programme was named Construction Project Management and BIM.

Why choose this course?

- We use an ‘applied approach’ to teaching, and our students work on real-life or reality based problems as experienced within the construction sector and its associated industries, consultants and clients.

- You are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most construction project managers only experience when their careers are well-advanced.

- This provides a more interesting and engaging learning environment than the traditional ‘study and examination’ approach to learning.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are largely determined by the use of the applied learning approach which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students working through problems together. These are often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and content intact, using published resources or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

Full-time mode: new material is delivered weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern.

Open learning mode: the virtual learning environment (VLE) is the primary mode of delivery. Communication with open learning students is supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off campus.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework, which includes a great variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Moodle (Brookes online learning environment). Material can be downloaded from our virtual learning environment and closed discussions can take place. It also enables on campus and open learning students to remain in contact with each other.

Field trips

A European field trip is a compulsory element of the PGCert modules. It typically takes place over a five day period towards the end of January and is heavily subsidised by the department.

The aim of the field trip is to consolidate the knowledge gained in the early part of the course and to develop team and other relationships through exposing you to European project management practices and to assess their ability to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and in a European country.

The field trip normally consists of visits to prominent construction/engineering projects and sites, plus architectural attractions, both en route and at the destination. You are introduced to the development and planning practices at the destination, as well as having the opportunity to visit major complex projects.

About our students

The programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and locations. They normally hold degrees in fields relating to built environment including civil engineering, construction, architecture and building, and have decided to contribute to the development of the built environment around us by effectively managing construction projects.

Our students come from as far afield as Nigeria, Russia and India, with backgrounds ranging from recently graduated at undergraduate level, to working with small local companies, to fully established managers in large international construction companies. This diverse group brings with them individual responses to the applied learning approach that is at the core of our course delivery.

Typically the open learning students are employed by a number of different organisations from the private and public sectors in different countries. They have the opportunity to share their experiences to gain better understanding of the industry, the range of challenges that construction project managers face, and therefore the breadth of skills that they need to develop to perform successfully.

Our full time students benefit from contact with the open learning students engaged in construction project management roles in a variety of built environment projects across many countries.

Careers

Graduates of our postgraduate construction programmes have an outstanding employment record. Our graduates are recognised as having excellent levels of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. Consequently, our students go on to be project managers right across the broad spectrum of the construction industries both locally and internationally.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions as Assistant project managers whilst all of our open-learning students are employed full-time by prominent companies in the sector.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional/commercial consultancy work. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our Unit of Assessment (UoA 16) ranked 4th within the University in terms of its Grade Point Average (GPA). We hold the 11th position in terms of Research Impact and Power Rating (GPA x number of full-time equivalent staff submitted) among the 45 institutions that submitted to our unit of assessment.

Many members of staff are part of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD). This research and promotional organisation is noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form among many on-going projects.

A recent HEFCE report into sustainable development in higher education in England suggests that the OISD is one of the key players in sustainable development research.

Research areas and clusters

Areas of interest include:
- sustainability, adaptation and resilience to climate change
- Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- collaborative supply networks for procurement and delivery of project
- building economics
- forecasting techniques
- risk management
- social networks in project environments
- managing complex projects
- management of knowledge and innovation as a source of competitive advantage
- adaptive re-use of existing buildings
- facilities management
- health and safety.

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This MSc focuses on the geoinformation aspects of building information modelling (BIM). The programme also embeds BIM into the wider organisational and legislative framework and introduces students to real-world applications of BIM, along with leading-edge 3D GIS and BIM-related research. Read more
This MSc focuses on the geoinformation aspects of building information modelling (BIM). The programme also embeds BIM into the wider organisational and legislative framework and introduces students to real-world applications of BIM, along with leading-edge 3D GIS and BIM-related research.

Degree information

This programme will educate students in the geometric and semantic aspects of BIM and the integrated management of geospatial and BIM-related data. This includes principles of surveying, 3D reality capture, a general overview of technologies related to mapping sciences, geo-information science and 3D geometric modelling.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one year) is offered.

