CEM225-Building Information Modelling

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Laura Maftei

Email: l.maftei@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module introduces and explores Building Information Modelling (BIM) as sets of standard processes for managing information across delivery, operations and handover. The course addresses BIM as collaborative process, supported by a range of technologies, and introduces concepts of structured collaboration, data exchange, interoperability, and life cycle information management, in lectures and through group work. Emphasis is placed on the UK BS / PAS 1192 suite of standards as an example of BIM process, although international alternatives are discussed.


To understand the rationale and role of BIM processes in professional work across design, construction and operation.

To recognise the range of processes, standards and approaches which can constitute ‘BIM’.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Understand, articulate and demonstrate structured processes for sharing and interrogating design, construction and operation information in a collaborative project team;

Recognise a variety of BIM and associated standards, such as IFC, Uniclass, COBIE, BS1192, both UK based and international, and understand the rationales for their use, separate from technology / software choices;

Identify and use, through group work activities, a range of software packages appropriate to professional work within a BIM environment (e.g. model servers, data capture, storage and manipulation tools) dependant on type of project and task;

Demonstrate critical understanding of potential benefits, value and challenges of mobilising BIM for design, construction, operation and asset management.


Additional outcomes:

Enhancement in collaborative, group working skills

Developing general IT skills

Outline content:

The history of and rationale for using BIM in the UK and internationally

Benefits of using BIM across design, construction and operation

BIM ‘level 2’: process, standards, roles in line with the UK government mandate

Using BIM processes, standards and tools in collaborative work for design, construction, operation and cost management

Moving beyond level 2: Limits and potential of digital coordination

Global context:

BIM is changing the nature of the design, construction and management of the built environment across the globe. Skills in digital delivery have become important to competitive success in international markets. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course will consist of a mixture of lecture based presentations, discussions and extensive hands-on activity including group work. Practical work will involve learning about BIM through digitally-mediated, collaborative activities in small teams. These activities are hosted in the classroom, the School’s BIM Lounge and IT lab.


Structured preparation will support your learning during the week, and Blackboard will provide details of additional resources, software tutorials and training that you can use to develop skills.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Project Supervision 3
Supervised time in studio/workshop 15
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 65
Project output other than dissertation 35

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

• Q&A sessions at the end of each lecture-based session. Feedback will be given throughout the project work, with informal reviews and advice and input on the activities of each team.  Generic feedback on hands-on activities will be provided to provide formative input into the development of individual work.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
To be reassessed by re-submission of coursework/assignment only. You are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 27 September 2018


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