Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello, and welcome to our online course. My name's Danny McGough and my role is to guide you on your journey through this course. My father was a bricklayer and as a youngster, I was fascinated by how buildings were made. When I left school, I entered the industry as a labourer on sites all over the country starting at the bottom of the ladder. After a few years, I decided to retrain as an architectural technologist at Coventry University. Whilst studying at Coventry, I learned about how buildings are traditionally built using tools such as CAD.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsFrom there it was a small step to see the great potential of Building Information Modelling which brings together the technology with the people, the process and the policy creating a truly collaborative working environment. We have seen how projects can go horribly wrong. In 2009, 48 construction workers were killed when the westside of the Kota Chambal Bridge in India collapsed without warning during construction. In 2011, the roof of the De Grolsch Veste Stadium in the Netherlands collapsed killing two and seriously injury nine people. In 2015, two workers were killed, and 11 others injured after a floor collapsed during the construction of the Suite Building in the Philippines.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 secondsWe are under increasing pressure to build more with fewer resources constructing ever more complex projects. One of the more effective answers to managing construction, improving communication and avoiding delay and disasters is Building Information Modelling, or BIM. BIM offers your team the chance your project twice; once in the risk free virtual environment and then again on site. This ensures that errors are removed before you get on to site. The aim of this course is to help you improve your understanding of BIM. You will explore industry case studies, discuss why change is needed, deepen your understanding of the global impact of BIM and reflect on what the future holds.

Skip to 2 minutes and 24 secondsThis week we look at the underlying BIM concepts and explore what is driving BIM adoption around the world. As well as the course materials our experts bring to you, a very important part of this course are the discussions in the comments area. I very much encourage you to introduce yourself, share your experience, ask questions and get involved in the discussions about BIM. We know that talking about a topic really helps us to understand it. So please be brave, be confident and get involved. I hope you find this course interesting, useful and fun. I look forward to working with you.

Welcome to the course

In this course you will discover why Building Information Modelling (BIM) is important and what historical pressures are leading the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry to look towards BIM to relieve common problems.

You will develop a better understanding of BIM and the role it plays within the industry. This short course acts as a gateway to further study in Construction Management and BIM.

In this video, Lead Educator Danny McGough welcomes you to this Coventry University Online taster course and shares why he believes BIM is important to modern construction and what excites him about its development. Please note that this video contains images which some learners may find distressing.

He talks about how BIM offers the opportunity to minimise disasters, avoid delays and improve communication in construction developments. He illustrates this by pointing to specific disasters that have happened in the construction industry around the world. Further information is available about these in the ‘See also’ section below.

This short course is the introductory two-week course for a program in Building Information Management (BIM) Foundation which forms part of MSc Construction Management with BIM online degree at Coventry University delivered on FutureLearn.


This week …

Through this week’s activities you will:

  • explore what BIM is

  • identify the factors required for BIM adoption

  • define the levels of BIM adoption

  • discover global perspectives of BIM

  • assess the advantages of BIM


Meet the team

Your Lead Educator on this course is Danny McGough who is the Course Director for MSc Construction and BIM at Coventry University. His areas of expertise are in BIM, performance modelling and construction technology.

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Danny is joined by Dr Effie Mpakati Gama who is a Lecturer in Construction Management at Coventry University.

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Kulvir Bahra and Bryan Wilkins are the course Hosts and they will also be providing support during the course.

You can follow them by selecting the link to their FutureLearn profile page and selecting ‘Follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.


Checking your progress …

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, select the Mark as Complete button. This will update your progress page, and will help you to keep track of which steps you’ve done. Any steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your To Do list.

You can check your progress page by selecting the icon at the top of the step, where you’ll see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.

Pre-course survey

Your feedback is really important to us. Please let us know more about your motivations for joining this course by completing FutureLearn’s short, optional pre-course survey. Your views will influence FutureLearn and Coventry University on how we can improve and support future versions of this course.


Your task

In the video, Danny shares his enthusiasm about BIM. In the comments introduce yourself and tell us why you are interested in learning more about BIM.

Remember if you can relate to a comment someone else has made, why not ‘Like’ it or leave a reply? We would suggest that you can filter comments in a variety of ways including ‘Most liked’ and you can also ‘Bookmark’ comments.

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Introduction to Building Information Modelling

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