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An Introduction to Building Information Modelling

Explore the drivers and definitions of BIM and understand why BIM is an important development in the construction industry.

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An Introduction to Building Information Modelling
This course is part of the program Building Information Modelling Foundation, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Construction Management with BIM. Find out more.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process that encourages collaborative working. Why is it important? Why is the industry looking towards BIM and what historical issues does it aim to relieve?

This course will help you develop a better understanding of BIM, the role it plays within the industry, and act as a gateway to further study in construction management and BIM.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is BIM?

  • The historical issues in the construction industry which are driving BIM adoption.

  • A global perspective of BIM.

  • How can BIM help the AEC industry succeed?

  • What are the limitations of BIM?

  • Evaluate key case studies on BIM adoption.

  • The future of BIM.

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You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Evaluate the historical issues within the construction industry which is driving BIM adoption
  • Discuss the requirements for change within the AEC industry
  • Debate the findings relating to key industry case studies
  • Explore the global drivers which have led to BIM adoption
  • Develop a global perspective of what BIM is
  • Reflect on the future of BIM
  • Summarise an overview of the BIM maturity system

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for construction professionals who want to learn more about BIM. It will appeal to learners who have come from academic and professional backgrounds in construction management, architectural technology, building surveying, quantity surveying, civil engineering and building services.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Danny McGough is the course director for the Construction Management with BIM online course at Coventry. He’s worked on a number of complex research projects focusing on BIM & sustainable development.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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This course is part of the program Building Information Modelling Foundation, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Construction Management with BIM.

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