cod. 1008597

Academic year 2019/20
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Topografia e cartografia (ICAR/06)
Tirocini formativi e di orientamento
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding:
The student, at the end of the course, should have a deeper knowledge of integrated building design, project management and building management from a BIM point of view. The student should have developed a good understanding of BIM technologies, applications and teamwork approaches.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the laboratory the student should be capable of designing medium size projects using BIM methodologies integrating his/her architectural, structural, energy analysis and technical systems skills. Besides mandatory modelling skills the student should be able to co-operate in a multidisciplinary workflow, managing teamwork related tasks. Moreover the student should be capable of evaluating, through BIM methods, different building designs both from an environment and financial sustainability point of view.

Making judgements:
At the end of the course the student should have developed basic judgment skills to evaluate the integration of the different disciplines and their complex interactions using BIM approaches.

Comunication skills:
At the end of the course the student should have developed a good ability in team working. The student is expected to illustrate critically and highlight rationally his/her project solutions.

Learning skills:
The course should bring the student to develop a good understanding of the most recent features and issues involved in Building Information Modelling. The student should be capable of autonomously investigate and improve his/her knowledge and skills autonomously in such fields.


Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of CAD software;
Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of technical architecture, technical physics, technical systems in buildings, project management;

Course unit content

The course aims at introducing the students to BIM methodologies and is structured in a series of laboratory experiences with contextual theoretical background. The following topics will be considered: BIM approaches, rules and regulations, workflows, building modelling, project management and execution using BIM. The students will develop, throughout the course, a case study considering all the previous topics.

Full programme


Suggested textbooks:
Chuck Eastman, Paul Teicholz, Rafael Sacks, Kathleen Liston. BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. ISBN: 978-0-470-54137-1. John Wiley & Sons.

Di Giuda G.M., Villa V., Il BIM. Guida completa al Building Information Modeling per committenti, architetti, ingegneri, gestori immobiliari e imprese. ISBN: 978-8820367053. Hoepli 2016.

Pozzoli S., Bonazza M., Villa S., Autodesk Revit Architecture 2017. Guida alla progettazione BIM. ISBN: 978-8848131377. Tecniche Nuove, 2016.

Other resources:
Lecture Slides (Available on the Elly web portal)

Teaching methods

The subject is designed for civil engineering students and is developed on in-class laboratory experiences (in computer lab) with contextual theoretical background presented mainly using powerpoint slides. Practical activities (computer lab and home activities) will be performed by the students in small working groups (team) that will work on assigned case studies. Every group is expected to identifying the different activities, assigning the different tasks to its participants and simulating a multi-disciplinary building designing process.
Ath the end of the course every student is expected to illustrate his/her team-project highlighting his/her contribution.

Assessment methods and criteria

The course is graded based on
Project development (in group)
Individual discussion in which, individually the student is expected to illustrate the different solutions considered in their case study, highlighting how BIM methodologies help making all the different decision, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of the different design scenarios. The student is expected to show good critical and rational skills illustrating his/her project solutions.

Grades will be determined using the following grades and based on the following aspects:
Project development (65%):
Individual discussion (35%):

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