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Building Information Modelling and Sustainability (MSc)

Course Description

Designed for graduates who wish to develop the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the rapidly evolving area of Building Information Modelling (BIM), used throughout the construction project and the property life cycle, this course is ideal for those currently employed in the industry who wish to develop new skills and adapt their professional abilities in line with the government’s proposal. It has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The MSc Building Information Modelling and Sustainability emphasises the importance of sustainability, in line with the current environmental agenda. It addresses the use of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) within BIM technologies, along with the RICS Property Life Cycle, and Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Awards Scheme (CEEQUAL).

The government’s chief construction adviser has indicated that BIM will become compulsory on publicly-procured projects in the UK from 2016. In future, there will be a demand for bidders and contractors on public building projects who can deliver and manage projects in this framework. This follows the international trend for large clients and government agencies that endorse the use of BIM.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/924-msc-building-information-modelling-and-sustainability

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

- Research Methods and Professional Development
This module will enable you to become competent in recognising the strengths and weaknesses of various quantitative and qualitative methods appropriate to relevant research projects; and in collecting, presenting, analysing, and interpreting information.

- Environmental Management
This module will broaden your awareness of current and established environmental and waste management issues and practice, and enable you to critically evaluate strategies for business improvements.

- Project Management and Techniques
You will obtain a critical appreciation of the latest methodologies and techniques for project management, and evaluate the processes associated with controlling, executing and commissioning a specific project.

- 3D Building Information Modelling
On this module you will critically evaluate the importance of BIM and collaboration, and understand the legal implications of data sharing. Furthermore, this module will give you an opportunity to use several 3D BIM packages to generate 3D, 4D and 5D models.

- Beyond the Three Dimensions
This module will enable you to critically evaluate the legal implications of data sharing and develop a comprehensive understanding of the interoperability between different software packages to produce 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D and 8D designs.

- Sustainable by Design and Applications (Project)
On this module you will use your knowledge to develop a BIM model based on an existing project from our industry partners. This will incorporate the relevant information to generate all documents including plans and schedules from 3D to 8D. The module will also give you a critical awareness of BREEAM, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Code for Sustainable Homes, CEEQUAL and Passivhaus.

- Dissertation
This module enables you to undertake a major piece of investigative research over an extended period of time, and to demonstrate an ability to gather, analyse and report the products of your research with academic rigor.

Learning and teaching methods

Tuition combines traditional lectures and tutorials with problem-based learning, through workshops and site visits. You will get the chance to use a series of design and BIM applications such as REVIT, ArchiCAD, Navisworks, CostX and FM:Systems to produce 4D, 5D, 6D and 7D designs, and incorporate BREEAM, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Code for Sustainable Homes, and CEEQUAL.

If you study full-time, you will need to attend the University two days a week (usually Monday and Wednesday). For part-time students, the commitment is one day a week (usually either Monday or Wednesday). This is subject to change, please contact the University for the most up-to-date information.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The government’s chief construction adviser, Paul Morrell, indicated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) will become compulsory on publicly procured projects from 2016. This means bidders and contractors on future public building projects would be required to use BIM.

Our strong industrial and commercial links help us tailor our courses to meet employer’s needs, and ensure you graduate with the right skills to develop an exciting, dynamic career in construction. This industry relationship has been formalised into the Built Environment Strategic Forum (BESF). The mutual benefits arising from this university/industry partnership are significant and guarantee enhanced employability potential to our students and graduates.

According to an article published by RICS, "recent experience indicates a trend in large clients and government agencies across the globe to mandate the use of BIM, not only for delivery of the building, but also as a tool to manage operationally. BIM has the potential to impact every aspect of the building profession. BIM is not going to go away, and so we must, therefore, learn to adapt and embrace or risk the threat of losing ground to others.

MSc Building Information Modelling and Sustainability graduates will be equipped to become BIM Managers. They will also have strong knowledge of how to achieve sustainability, which is valuable for any role within the construction industry.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary and include written projects, coursework, project work, presentations and examinations. The course culminates with a dissertation, which requires a substantial research project.

Part-time students have the option of a fast-track route by completing their dissertation over the summer at the end of their second year.

Visit the Building Information Modelling and Sustainability (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree at class 2:2 or above in a discipline relevant to the built environment such as architecture, building surveying, civil ngineering, commercial management, construction management, project management or quantity surveying. Alternatively, an Honours degree at class 2:2 or above in a non-construction subject with a minimum of five years’ relevant experience in the construction nvironment, or relevant experience and an appropriate professional qualification such as RICS, RIBA, CIOB, MICE and MIStructE. The course also welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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