Core modules
-Applied Building Information Modelling
-Data Analysis
-GIS Principles and Technology
-Mapping Science
-Principles and Practices of Surveying
-Spatial Data Management
-Terrestrial Data Acquisition

Optional modules - students choose one of the following:
-Survey Project
-Image Understanding

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical exercises, and involvement in projects. Assessment is through written examination, coursework and project work.

Careers

Graduates are likely to find work on UK government construction projects and also with international corporations.

Employability
Given the increasing demand both in the UK and internationally for BIM-trained graduates, career prospects are vast.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment. Students have the advantages of studying in a multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of London.

Through its research collaborations the department is in close contact with key industry leaders such as Arup, SKANSKA and Autodesk. Through these contacts it has been possible to verify the industry's need for the exact skills this training will provide.

The department is seeking accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for this new programme.

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The 2011 Government Construction Strategy has stated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) has to be adopted and utilised on all public projects by 2016. Read more

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.

What happens on the course?

Within this course you will study the following modules:

  • BIM Theory and Application
  • Research Methods and Professional Skills
  • Urban Modelling and Analysis
  • BIM for Integrated Project Delivery
  • Implementing and Managing BIM and CAD Systems
  • A choice of an optional modules from Post Graduate modules in the Built Environment the recommended option being Architectural Visualisation
  • Dissertation

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

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



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The MSc Integrated Building Information Management (BIM) at Liverpool John Moores University provides all the latest skills to work in this rapidly expanding field. Read more
The MSc Integrated Building Information Management (BIM) at Liverpool John Moores University provides all the latest skills to work in this rapidly expanding field. You’ll gain CAD software experience and postgraduate management expertise.

•Complete this masters degree in one year (full time), two years (part time)
•Informed by internationally-recognised research from our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
•Gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the field of BIM Management in the UK and overseas in a variety of sectors
•Access the latest computer aided design (CAD) and information management software
•Opportunity to complete an integrated BIM project, working collaboratively with colleagues form other disciplines

This degree is ideal if you are involved in the procurement and management of built assets from a variety of professional disciplines, as it considers the implication of information management from all sides of the industry

You will gain the knowledge and skills to lead information management throughout the life cycle of a project and have an understanding of the implications of decisions made via Integrated Project Delivery.

You will accrue an advanced understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of the:

•interaction processes involved in designing, constructing and managing a building/infrastructure project using BIM, 3D models and big data
•significant factors in the selection of information management techniques to achieve the optimum performance outcomes through the life cycle of a project
•the supply chain both internal and external involved in a BIM project across different disciplines
•current institutional and sector BIM standards and develop project specific protocols
•risk management in BIMtechniques/procedures for successful implementation of a BIM project
•BIM sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions inter-disciplinary skills necessary to work with professionals from a variety of backgrounds

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Project Planning Execution and Control
Risk and Value Management
Integrated BIM Theory
Integrated BIM in Practice
Collaborative BIM Project
Research Methods
Dissertation
Financial Management and BIM
Sustainable Design
Production Management and BIM
Facilities Management and BIM
Civil engineering and BIM

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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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. Read more

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:

  • be familiar with BIM related software and surveying device
  • the ability to apply their skills directly within the surveying and AEC industry
  • react quickly to new technologies and innovations
  • communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and presentations to groups
  • exercise original thought, as well as gain interpersonal, communication and professional skills
  • participate real project work for experience accumulation
  • plan and undertake individual projects

This programme will help:

  • gain a complete understanding of theory, practice and issues of BIM and Geospatial technologies
  • acquire opportunities to use what you have learnt in real project work
  • explore new research methodology to promote development in this field
  • acquire technical skills of software operation, data analysis and design optimization
  • improve team-work ability and communication skill
  • foster individual ability to conduct academic researches

Course structure

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Geospatial Engineering and BIM Research Project
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling and Management
  • Research Project Literature Review
  • Fundamentals of Satellite Positioning
  • Geodetic Reference Systems
  • Analytical Methods
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Measurement Techniques
  • Global Smart City with Integrated BIM
  • 3D Modelling for BIM
  • Research Project Organization and Planning
  • Engineering Surveying
  • BIM and Knowledge Management
  • BIM+ and its Future

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.

