The course introduces students to Building Information Modeling based on their previous domain knowledge (civil engineering, architecture & IT), which is evolutionary extended thru the problembased approach using interesting real-life AECO (Architecture, Engneering, Construction, Operation) BIM-projects (buildings and infrastructures including MEP (mechanical and electrical installations) and HVAC (heating, ventilation)) that lecturer participated in as BIM manager and/or BIM modeler. The course delivers conceptual and practical technical knowledge and understanding of BIM as a process, which results in a building model. Goal of the course is to equip students with conceptual knowledge and technical skills for their future BIM projects. The course also ensures input knowledge for the elective course “BIM project for construction and infrastructure” (16M120).



 First part of the lectures includes presentation of BIM-concepts in the life cycle of the AECO project (terminology, benefits, metrics for evaluation of BIM in the construction project, BIM nD models, software & IT architectures, etc.). Second part presents technologies for BIM (parametric models, classification of software for BIM, use of BIM technology in different phases of a construction project, a list of the most common BIM tools, planning and organization of the selection and use of tools for BIM, etc.). Third part presents BIM standards (Data Dictionary for BIM (ISO 12006-3: 2007, IFD), buildingSMART data dictionary, BIM processes (ISO 29481, IDM), data model for BIM (ISO 16739: 2013, IFC). Last part presents requirements (human resources, technical, construction contract, intellectual property rights, responsibilities of stakeholders in the construction project, etc.) and demonstrates use of BIM server in federated scenarios. Labs include practical work on computers with demostration of BIM models thru BIM-tools like ArchiCAD, Revit, AllPlan and DDS-CAD (BIM for electrical instalations) along with tools for terrain modeling from 3D-point clouds (i.e. LAStools for LIDAR data).



  • Borrmann, A., König, M., Koch, C., Beetz, J., Building Information Modeling, Technologische Grundlagen und industrielle Praxis, Springer 2015. Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R., & Liston, K. (2011).
  • BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. Building (Vol. 2, p. 650). doi:10.1002/9780470261309 Deutsch R.,
  • buildingSMART Standards,
  • Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model — buildingSMART, buildingSMART. (2014).
  • OpenInfra initiative, IFC-Bridge & IFC for Roads Infrastructure room.,
  • Selected papers from Automation in Construction, Advanced Engineering Informatics, ITCon