Career options for this degree

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.



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Why this course?. The need for advanced technologies has become necessary to accomplish sustainable engineering projects, especially for the construction industry. Read more

Why this course?

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:

  • preparation of the client brief
  • conceptual and detailed design 
  • construction and operational

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. 

You’ll study

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:

  • principles and practices of Advanced Construction Technologies in the architecture/engineering/construction industry
  • new trends related to digital construction, Building Information Modelling, and construction technology
  • sustainability 
  • facilities management
  • construction management (processes, people, procurement)
  • project management (planning, financing, risk)

Open Access

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).

Guest lecturers/speakers

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.

Field trips

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.

Facilities

Studios 

There are two fully-networked design studios; one dedicated to student self-study, the other to interactive design teaching.

Library

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. 

Workshop 

A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction).

PC Lab 

Our lab computers have the main applications required for the course. We also offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.

Learning & teaching

The course is balanced between theory and practice. It’s delivered through:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • group project
  • seminar-led learning, by staff and visiting experts

Assessment

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:

  • studio reviews
  • individual written essays and reports
  • oral presentations
  • dissertation

Careers

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

Employment opportunities for graduates can be related to many construction professions in:

  • design
  • construction 
  • operation of buildings 
  • infrastructure

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.

Graduate skills

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.



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The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing. Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures. Read more

Why take this course?

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing: Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures.

BIM is not just a new technology, or application, but an entirely new method of working that is being adopted across the AEC industry. From 2016, the British Government will only award large public sector building contracts to companies and consortia using BIM. By 2019, this will extend to all public sector contracts, large and small.

This course has been developed specifically to respond to the need for skilled and experienced BIM professionals, not only in the use of the technology, but in its implementation, from design, to procurement, to financial management and throughout the conception, construction and the life of a building.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Cover the fundamentals of project and financial management software such as Revit, CostX, Synchro, as well as design software such as AutoCAD
Learn how to integrate the new technology and methodology of BIM with the established principles of planning and project management
Explore the practical and theoretical applications - and challenges - of BIM and become an advocate and enabler of its adoption by industry

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Masters course will support progression into further research or an academic career. BIM professionals who pursue careers in large or small businesses and in the public sector, can expect to work in roles such as:

BIM Coordinator/Strategist
Project Manager
Consultant
Technician

Our postgraduate courses in Quantity Surveying and Property Development are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This course will also be submitted for accreditation once fully established.

Module Details

You will be taught by staff from a wide range of backgrounds, including architects, quantity surveyors, project managers, construction lawyers, and structural engineers. You will also benefit from the insights of guest lecturers and visiting industry professionals.

Core units include:

BIM Theory and Practice: Understanding the technology and the ways in which the associated software supports building and management processes.

Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management: Understanding how to align corporate and company systems with the BIM method.

Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment: Exploring the potential for further development of BIM and its applications.

Dissertation: An opportunity to complete an independent dissertation project during the final stage of the course. You will be able to choose a subject area of particular personal interest, within the broad scope of the built environment.

Optional Units include:

Strategic and General Management: On this unit you will cover management in the construction industry. You will also cover development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.

Construction Law, Contracts, and Dispute Resolution: This unit provides a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the background to and the working of the legal system in England and Wales relevant to the practice of a quantity surveyor.

Programme Assessment

The classroom element of teaching will be through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Individual projects and group collaboration projects will utilise our specialised computer labs and design studios.

In line with the digital content of the course, all work is developed and submitted electronically through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment methods include:

Individual coursework
Group project
Individual Presentations
Group presentations
Reports
Individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

You will benefit from our strong links with both architecture, engineering and construction industry and professions. BIM is a new and valuable skill to many employers, and graduates from this course are highly sought after. This course also provides you with the skills and knowledge to support employability in a range of professional roles in the built environment, both in the UK and internationally.

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